Tag: photographs

Working out what to do when you are travelling is one thing, but then sometimes the plans fall apart or you realise you have forgotten to plan anything for a particular day. That is pretty much what we worked out a couple of days ago. We spent some time looking around for things to do in Coles Bay and saw there was a boat cruise to Wineglass Bay, apparently a must stop if you are in the area. 
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Yesterday I took a trip into the city to look at an exhibition my friend Christine Wilson is in at the moment.  It is the annual SITHOM, or Shot in the Heat of Melbourne, show.

I was in the show a couple of years ago, but I don’t really think of myself as a street photographer, so it didn’t seem right. It was interesting to see, this year, that a lot of photos were devoid of people and they weren’t necessarily the main focus. I might have to reconsider being a part of it for next year.  It was a great mix of street images around Melbourne, some concentrating on the human factor, while others showed Melbourne as it is. There is something there for everyone.
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Sometimes I have to be realistic and let’s face it, Christmas is less than a week away. I’ve decided to slow down with the blog and take a small kinda break. I will still do Monochrome Madness on Thursday, but that might be it until the new year. I hope you guys don’t mind. Things are a bit crazy here and I’m being pulled into lots of directions.
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This post is a day late, I’ve been away at my mums. I went up there to take photos of a project that had just finished. It was also a great opportunity to try out the Nikon D500 a lot. I think it is a great camera, can’t believe it is almost time to give it back.

Christmas Presents

It is only two weeks to Christmas and if you are still looking for gifts I hope you will take a look at what I have that you could give someone as a gift voucher, or buy a copy of the book.

Articles

I told you last week that I had been published in the magazine Better Photography, but then earlier in the week another article I had written for a different magazine, Australian Photography, published it on their website. The first one you have to buy the magazine, but the second, 7 Tips for Better Cityscapes is online and you can read it on their website, click here to see it.

Gear List

I keep forgetting to mention that at the top under the About page I have added a page that lets you know what gear I have and use. I’ve had people asking me from time to time what I use, so thought it might be good to add the list.

Photos

Summer is here now and I thought it might be nice to take a look at some photos from Flinders. The photos were taken last year. I love it down there, I should think about another trip, but not soon. The busiest time to visit any beach is the two weeks after Christmas, so I’m staying clear. I made the mistake last year going down to Sorrento and spent more time in traffic than I did taking photos. It will be nice to get back down there after the summer break in February.

For those of you who have been editing your photos for some time now should be aware of these terms. However, they are often unknown or confusing to people who are new. So what is destructive and non destructive editing? Let’s see if I can explain it in this mini tutorial.

Simple explanation

Destructive – as you work on your photos you do things in a way that makes it impossible to go back and change anything. If you make a mistake, then you have to start again.

Non Destructive – everything you do on your images can be undone. Nothing is permanent, so if you do make a mistake you can go back and change it.

Working Destructively

It is very easy in Photoshop to work in a destructive way. If you avoid using layers, or continue to flatten your images you start to make it so you can’t undo a previous mistake or process. There are those that think this is fine, and I see people others this way, but it should be avoided.

The image has been processing in a destructive way, you can't see what has been done to it, and therefore can't undo anything.
The image has been processing in a destructive way, you can’t see what has been done to it, and therefore can’t undo anything.

All the processing is done in the one layer. While you can go back into your history to undo things, there is only so far you can go back. If you save the image with the idea of working on it again later, you will have lost all the history. While you continue the work and if you find you missed something in the earlier session it may be impossible to change it. The only option could be starting over again.

Working Non Destructively

There is a way to work so that you can protect or change anything you have done, which is to do your images in a non destructive way. In Photoshop this means working in layers and every adjustment you do is done in a different layer.

All the processes and adjustments to this image are done in separate layers.
All the processes and adjustments to this image are done in separate layers.

While not much editing has been done to the image you can see what was done by looking at the layers. You can turn them on and off to see if they work. If you realise you have forgotten to do something you can go back to it the later and fix the problem.

Lightroom

This program by Adobe is by nature a non destructive editing platform. Everything that is done in it can be undone. It is a great program in this respect.

There you have it, a quick description for what these terms mean. If you have other terms you would like explained, let me know and I will do my best to give you an explanation.

Why are my images always so crooked? It is a question I get asked a lot from new photographers. They often wonder if there is something wrong with them, but in reality, it actually happens to a lot of us. I still take images that aren’t straight. Here is a quick look at some of the ways you can use Lightroom for straightening your images, another mini tutorial.

The assumption with this tutorial is that you know how to you use Lightroom. At least import and export images.

Select the image you want to straighten and make sure you are in the Develop Module.

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You can see in the image above that it needs straightening.

The easiest way to use it is almost a one click method. Go to the Transform Mode.

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At the top of this mode you can see about six rectangles that all have something written on them. The default one is off. For this you need to click on Full.

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Once you do, you will see your image get straightened, however there are still white bits from the moving of the image. To get rid of these click Constrain Crop.

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You will lose some of the image, but there is nothing you can do about it for this method.

The image is now straight and ready to use.

However, if this didn’t work, then you can try using the straightening tool in the Crop Overlay mode. To get to this click the Rectangle at the top of all the modules.

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You can see the level in the above image. Click on it and go to you image and a find a straight edge you can use the level on. It is has to be one that you want straight in the final image.

Once the level is selected, click on the line you want to use then drag it down the line, you should see the line as it is drawn. Once you unclick Lightroom will automatically constrain to the crop for you and it should be straight.

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Sometimes this method can be much harder than you think it will be. One way to get it so it looks straight, but may not necessarily be is to rotate the image.

Go to Transform and look for the slider that has Rotate. Move it to the left or the right depending on your image.

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You can use the grid that Transform puts over the image to help you straighten it.

Once it is where you think it should be, click the Constrain Crop box.

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The image should be where you want it.

It is very easy process to straighten images, which should tell you how often people need to use it. If it was a rare occurrence then it wouldn’t be an easy process.

Hopefully you won’t feel bad about taking crooked images now. You should feel the same as we all do, annoying, but easy to fix.

 

This week has seen some changes with how things are done here on the blog. I do hope you have liked what I’ve started doing. I do feel I neglected it for too long, so nice to be getting back into it.

Once again here are the photos that I have had up on Instagram this week. A bit of a variety, then again, I think there usually is. I usually put photography tips with each image and if you want to read those, then you might have to take a look at my Instagram account, or my Facebook page.

Here is a gallery with those images.