Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

Get the new ON1 Photo 10 and Save $100 Today. Use Code: GetPhoto10 View Offer

Connect to User

Boats of the Ligurian coast. ManarolaI really like this.
Angles everywhere and none of them going anywhere in particular!
There is a slight yellow cast to it which disappears if you convert it from Adobe RGB to sRGB, which I've done in my mod but the original's not unattractive as it is.
I also applied an 'S' curve which has also enhanced the contrast and colours.
And that's all I did.
Hope this helps.
01/10/2015 - 10:01 PM


LaneI quite like this.
Doubtless, you could apply various permutations of white balance to taste but personally, I'd leave that alone.
I'd lose the dark areas to each side though; in fact, it would probably have been a better idea to shoot it as a portrait in the first place.
I don't agree with the Bruce's comment re. the woman walking away. She needs to be there to provide a focal point. And preferably, I think, walking away, rather than facing us.
Hope this helps.
20/09/2015 - 8:10 PM

Payton in black and white

Payton in black and whiteInspired by "The Afghan Girl" perhaps?
The enlargement brought about by (I guess) an extreme crop has robbed it of a lot of its quality as can be seen by clicking on it and viewing the smaller version.
A great idea though.
19/07/2015 - 9:52 PM


***Presumably, you took this standing up? You'd have got a better viewpoint if you'd shot level with her eyes.
I'd crop this to 8x10, losing the distractions in the garden to the right, amputating some more of his arm, which was probably better chopped off at the wrist but the crop required it.
The crop also gets rid of the rear end of the car
That cloning behind her head needs some attention. In my mod., I've just filled it with some neutral grey but there's sufficient grass in the background you could use instead.
It would just take more time.
I've increased the exposure and added some contrast; finally some sharpening.


Edit: I've just noticed that I've cropped the edge of of the "Coupé Devils" sticker. I should have avoided that.
21/01/2015 - 7:30 PM

Snow 2

Snow 2Hi Kathryn,
This is good but despite the histogram telling me otherwise, it's a little underexposed.
Your camera's meter has tried to "see" the snow as mid-grey, rather than white and has set an exposure accordingly. Possibly made worse by using "Programme?" You'll fare better using "Aperture."
Also, the -0.3 that you have dialled in hasn't helped.
To expose for a shot like this, with a fair amount of snow, you needed to dial in some deliberate overexposure. Perhaps as much as a full stop, in some cases, to allow for the meter's misreading.
Try using black and white "thresholds" in curves on the image above and you'll see what I mean.
There's a really great shot in there. It just neds a little help!

Hope this helps.


And good luck for tomorrow!
19/01/2015 - 5:28 PM


HelleborusHi again Mike,
Some really good colours in there.
It's just a shade underexposed but only a shade and given that the camera was pointing towards the sky that's no surprise.
In fact, it's done a good job, getting it almost exactly right.
I find the second flower. on the left, is a bit of a distraction but there's some rim lighting on the main one which adds some separation.
Did you consider any other crops? A square one's the obvious one but there's also an 8x10 in there, losing most of the left hand side.
Hope this helps.
12/01/2015 - 8:30 PM

Jemima Puddle-Duck

Jemima Puddle-DuckI'll overlook the title!
Nicely captured Mike, although there are some artefacts in the background.
The green background's not doing you any favours either.
There's a school of thought; to which I subscribe, which says that the frame or surround to a shot should never be the same, or similar to, the predominant colour in the image.
Hope this helps and that the eyes situation improves as quickly as possible.
24/08/2014 - 11:38 AM

Building @ Sanchi

Building @ SanchiThe correction, if that's the right word, of verticals is always open to debate as it's such a subjective idea.
It's only possible to get verticals truly vertical if the lens's front element is itself vertical and exactly parallel in the vertical plane to the subject and even then, there's likely to be some distortion around the edges.
When you're shooting across, or up (or both!) at a subject you'll almost always encounter some distortion due to perspective which can't really be completely got rid of. Pulling one corner outwards will cause the middle to distort, for example. It's really a case of making adjustments until it "looks right."
In reality, of course, we see perspective in everything at which we look. It's just that our brains tell us not to notice it.
Personally, unless it's extreme, I rarely touch the verticals in my images. Doing so can so easily make matter worse.
But as I say, it's subjective.
11/02/2014 - 9:35 PM

Brighton Pier

Brighton PierHi Jasmine,
I know this scene very well! It's where I come from and grew up.
Your finished shot (I haven't touched your original) is underexposed and appears to have a slight magenta cast.
I adjusted the exposure simply by using curves; applying thresholds to find a pure black and white, which I thought I'd achieved but there's been a slight shift in the colour during the uploading of my mod. and while the froth is white on the copy I have here, it's still slightly too grey in my uploaded mod. I'm sure you'll get the idea though!
The magenta cast seems to have gone too.
Hope this helps,
08/02/2014 - 9:33 PM

Our fantastic chippy

Our fantastic chippyHi Ash,
I think Paul has sums it up when he says that you really needed to have some more foreground.
Personally, I'd have got in closer, or cropped more seriously to remove the top and the RHS.
If possible, it would have paid you to wait until the van had gone too.
I like the idea of the light trails; it's something I've yet to try but be careful, they can easily become very clichéd.
As Keith says (and I'm surprised Paul hasn't), it could do with someone leaning in the doorway with a bag of chips.
I can't agree with Moira re. the white balance. Auto gets it right, or very, very nearly right about 99% of the time. For the other 1% you can correct it in software.
Switching your camera settings to tungsten would remove some of the yellow but it would also change the colour of the shop lights. Assuming this is a shot that you could easily replicate, it might be worth going back and trying several combinations of all of your settings and various compositions.
I've added a mod. in which I've simply cropped it and added a strip of black to the bottom to represent the foreground to which I referred.

Hope this helps.


For some reason, not shared with me, my mod. failed to appear, so I uploaded it again.
Naturally, that caused the first one to join it. Please ignore one of them. It matters not, which one!
19/01/2014 - 7:57 PM

Bait Island

Bait IslandYou don't say how you converted this but I wonder if it's really a suitable image for conversion in the first place.
The original's quite flat, with very little tonal range, resulting in the converted versions, looking very heavy and lifeless.
As Eric has said, the lighthouse blends into the sky.
Ideally, you could have done with some low, directional sunlight to brighten it up and cast some shadows.
Hope this helps.
31/12/2013 - 7:58 PM


CafeHi Torsten,

It's worked, hasn't it . . . ?

If you'd stepped slightly to the left, you'd have got all of the arches centralised, one inside the other and that poster (?) on the wall to the left would have been hidden. You could then, possibly, have cropped it to keep just the arches.
Also, you've missed the top of the closest arch, although I've a feeling that that couldn't be helped.
Once again, the colour and the processing is spot on.

I like it; hope this helps.

30/12/2013 - 8:03 PM


GeorgieA spot of fill flash would have brought this to life.
I'm sure you took this as a landscape deliberately but I'd be inclined to crop it to a portrait, losing most of the background, which isn't particularly interesting.
Otherwise, I rather like it. It's well focused and the young lady's nearly smiling!
29/12/2013 - 7:33 PM

The Personage No 3

The Personage No 3Hi Mario,
Another good shot.
I'm not sure though, that you needed that -2/3.
It looks slightly underexposed, confirmed and easily adjusted just using levels.
I've added a mod. in which I've done that and I've also slightly desaturated the red channel only.
I've also removed the bit of his hat that stands out to the side. I know it was there in reality and I rarely remove things that are but on this occasion I thought that it might help.
I've also added some catchlights to his eyes.
You've used up a fair bit of space with that white border too.

Hope this helps.

28/12/2013 - 7:48 PM

The organist

The organistThis one doesn't work at all for me, I'm afraid.
That dark area seems unattached, as if it's been added on as an afterthought.
I'd probably have stopped with your composition using just the organist and Church organ.

28/12/2013 - 7:38 PM

Houses of Parliament

Houses of ParliamentI've stood and taken shots from where you stood to get this many times but I've never taken one quite like this.
Technically, although I'm not really in a position to comment, I think it's very clever. The composition works well and the colours are excellent.
I particularly like the inclusion of the lights from the boat that's passed beneath the bridge.

Also; going off at a slight tangent, there's a school of thought that suggests that including the EXIF etc. when uploading shots is a waste of time and that the shot can't be replicated using those settings. It's being bandied about in the forums at the moment. Whilst that may be true in many, perhaps most, cases, it doesn't apply here and it's not a view to which I subscribe.
This is a shot where the inclusion of the EXIF and shooting data is really helpful. If I was to try to capture something similar, in similar conditions, your settings would be my starting point.

Hope this helps.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Quote: Bet someone wants more space!

Sorry to disappoint Paul!

I'd go for less. Quite a bit less.
I realise that the branch was always intended to be a part of the image but I'd crop this to a portrait, losing most of the LHS. Including most of the branch.
Otherwise, I'd leave it alone.

14/12/2013 - 8:50 PM


DuoYou've captured quite a selection of textures here, although I'm struggling just a bit to understand what you're trying to achieve.
I'd be inclined to crop quite a bit from the RHS to remove the window/doorway (?). The rest is sufficiently abstract that I reckon it would still work.
I rather like it.
I can see this hanging on the wall in a waiting room somewhere.


Edit: I've added a mod. in which I've made that crop (at the cost of a part of your border) and using 'curves,' I've brightened it slightly.
17/09/2013 - 11:01 PM

High Cup Nick

High Cup Nick
Quote: I would have thought that sRGB was the profile to use to upload to EPZ

It would be.
Generally speaking, sRGB is the profile that you'd use to upload to anywhere on the web, although there are exceptions, as it's the profile that most browsers use by default.
Firefox, I know, is colour managed and can be set to display a range of profiles, defaulting to sRGB when it's shown one it's not sure of and (I think) that Chrome is the same although I don't know how to select a given profile.
IE wasn't colour managed at all until recently and in fact, I'm not sure that it is, even now.
If the two images above are saved in different colour profiles, they might look better on a calibrated monitor but they'll still look different to one another.
08/07/2013 - 11:28 PM

Mulls Resting Ladies 2

Mulls Resting Ladies 2That's more like it Andy!
This one has much more going for it.
I've uploaded a mod in which I applied a black and a white threshold but to be honest the difference is marginal. My intention had been to shed some light on the darkened are on the side of the hull, which I've managed to do but to lighten it ay farther, I'd have been blowing out the highlights in other parts of the shot.