beth

  • beth replied to the topic Travel advice… in the forum General Photo Chit Chat 2wk, 3d ago

    a hard drive that runs on battery and has a card reader in it.  just put the card in the slot on the machine and press a button or two to back it up.  i had one years ago for a trip to ireland and it worked pretty well.  lacie and western digital make them and gnarbox has one too, though that one is pricey for the limited space that you ge…[Read more]

  • beth replied to the topic Castle Hill in the forum The Shark Tank Feedback Forum 2wk, 6d ago

    lightroom is great for global edits.  what i mean by that is you can quickly edit the whole photo.  so i would focus on lightroom for now.  it’s very easy to use and will get a beginner to a finished image every time.

    when you start realizing that lightroom isn’t enough you can focus adding photoshop and learning the skills you need as you go…[Read more]

  • if you’re using photoshop make a curves adj. layer, grab the point in the middle and pull it straight up.  there’s a line behind it to help you find the center.  drop it where ever it looks good.

    this is going to increase any issues the image already has like noise and banding.  to avoid this shoot a brighter image and worry about darkening yo…[Read more]

  • what camera and lens were you using?  what was focal length?

  • beth replied to the topic Aralia in The Shadows in the forum Landscape Photography 2wk, 6d ago

    i leave that to the professional printers.  we have so much humidity here that i’m afraid the fine art papers that i like will curl or mold before i can use them.

  • beth replied to the topic SUnset Silhouette in the forum The Shark Tank Feedback Forum 3wk ago

    it’s a noise removal software by the topaz.  it takes all of the noise/speckles and banding out of an image and gives it a smooth finish.  it takes out a lot of noise, but it also kills off details, like the faint clouds you had in the sky.

    Home Topazlabs

    i mainly use topaz sharpen ai, but i also have their product denoise and use it f…[Read more]

  • beth replied to the topic SUnset Silhouette in the forum The Shark Tank Feedback Forum 3wk ago

    i know it’s bad manners to add my own photo to your thread, but i’m doing it anyway to show you the difference between clouds and no clouds.

    it’s got a lot of similarities to your image and it’s something you could shoot with the right conditions.  like your image it has a silhouetted foreground that’s low in the frame.  the sun was hidden by s…[Read more]

  • beth replied to the topic SUnset Silhouette in the forum The Shark Tank Feedback Forum 3wk ago

    i’m not a big fan of the crop.  there’s a ton of blank space at the bottom that you could just do away with.  the water tower is ok as a silhouette, but it doesn’t take up a whole lot of room and doesn’t add a lot of interest.  the sky is just too bland to really pull you in.

    i tried to edit it, but it still isn’t doing much for me.  i str…[Read more]

  • beth replied to the topic Aralia in The Shadows in the forum Landscape Photography 3wk ago

    gorgeous light and tones.  definitely needs to be printed.

  • beth replied to the topic Curiosity in the forum Landscape Photography 3wk ago

    great color palette.  love how all of the cows are lined up looking at you.

  • a lot of zoom lenses have varying maximum apertures depending on what focal length you’re using.  a 100-400mm f/4-f/5.6 will have a maximum aperture of f/4 at 100mm, but as you move closer to 400mm eventually you’ll lose the ability to use f/4 and your new maximum aperture is f/5.6.  if there’s apertures in between the given range it’ll slowly h…[Read more]

  • beth replied to the topic Piano Art in the forum The Shark Tank Feedback Forum 3wk ago

    topaz denoise is pretty good, but i don’t know if it’ll save this one.  the right side looks pretty good but it looks like the details are just gone on the left.

  • beth replied to the topic Castle Hill in the forum The Shark Tank Feedback Forum 3wk ago

    in the first the colors look a little over-saturated.  also remember to check your edges for cut off objects, like the boat on the far right.  and you really need to clean your sensor.

    the first one also looks soft, possibly due to the small aperture.  picking an aperture is a little tricky and counter intuitive.  a wide aperture (f/2.8, f/3…[Read more]

  • i like the tones, color and processing on the second one better.  i’d be tempted to give it a matte edit to tone down the contrast in the center of that one.  it reminds me of how an image looks when you turn the clarity slider up too high, but i know it’s just the variation of the light and dark tones in such a small space.

    the color looks a l…[Read more]

  • yes and no.  the left side is fantastic, you’ve got fencing and a bench and even a stand of bamboo pointing the viewer down the path.  on the right side it all kinda falls apart.  there’s a semi circle going nowhere, a couple of rocks that draw the eye away (one’s half cut off by the edge) and some really dark shadows and dead leaves.

    try a sq…[Read more]

  • try shooting again under different conditions.  if you’ve seen one blue sky with the sun you’ve seen them all so either your foreground has to have enough interest to carry the image or you have to shoot a spectacular sunset.  and by spectacular i mean a partially cloudy sky lit up with reds, pinks and orange hues.

    what’s your exif data?  it lo…[Read more]

  • makes sense.  thanks!

  • @admin @jasenkag – new bug.  this thread keeps popping up with new posts, but i can’t find them.

    supposedly this thread “was last updated 7h, 33min ago by  Kennethasync.” but i can’t find what he’s posted.  and this isn’t the first time this has happened.

  • i like what you ended up with.  it’s simple, yet interesting.  and i appreciate the time it took you to get this right in camera.

    it’s clean looking and has great color (if anything there might be an ever so slight blue/cyan color cast to the image, but that’s being really picky).  the tones are great (again, being very picky maybe increase th…[Read more]

  • beth replied to the topic Doubling Up Filters? in the forum General Photo Chit Chat 3wk, 3d ago

    a 2 stop and 4 stop nd filter stacked would give you the equivalent of a 6 stop nd filter (additive 2 stops + 4 stops = 6 stop nd filter).

    yes, you can stack an nd filter with a cp filter.  just add however many stops darker the cp filter is to the nd filter.  this combo can make some really cool long exposure effects with moving w…[Read more]

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