Month: June 2013

Photoshop Tips

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One of the great things about digital photography is that it gives the average photographer the ability to see an image through from its initial conception to its final display with a minimum of fuss and with a great degree of control. It is easy to take this for granted, but older photographers will still remember the long hours spent bent over trays of smelly chemicals in a tiny darkroom, or the long days or even weeks spent waiting for a roll of film to be processed by someone else before you could view the final image. And even then, if there was something awry with the colour temperature, contrast, or any other aspect of the image, the capacity to fix it was very limited. The development of photo-editing software like Photoshop has played a huge part in granting photographers great freedom to take full control of their images. Of… | Read the full article


Exposure Bracketing

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When I began taking photographs, there was no instant feedback from an LCD screen or histogram to tell me if I’d chosen wisely with my exposure settings. It was a matter of  relying on the camera’s light meter (or an external light meter) and then crossing my fingers until the film was processed and I could view the printed result. Most of the time things turned out okay, but if I’d misjudged the situation, as is easy to do in tricky lighting conditions, there was no going back – a badly overexposed or underexposed image went straight into the bin. One of the safeguards against this was to bracket exposures. This simply meant taking several shots of a scene using different exposure settings in the hope that at least one of them would give a good result. This could be done manually or, with later film cameras, the camera could… | Read the full article