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02/12/2008 - 11:06 PM

The Bridestones

The BridestonesSometimes you can rescue detail from a washed out sky particularily if you shoot RAW (much greater dynamic range). However with the uploaded jpeg the sky is almost completely blown out so you'll have to cheat and either colour the sky with an appropriate (grad?) cyan/blue or blend in a sky from another image - see my mod. Of course in hindsight on the day you could have used a grad filter or HDR.
05/10/2008 - 12:54 PM

Mare and Foal

Mare and FoalI agree the light is rather harsh and flat and it would have been better at another time of day, however you can't always be there at the perfect time and would have missed this particular capture. Perhaps you could have moved around them, taken several shots and found a better angle for the available lighting conditions and composed things so the bucket isn't right at the centre of the foreground. All very well in theory but you probably had very little time to take this whilst they were in such a perfect pose. The over exposure and flat colours can be fixed in Photoshop etc. provided your camera has recorded enough detail to work with (i.e. no blown highlites or lack of detail in shadows).
05/07/2008 - 11:20 PM

Local Church

Local ChurchThe haloes are probably from using too large a sharpening radius. To calculate the correct sharpening radius for a given resolution divide the resolution by 200. Therefore for 72dpi (screen resolution as used for web graphics) 72/200 = 0.36. For printing larger radii are used i.e. at 360dpi best radius is 1.8. To have greater control, sharpen a duplicate layer set to luminosity blend mode and back off the opacity (and hence the amount of sharpening) too taste. The luminosity mode ensures that colours will not be effected. If you want to become a complete sharpening nerd like me, make two sharpened layers one set to darken blend mode and the other set to lighten blend mode - by altering the opacity of these layers you can control the intensity of light and dark sharpening haloes. In the case of this image you could then back off the light haloes which are very obvious.
22/06/2008 - 10:24 AM

colour balance

colour balanceA quick way of checking for colour (cast assuming you have Photoshop or similar) is to duplicate your background layer apply an average blur to it (FILTER/BLUR/AVERAGE). The colour of this new layer is the colour of any cast you may have. You can either correct the cast using curves or by using the layer you have just made by inverting it's colour (CTRL+I) changing it's blending mode to colour and reducing the opacity to between 10 and 20%. This image has a slight magennta/red cast which means you need to counteract with cyan/green.
07/06/2008 - 11:03 PM


Ceiling" have you tried using a tripod?"
Alternatively turn the ISO setting on your camera up to 400-800 to achieve a faster shutter speed - don't use the very highest ISO settings you may lose some quality through noise. If you can get the shutter speed up to 1/60 or greater you should be able to hold the camera steady for long enough to avoid camera shake. It also helps to stand very still, hold your breath and brace yourself against something solid if possible.
27/05/2008 - 12:03 AM

Two Wrecks

Two WrecksAlthough a some of your highlites in the sky are close to blown you can still increase contrast without affecting highlites by pushing more of the dark tones towards black using levels - move the black slider to the right (the equivelant can also be done with curves). Overall brightness can then be balanced using the midtone slider.
18/05/2008 - 11:57 PM


UrbanHas a bit of a yellow colour cast - correct using a curves adjustment layer set to colour blend mode and click on an area that should be white (i.e one of the chimneys) with the highlites eye dropper. To fully colour correct click a mid tone grey with the midtone dropper and an area that should be black with the blacks eye dropper - but for this image just correcting the highlites should do the trick.