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by Duck
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Image Processing
Topic: Opening the Floor Regarding the Learning and Use of Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw Et Cetera
Replies: 2
Views: 8

Re: Opening the Floor Regarding the Learning and Use of Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw Et Cetera

You and I have the same teachers. Go figure. :D Unmesh Finds of PixImperfect is a fantastic teacher. He doesn't just show how , he explains why as well. Here is an awesome tutorial on using curves in Lightroom; https://youtu.be/YhQjt4_8yyk When I teach editing in Lightroom I compare using tone slide...
by Duck
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Learning Photography: Discuss
Replies: 22
Views: 202

Re: Learning Photography: Discuss

Ed Shapiro wrote:[...] My advice was to mix up a batch and allow it to oxidize, which intensifies the odor and keep a tray of this sludge under his computer desk as he effortlessly edits his images- inhale- exhale- Ahhhh! :D


Beautiful!
by Duck
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Animals Showcase
Topic: Out to pasture
Replies: 4
Views: 26

Re: Out to pasture

I like the branches in the foreground also but I tend to wonder if they might be a bit too low. I see a little bit of the hilltop at left and would like to see that line follow through a little clearer across the frame. As it is, the tangent between branch and hilltop are too close together. Raised ...
by Duck
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: To Rule Or Not To Rule - That Is The Discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 110

Re: To Rule Or Not To Rule - That Is The Discussion

I took a seminar from a photographer, an early tester of LR, who COMMANDED us to stay away from the tone curve [...] Wow, tone curves is such a powerful tool that can do so much more than the basic sliders alone can. I teach Lightroom and your comment just irritates me. That's not teaching Lightroo...
by Duck
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Has to be in the TOP 10 of photography vids
Replies: 11
Views: 466

Re: Has to be in the TOP 10 of photography vids

No problem. I went through a very harsh and brutally honest redesign of my website last year and I came out with a very professional looking site. On a side note; As for receiving criticism, I fully understand about being attached to your creation but without growth you are only hurting yourself. Do...
by Duck
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: The Chilterns (+ snow)
Replies: 5
Views: 39

Re: The Chilterns (+ snow)

With permission, this topic has been brought into the Critique section. Feel free to offer constructive comments.
by Duck
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: Weather over water
Replies: 7
Views: 52

Re: Weather over water

I remember growing up as a kid not seeing any of these oil platforms, but in my lifetime they have been there longer than they have not, so for me it wouldn't look right without them Linda, but I do understand your sentiments and also minniev's…. I guess now they are part of the scape if you will.....
by Duck
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: Everyone around here knows this!
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Re: Everyone around here knows this!

Was this a print competition or a digital submission? For a print I would suggest raising the overall luminance values about a stop and a half (less for screen). That would give you deep shadows with details but still retaining the 'silhouette' effect. It would also increase the overall atmospheric ...
by Duck
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Learning Photography: Discuss
Replies: 22
Views: 202

Re: Learning Photography: Discuss

I love the freedom digital gives us as artists but a very small part of me still misses the "smelly and wet" darkroom stuff. Ted Forbes (the art of photography) just did a couple videos about a processing house in Colorado that does hand processed printing, including silver platinum prints...
by Duck
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: The Bird-Watcher
Replies: 4
Views: 33

Re: The Bird-Watcher

One suggestion I have, now that I understand what the image will be used for, is totally a grandparent thing. Add a positive, personal little message or caption from you for him to read. It adds a personal touch that is expressly his and it let's him practice his reading. ;)

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