Thursday, April 24, 2008

Random Photos, Before and After Photoshop...

Zach's photo of a statue in Firenze







Storm moving off, Catalina Mountains, Tucson






Abe





edited to add...the before photos are not straight out of the camera. I generally mess with photos when I download them -- adjusting contrast and saturation and cropping and shadows and whatever...

3 comments:

  1. Are you starting with jpegs? What kind of camera do you use? Nice work, though. I LOVE Photoshop. I have CS2. I shot a Canon 30D - mostly I shoot to a RAW and then postprocess, but all of my England shots are jpeg. They really don't need much postprocessing.

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  2. Wow, more reasons again. I so need to learn this. I guess I've been fairly oblivious to it all - I mean, I see gorgeous effects, but I just thought people had the most awesome cameras in the world and mad photography skills to the point of impossible. I really love, love, love the picture of Abe. What a sweetie pie. That storm shot and the "postprocessing" (just learned a new word) are beyond belief amazing. Wow. I splurged on the laptop, but I'll need to get a copy of Photoshop because suddenly I have to do this. You make it look so awesome and fun.

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  3. Lou -- I have been using JPEG, as I had a point and shoot digital that didn't give me the RAW option. I just got an Olympus E410 digital SLR and I haven't really had the time or energy or concentration to start reading about RAW. However, I will have 12 days of driving to Anchorage. I think I will have the time then to read the camera guide. I find with the Olympus I do tend to do some contrast and level adjusting -- the photos have that gray cast to them. Picasa2 is great for that stuff.

    Maggie -- postprocessing is your friend! You can download Picasa2 from Google for free, and it's very user-friendly and great for basics. Even just cropping can change a photo from a snapshot to a great shot. You can also download a free 30 day trial of Photoshop CS3 (which costs $650 -- ow!).

    Oh, yeah, and Thanks you guys!

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