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01/10/2010 - 10:07 AM

Wollaton Hall

Wollaton HallI don't know if this is of any use (or you are doing all of this already), but it's from Corel's reviewers Guide. I don't use PSP so can't offer any practical advice I'm affraid.

"The Chromatic Aberration Removal Filter eliminates the colored glow that often appears in the high-contrast areas of digital photos.
To use this filter choose Adjust > Photo Fix > Chromatic Aberration.
Note: It's critical in using this dialog that the preview windows are shown. Make sure the Show/Hide Previews button is active. Use the Zoom in, Zoom out, or navigate buttons to zero in on the problem area. In the left preview window define the range by dragging the cursor to enclose problem area(s). Mark the Show
Differences check box to show which image areas will be affected. The affected areas will appear in the right preview window as white areas on black. The brighter (whiter) the area, the higher the degree of correction that will be applied. Note: If Show Differences is marked, click the Auto Proof or the Proof button to
preview the results on the image itself. Set the Radius (located to the left of the List of Samples area). The default value is 10. Usually values in the range of 4 to 20 produce the most acceptable results.
Mark the Result on New Layer box if you would like to automatically create a new raster layer and protect your original. Click OK to apply the corrections."
29/09/2010 - 12:11 PM

Wollaton Hall

Wollaton HallIt is a rather dull and flat image. Once you've put the 3 images together and tone mapped it, go into levels or curves (depending on your preference) and adjust the settings to improve the contrast.

Also, you need to sort out the verticals as they are leaning inwards at the edges of the image (most notably the outside edges of the towers). There is a touch of chromatic aberation as well on the edges of the building. This is thin cyan lines down the left sides and red down the right and is more noticable on the left tower and tree. This is caused by the lens when a dark area in the image meets a light area. Some lenses cope better than others with avoiding it.

The verticals and CA can be sorted using the lens correction filter in Photoshop (if you have a version of PS with that filter) Filters>Distort>Lens Correction. If you don't have lens correction then there are tutorials on Epz that address all these issues.
20/08/2010 - 1:13 PM

You want WHAT????

You want WHAT????Hi Fran,

This is a good close-up with the face being sharp and there is lots of detail present. The background is well blurred and a good complimentary colour. I feel though that there could be more detail in the eyes. A spot of fill flash, or a bit of time in PS would bring them out more, especially the one on the left.
17/08/2010 - 12:34 PM

Masts on the Hudson

Masts on the HudsonI think the 2 main elements of this image are the Empire State and the catarmaran. Unfortunately the catarmaran has been chopped off on 3 sides. Move a fraction to the right and shoot it portrait format to include all of the boat. You will then have the catarmaran's mast mirroring the Empire State. Keep it mono if there are too many distracting colours fighting for attention.
17/08/2010 - 12:27 PM

glass blowing

glass blowingAs previously said, the image is way too dark, but that Dave may have taken it a bit too far. As you said, a happy medium is required. I feel though that it is only the glass worker, his chair and bench of tools behind him need lightening. The people stood in the background can remain dark so that they don't act as a distraction and help maintain the feel of gloomy surroundings.
09/03/2010 - 1:06 PM

Street life

Street lifeHe's got a tiny person growing out the top of his head. A slightly lower viewpoint and / or some cloning would remove the tiny person. It could be used to get rid of the other people as well as I find myself trying to see what they are doing and it distracts me slightly.

The slight movement you caught of his hands gives the impression he is actually working and just glanced up and it's not just posed. You've also got a good exposure with detail in the highlights and shadows under what looks like quite harsh lighting. Good inclusion of his surroundings to give some context.
19/02/2010 - 12:39 PM


M.D.B.In my opinion some of the lines around the edges of the men look too clean/too sharp and they give them a slightly obvious 'cut-out' look. Also, the shadows on the buildings are soft and the lighting is slightly duller, whereas the shadows on the figures have harder edges which I would assume is due to the different lighting conditions (light bulb and /or flash for the figures and sun behind clouds for the shops). This different lighting also gives the impression that the men were added later.

I also agree that the seated figure needs to be more central to the image and needs moving more to the right of the frame.
25/11/2009 - 1:55 PM


untitledI'd be tempted to crop off the left side of sky to just before where the central cloum of cloud exits the frame. This would balance up the image a bit and there isn't anything happening over there anyway. I've done a mod to see what you think.
13/11/2009 - 12:46 PM

Bransdale at Sunset

Bransdale at SunsetI think you've done a good job to retain the detail in the light coming through the cloud. Maybe all that is needed is to dodge the foreground in a bit more and maybe a touch of saturation. There also seems to be a bright line running along the top of the distant hills on the left which I noticed when switching between the two versions you uploaded. I assume this is a result of your processing to lighten the land.
13/11/2009 - 12:26 PM

Reflections in Bruges

Reflections in BrugesIt's a pity the sky has largely burnt out (and the tower is heading the same way). You could try to make more of the reflections instead as I guess you haven't got a ND grad to stick on the front of your camera.

I would be tempted to recompose to exclude the white building on the right as I find it's pulls my attention a bit.

Also, try to reposition yourself if possible, or crop, to get rid of the intrusion of the ground in the bottom corners.
03/03/2009 - 12:19 PM

Mist Chill

Mist ChillI do like this picture.

The only thing that I'd say detracts from the image is the thin white cloud running across the patch of clear sky. It's acting like the edge of the image but then there's still more above it and it's always pulling my attention. I'd have a go at cloning it out
27/06/2008 - 1:12 PM

Old barn

Old barnIt's difficult to tell if they are or not, but at this size it looks like there are at least 3 dust spots on the image (2 small ones to the right of the tower and one large one in the sky above the white building(?)). If this is the case you need to get in and clean your camera or use the clone tool, healing brush or patch tool to get rid of them.

The image itself looks dull and murky with all the elements in the image having the same overall colour. I'm guessing that this is because you've been playing with the colours as you mentioned. There should be some free tutorials around on how to age a photograph (probably one on epz knocking around somewhere).

There's too much empty, murky sky and empty ground. Getting closer would have made more of the focal point and cut out some of the empty space. Playing with curves and/or levels would up the contrast alittle to geve it a bit more impact.
20/06/2008 - 1:17 PM

The Band

The BandA different angle is deffinitely what's required here to either isolate the guitarist and to stop other people's body parts appear to be growing out of him, or to include more of the other performers. Obviously the extent to which you change your position depends on what result you're after.

I like the tones and contrast that you've used. Maybe just dodge the end of the guitar and arm/body in dark shadow a touch to reintroduce a bit of detail.
02/05/2008 - 1:23 PM

Pete And Julie

Pete And JulieJudging from the railings there is a slight lean to the left which could do with being rectified using rotate canvas, or lens correction in PS.