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Another  Group shot - Sadly NOT PIN SHARP

Another Group shot - Sadly NOT PIN SHARP by I_SPY

Quote: Recording media: RAW (digital)

Quote: Currently I Use PS CS5, and I have not yet started to "sharpen" the images, been watching tutorials online to see the best way to sharpen images.

I think that this might be your problem, right there. Shooting in RAW will not give you as sharp an image straight out of camera as shooting in JPEG. Fact. Why? RAW is designed for the professional who wants to control how the image is sharpened, while the software in your camera will sharpen JEPGs automatically.

If you are shooting in RAW, you have to do some post processing, inclusing sharpening in order to make the image look good - but if you do it right, it will look far better than if you had taken a JPEG in the first place. If you are not sharpening RAW images in your post processing, you will fail.

Hope that helps.


leaf by gypsy24

Coming over from the forums, this shot is a classic case in point where a little (not much!) work in photoshop or something similar could yeild some serious benefits.

The composition is really nice - offset, three areas of interest and some lovely lines and textures, but it all needs a touch of 'wow' to grab the eye. In photo slang, it needs to 'pop' more. Mainly this means that it needs contrast adjustments to make it all a little more three dimensional. It would also benefit (as do almost all shot straight from camera) from a little sharpening.

I would then be tempted to take the glare down a touch and darken the background bottom left and right, but that is really a question of artistic taste.

Another 'taste' thing, since this is pretty much all the same colour, I would be very tempted to try it in black and white - that would make the viewer really concentrate on the texture and structure, which are really rather good in this shot.

Of course all of this is just one person's opinion! Have fun with the new lens.

Rooms With A View

Rooms With A View by Philo

Excellent job on the exposure - it is about perfect! The composition is nice with the river leading in from the right and you have superb depth of field. The subject matter does not grab me, but that is not really relevant here!

what do you see 2

what do you see 2 by mabaron

Clearly digital art rather than photography, not my speciality! Nicely balanced composition, but perhaps it would benefit if the eyes were sharper? Nice idea!

Venturing Out

Venturing Out by Wide-eyed

From the lighting to the composition (and excellent modelling!) this is just lovely.


Sunset by Yazzer

Tricky subject to shoot - too light and you lose the sky, too dark you lose the ground. This is definitely an area where HDR will help. I would be interested to know what settings you used here to get blur on the left, and sharpness on the right - was it windy? There is potential here for a really lovely shot.

Urban Landscape

Urban Landscape by maxmelvin19

Interesting use of a low contrast, desaturated image to convey a sense of 'greyness' and finality without going to BW. Good job!

Growing Up

Growing Up by and

I think that the very bright blues of his jeans and shirt take the attention away from his face a little, perhaps you could tone that down a tad?

Artistically, it depends on what you were going for. One option would be to take from a low angle as you have - to emphasise the growing UP, but give him more space (maybe even stood at the left hand one third point of a landscape pic, to demonstrate that he is still little? Just a thought. This may also help to balance the very bright boy against the very dull stone.

Frank (as well)


fox by martyn_b

Really nice snap - especially under the conditions! Would be really interested to see what it might look like if you burned the snow in front of the fox a little to take the glare off it?

Poor beggar looks rather chilly!

On Frozen Pond

On Frozen Pond by chieflong

Great, moody shot. I like how the colours have been toned to give it a cold, dark feel to fit with the winter theme. A little too strong on either the HDR or the shadow/highlight tool though for my tastes - that halo at the top of the trees is a bit off-putting.


Spitfire by burnsey

Really nice, clear capture with a stack of detail. I like the composition with the angle of the plane body. What lens did you shoot this with?


Lilies by timbradley

Nice use of the rule of thirds, but compositionally I would have included the bottom of the lily flower too. I would suggest also either making use of the remaining buds to add to the composition, or making sure they don't show and going for simplicity.

In lighting terms, the on-board flash for most DSLRs is for use in desparate circumstances only - they are universally harsh and the direct front lighting does little to make the image appealing.

Try using a tripod and some side lighting - have a play and try boosting the ISO and aperture instead?

H.M.S. Belfast

H.M.S. Belfast by RobMacormac

Great moody sky, fits well with the warship image. Would be interested to know what ISO you shot this on?

Asiatic lion

Asiatic lion by michaeldannyboy

Nice crisp portrait of this lady with excellent eye contacts and DoF. All the major points covered. If I was to tweak this in PS, I would use some curves to pump up the contrast a little and give it some more depth, perhaps also lighten the eyes to grip the viewer a little more. Really nice shot though.

Bleak Dawn

Bleak Dawn by Dave_Henderson

Great moody shot, I would be tempted to crop out the top 3/4" to balance the composition, but it is a very compelling image!


bbbb....** by papajedi

Nice colours and symettry, but the sideline vignette doesn't seem to lead the eye anywhere specific? Great autumnal feel though.

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DSLR Shoot out25/08/2010 - 11:14 AM
Commenting09/12/2009 - 1:25 PM
Constructive criticism12/11/2009 - 4:52 PM
Camera clubs and photoshop19/10/2009 - 4:05 PM
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