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28/08/2015 - 1:02 AM


LongingBeautiful Robert - lovely expression - not too posed and well lit.
I do want to sharpen the eyes though and define the lashes.
Did you try the sharpen tool - not quite sure what opacity to use
but around 11% doesn't usually overdo it.
13/08/2015 - 10:37 PM

Lady in the Black Dress

Lady in the Black DressThe blacks have been handled very well Robert with folds in the dress evident.
Not sure if your b/g is meant to be white - as you probably know you can click the b/g
and white pointer in Levels to correct exposure or adjust temperature in RAW.
Critique Team could offer better guidance.
You have done a remarkable number of very different and good portraits
09/08/2015 - 3:16 PM


NatalieWell lit with no shadows and a lovely model with a great smile.
The only thing which you might consider is using the
spot healing brush on the lines on her neck caused by turning round?
Sorry to often add a possible improvement when you do this much better than I could!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
01/08/2015 - 11:41 AM


RachelI'm not sure what the experts would say about sharpening the eyes in this softer image?
Also the little fold of flesh beside the left armpit (right on the screen) could be smoothed away
with the healing brush! A tricky one with shadow of armpit beside it but we girls don't like the merest hint
of excess flesh!!!
Beautifully handled light with no nasty shadows around the face.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
26/07/2015 - 10:33 AM


ZoeVery well lit Robert with emphasis on the well shaped lips.
In this instance a bit more mascara would be better - also did you know you can use the sharpen tool
over the eyes - vary the opacity until you feel it's right - a little tip our club pro taught me - his speciality is
Kate GrinGrinGrin
21/07/2015 - 12:34 AM


ContemplationA beautiful pose and such perfect skin and light.
Have you tried a square crop avoiding the knee - cropped in from left to allow more space on right of square.
it's really the face which I want to look at here.
Perhaps you already have more close ups.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
18/07/2015 - 12:41 AM


JenI think this would have looked softer with less make up.
Lovely curves.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
09/05/2015 - 12:01 PM

Comma Pair

Comma PairThe commas couldn't have arranged themselves any better for you in this Alan.
Perhaps a little bit of softening in the centre where you've inadvertently used a hard brush and removal of branches on left.
I've done the same myself on a lovely flower image once.
Maybe upload a version as this is such a lovely image.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
16/01/2015 - 9:34 PM

The sea was rough

The sea was roughNow you're beginning to use different settings and really learn how to use your new camera.
When I attempt to capture waves I use Shutter Priority (different name on a Nikon) and if I select 1/400 sec I put the ISO up to 320 or 400 to get enough light and speed to capture the action.
Sometimes it can be too bright, so you have to experiment as the light is always different.
Downside is burn out in the sky so maybe avoid including the sky in your image.
Other members may have different suggestions. Try them all and compare results.
V1 - you've exposed for the sky but the wave is dark.
V4 - the wave is good but sky burnt out.
Can you see what I'm getting at?
Kate GrinGrinGrin
31/12/2014 - 2:06 PM

Whooper Swan

Whooper SwanBeautiful detail in that neck, good catchlight and good b/g colour to show off his yellow beak.
Max keep up the good work - hope 2015 is great year for you in every way.
Did you learn how to do masks yet?
When you lighten or darken an image but don't want it all over, you make a layer mask see the symbol
at top of levels, you then take the brush tool making sure it is a soft brush, then with the black square on top of the white square, third from bottom in tools at left hand side - brush over the area you want to keep as it was. You can switch to the white square on top if you want to correct an area you've brushed out. You can vary the opacity also if you just want to partially erase a levels move.
You should find a Utube video on most things you want to learn.
There's loads I still need to learn.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
29/12/2014 - 10:22 PM

Whooper Swans

Whooper SwansThe black point can be found in Levels on left of the histogram where there are three choices of black(top) grey(middle) and white (bottom). You click the little pointer - looks like a dagger on black, grey or white then choose something in your image which should be one of those colours. This then corrects
the white balance throughout your image. Sometimes it looks quite extreme and I'm not entirely sure why that happens. Hopefully banehawi will get back to you to explain.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
16/12/2014 - 11:38 PM

Naughty Fox

Naughty FoxGood to see the fun element introduced Dave!
Green b/g makes a good contrast for the hair.
I'd maybe tone down that forehead shine and even out the tan make-up unless
you felt it suited the more light hearted portrait.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
08/12/2014 - 11:05 PM

Two of a kind...

Two of a kind...Lovely detail in the necks Fred - I do agree with dudler about the breathing space.
you can't help the left hand side since that was how you framed it but extending the top
is easy. If you click the crop tool then pull up the middle top marker to extend the image size, then you can clone in with a soft brush (top left) and clone in the water taking care not to have a repeating pattern. If you have elements 12 or 13 there is an amazing tool called Content Aware - the blank space which you'll have after extending the image can be selected with selection tool, then press backspace which activates Content Aware and it fills in the space you've selected - sometimes you
have to clone out parts which you don't want and also you usually need to fill in around the edges.
you'll find a Utube video for mostly every thing you want to learn.
Just Google Utube learn to clone or use Content Aware or anything else you want to learn.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
03/11/2014 - 12:46 PM

Castle at Lindesfarne

Castle at LindesfarneA lovely pov in V1 but I think it could be improved in Photoshop/ Elements.
More contrast could be brought out and the shadows lifted.
If you enable mods, I'm sure somebody will have a try.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
03/06/2014 - 5:58 PM

Salford Gold

Salford GoldMy first reaction to this image was that it was too bright.
something I'm guilty of myself.
I tried moving the gamma slide to the righ to darken the shadows
and I liked it better - more depth and contrast.
Try it and see Jason - let me know if you prefer it as is.
I often find mods of my images are so much better.
That said it's an amzing image.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
18/04/2014 - 10:24 PM

The missing clock ...

The missing clock ...An interesting effect with topaz adjust - the hard thing is choosing from the presets!
The noise in one area is curious - the blur tool on that area might help.
Remove noise should be under filters I think in elements.
Have a lovely Easter.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
16/04/2014 - 3:48 PM

Come inside..

Come inside..A beautiful tulip Fred and lovely bokeh in background which could probably do with dulling down a little so as not to distract from your subject. I'd probably do this with a layer mask - when you brighten your image, keep the flower bright, but with a layer mask you can erase the brightness on the b/g. There will be a demonstration tutorial on site or on utube which could show you this.
Critique team will maybe explain also.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
09/02/2014 - 2:09 PM

Crazy Angle

Crazy AngleGreat angle Billy - lovely old homestead.
I love the colour as it is but wanted to lighten the grass in the mono.
Don't think the mod has altered much. I burn tin the shadows a bit in stone work and grass
but to lighten the grass, I think I'd have needed to do it in channels in photoshop other than a selection.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
27/01/2014 - 2:22 PM

titanic quarter at night

titanic quarter at nightA lovely angle on this amazing building Billy.
I've uploaded a mod to demonstrate if you clip a corner as you have top let - it is easy to add to the canvas
and clone in the missing tip. In Photoshop under Image, Canvas you choose a colour to match area needing extended,
add to height or width number (experiment till you learn how much) then choose to add top, bottom, left or right by selecting arrow,
this takes a little while to understand as you seem to select in opposite direction from chosen destination. Not sure how it's laid out in
Very useful to learn this as we so often spoil a good image by missing a little bit.
I didn't make any other adjustments Billy - you're more adept at Night Photography than I am.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
25/01/2014 - 11:51 PM

Lapwings in flight

Lapwings in flightI doubt that any image of a flock of birds can capture what you see and feel as they head for pastures new.
I notice you were on Spot metering which was probably from shooting another image - I assume Evalutive would be best choice -
so many settings to consider and no time if the birds suddenly appear.
I found seagulls were good bird to practise bird images, as they don't seem to fly so fast!
Kate GrinGrinGrin