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Dragon fly

By mollye
This was taken on my mobile phone however, when using my camera how would I manage to get this sharper and vibrant ?

Tags: Close-up and macro Insects dragonflys

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4122 Canada
13 Aug 2016 5:44PM
I have some good news, and some bad news for you about this.

The good news is that this is fantastic.

The bad news is that you would likely have to try over and over many times to get anything like this using a camera.

With some very basic processing, like a bit of sharpening and contrast, you have a shot that could make people with cameras cry.

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dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1640 England
13 Aug 2016 6:31PM
I can't really add to that.

Closeup work is very demanding, and you have to work hard (and pick your gear carefully) to do it really well - see THIS post for the gear one member uses (and that will be pretty typical of the kit serious insect togs use). The results it gives are spectacular , but involved, I woudl guess, at least a couple of hours' processing.

And you've nailed it in one. Well done - and it shows what a litlte bit of fine-tuning in software can achieve.

By the way - you have stripped all the EXIF data from this post (and, I think, from your others). EXIF data is useful to the Critique Team for analysing issues, and gives other, less experienced photographers help in terms of showing them what sort of settings contribute to a shot they like.

If you want to upload EXIF data, you need to check three things - enable the site to read your EXIF data and put it on with the picture, avoid 'save for web' when editing pictures, and upload direct from your computer, not with a 'phone or via another website.
mollye 13 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2016 9:04PM
Thank you for the comments it helps a lot
mollye 13 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2016 9:10PM
Banehawi, Thank you the mod upload is fantastic what do use to mod photoshop ?
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2129 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2016 10:42PM
I couldn't say it better than Willie. Well done.

I have done a modification (not as good as Willie's) using PaintshopPro, where I adjusted colour, contrast and sharpness, then added canvas on the right side, producing a square format.
Space in front of any living thing looks better, suggesting that they have room to move or ly into.

mollye 13 3 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2016 7:34AM
Thank you very much these comments are brilliant and very helpful
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2016 8:05AM
Well, not quite as gushing as above. It is a good effort and rather better than a lot we see with expensive gear, but it is a touch under exposed due to the white background effecting the metering and, due to that is a bit flat. Ideally it needs to be sharper too.

Both the mods clearly illustrate these points by correcting them! Not sure on colouring. It looks a bit like an Emperor Dragonfly, and male and female are very different colours.

How to improve it with a camera. How long have you got! A long and detailed story on close up/macro photography and your phone has got quite close to correct!

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1640 England
14 Aug 2016 8:27AM
Any editing software will work - including the free and legal Gimp2.

Photoshop is the best, but it's also the most costly - and it's not what all of us on the Critique Team use. Pamela uses Paintshop Pro, and I use Adobe Elements - trimmed down from Photoshop, but far, far cheaper.

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