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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    Jeff, I think the image needs an overall pop. May be you can punch up the contrast a tad and deepen blacks a bit might do the wonders.Was it you or Ken who has Portrait Pro? You can try LR presets or even Photo Effects 9 is available for FREE (or at least it was) […]
    sury
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    sury wrote:One thing I noticed is that her eyes are becoming "smaller" withher smile and if you can get the smile while eyes are wider openit will enhance the images, IMHO. I have a same situation with mywife too, hence the observation.SuryHer Dad does the same. I tried to get her to keep her eyes […]
    the_hefay
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    Looks like the first one has more contrast (due to vignetting?).Though it is a nice capture with a very relaxed subject, there is nothing in the images that draws me to them.May be you are feeling the same too. On the other hand, if I am a family member,it has everything for me to like […]
    sury
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    Thanks for the insights. They are much appreciated. Here's a black an white with and w/out vignette. I did lighten the eyes some. The mother really likes this one with the vignette. So I guess that counts for something. I however, am not that impressed with it, but can't put my finger on why.Statistics: Posted […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Birds 2015 May 25, 2015
    Thank you Pitter and Ossie. Pitter, since I had a 70-400 that gull was upset with myvoyeuristic behavior. Ossie, I knew it was not a bird I came across before, but now I know it is called Coot,thanks to you. SuryStatistics: Posted by sury — Mon May 25, 2015 5:41 pm
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Free preview download – Perfect Layers

onOne Software have announced that a Public Preview of Perfect Layers is now available to download and try out, free of charge. Perfect Layers is a standalone application that works on its own allowing you to create and edit layered Photoshop files. If you use Lightroom or Aperture and you’ve ever wanted to or wished you […] . . . → Read More: Free preview download – Perfect Layers

Which Sony Alpha kit lens?

This article was originally published in Photoworld magazine April 2008. It discusses the reasons for choosing between the 18-70mm, 16-105mm, 16-80mm, 18-200mm and 18-250mm kit lens choices for the Sony Alpha DSLR system and has been updated as necessary from the original text. . . . → Read More: Which Sony Alpha kit lens?

Apple Aperture 2.0 processes A700 raw

Apple’s Aperture 2.0 is a tedious program to test, with all its creation of ‘projects’ and ‘libraries’, ‘albums’, ‘vaults’ and nonstandard GUI, and it isn’t fast in processing files or passing them to Photoshop (which it does in 16-bit form, just another step to reverse before saving as far as I’m concerned). However, it’s handling […] . . . → Read More: Apple Aperture 2.0 processes A700 raw

ACR 4.3.1 hasn’t solved A700 high ISO mush problems

After reading Andrea Nivini’s article in Italian Tutti Fotografi, December 2007, which launches an attack on Adobe’s Camera Raw plug-in and its handling of many camera types – but specifically, the Sony Alpha 700 – I decided to check out whether the December 5th release, ACR 4.3.1, fixed the problems. . . . → Read More: ACR 4.3.1 hasn’t solved A700 high ISO mush problems

The Lensbaby 3G creative zonal focus tilt-swing lens

THE LENSBABY was a novelty item when first introduced as a low-cost meniscus lens mounted on a flexible concertina tube with an SLR mount-fitting at the other end. Like the Diana or Holga cameras sometimes used by professionals to capture a feel of post-modern grunge, it used aberrations creatively. . . . → Read More: The Lensbaby 3G creative zonal focus tilt-swing lens