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10/11/2008 - 12:54 AM


Quote: kindly let me know how can I improve this

On the technical level you could remove the strong yellow colour cast, adjust the lighting to bring out the shadow areas, avoiding bleaching out the highlights, and sharpen somewhat. I've uploaded a mod to try and demonstrate this.

On the aesthetic level, and taking into account the title, the shadow seems completely dominated by the person and the guitar. Repositioning to give more prominence to the shadow could have helped.
04/11/2008 - 11:46 AM

Deer at Dusk

Deer at DuskA pleasant enough shot. There is a slight blue colour cast in it which needs to be removed and a bit more contrast and sharpness would not go amiss. I have uploaded a modification for you.
23/10/2008 - 11:41 PM

Wedding Couple

Wedding Couple
Quote: Help needed for colour calibrating these wedding photos

I've uploaded a modification for you, in which levels and curves have been adjusted and the colour balance altered to slightly warmer.

More generally the couple are neither looking at each other nor at the camera. The groom is staring at something in the distance and the bride seems to be positively looking away from him. Their expressions look a little forced! Wink
22/10/2008 - 8:19 PM

Pitsford Sunset

Pitsford SunsetAn appealing shot. I do wonder though whether it might benefit from some cropping to (a) place the sun in note quite so central a position and (b) to remove some of the dark featureless areas. Also a tweak of levels and curves to give a bit more impact.

I have uploaded a modification for you.
20/10/2008 - 2:17 AM


SpottedWell spotted! Nothing too much wrong with this image - you have caught a rippled reflection too. Perhaps if you had waited just a moment until the pelican's head was slightly more in profile it might have been better, but that's being picky! Wink

A slight colour correction, increase in contrast and additional sharpness could assist, perhaps. I've uploaded a modification for you.
17/10/2008 - 6:45 PM

Broken window

Broken windowOn looking at this, I first wondered whether there was really a picture at all here, rather than a series of random elements. In particular, the dominant feature is the metal bars running across the photo.

Perhaps by cropping and levelling, plus a general uplift in lighting, this might be an effort worth keeping. I've uploaded modification for you.
15/10/2008 - 6:14 PM


GridA good attempt at an abstract (V1) but, perhaps, suffering from a few issues:

(1) There's no discernible focal point. The centre of the photo is 'framed' by wires etc but is just blank sky.
(2) The lighting is a bit flat. The shapes are not strong or interesting enough to overcome that.
(3) The wires at the bottom of the pic appear unsharp.
(4) There's a fair bit of noise - most noticeably in the sky area at the top of the photo.

Maybe some cropping and toning could help increase interest. I've uploaded a mod... just my idea: you could play around with this in a number of ways.

I do wonder though whether the abundance of blank sky ultimately works against this being a wholly successful abstract? HTH. Smile
14/10/2008 - 11:49 PM


WheelsWell-spotted! Perhaps a bit too much wall here and a pit you cropped the bootom of one of the wheels. Also the photo could do with a bit more contrast - the lighting is a bit flat. I've uploaded a mod for you.
13/10/2008 - 8:26 PM


Quote: i really dont know what to make of it

I can see what you mean! Perhaps the problem here is that you have not captured the whole of the wheel. It is cut off at the front - which is just where you want a bit of space for the wheel to 'move' into, so to speak. The colour balance is a bit out but that is easily sorted... I've uploaded a mod.
13/10/2008 - 8:16 PM

A New Arrival

A New ArrivalAn appealing photo and one I am sure the couple will treasure. My slight reservation is about the frame. Quite artistically done but perhaps it is a slight distraction. I've uploaded a mod in which I have altered the frame and slightly tweaked the colour.
12/10/2008 - 11:35 PM

The Nervous Groom

The Nervous GroomA good capture of the mood. But the selective colouring concentrates attention on the overexposed flower in the ;lapel. A straight B/W shot might be better with some tweaking to get detail back into the flower. I've uploaded a mod.
12/10/2008 - 3:25 PM

Foggy Plymouth Hoe

Foggy Plymouth HoeQuite a good juxtaposition of the two structures, although there is some inevitable distortion through the use of a wide-angle. There also seem to be a few 'jaggies'?

The photo could benefit from cropping away much of the grassy foreground and a slight tweak to the lighting. I've uploaded a mod which I hope you will find helpful.
20/09/2008 - 10:16 PM

What Happened???

What Happened???Nice pic! Grin

Agree with the comments above. Also, if I'm not mistaken you may have some dust on your sensor (visible in the sky area). I've cloned these out and tweaked the lighting a bit in the mod I've uploaded.
13/09/2008 - 12:50 PM


seeI quite like what you have done with this. But the photo does need a bit more work on it, I feel. An increase in contrast and a bit of cropping could enhance it. I've uploaded a modification for you to consider.
06/09/2008 - 4:55 PM

Sunlit wood

Sunlit wood
Quote: A deliberately underexposed image

In such circumstances it may be better to emphasise shape and light. The residual colour doesn't really add much to the photo so you could get rid of it altogether by converting to B/W and then adding some toning analogous to the wood. I've uploaded a modification to illustrate what I mean.
03/09/2008 - 11:38 AM


Quote: Thanks CB. One question though, how do you address this on the set? Do you light meter on the white dress? Wouldn't it risk lost of detail on the blacks? OK, more than one question. Is there a way of avoiding the problem on the set or you just have to sacrifice one and address it during editing? Thanks again.

Particularly with digital capture it's important to avoid overexposure as it is often impossible to recover detail lost. If something is slightly underexposed you can almost always bring out detail in the darker areas when editing. There is no "right" answer to this; it is where a feature such as auto-bracketing comes in very handy!
03/09/2008 - 12:23 AM

Side Shot

Side ShotA very closely cropped photo and none too flattering I think, despite the attractiveness of the subject. Wink Some of the skin around the eyes looks strangely rough.

The photo is soft but that is not a bad thing for a subject of this nature - and such a close up. The stark B/W could perhaps do with a bit of warm tone. The digital noise is rather noticeable and needs to be reduced using imaging software.

I have uploaded a modification for you to consider.
31/08/2008 - 5:15 PM


JuvenileCute bird! Wink You've done pretty well to capture this. I think the photo could be enhanced with a bit of cropping and, certainly, it is somewhat lacking in contrast. I've uploaded a modification.
29/08/2008 - 9:22 PM

'ull II

'ull IIA decent sharp capture but, perhaps, suffering a little from too many distracting elements. A bit of cropping might help. I've uploaded a mod for your consideration.
28/08/2008 - 11:27 AM

A helping hand

A helping handAgree about the Ahhhh factor! Wink

The eye contact (with catchlights) is good. The only downside is the hand (although I do realise the connection with the title!) - and the baby does look a bit orange on my monitor. I have attempted to address these issues in the modification I've uploaded.