Saturday, March 27, 2010

Camera-Critters #103


O.K., who wants to take me under their wing and be my online Photoshop trainer/mentor? You think I'm joking? I'm serious here. I want so badly to learn what I'm doing with Photoshop.

Take this photo for example. I love the mood, the reflection, the ripples in the water. However, it's too dark, right? So....

(c) Misty DawnS

I attempt to work on it to make it better. No, I didn't use Photoshop, because, honestly, I don't have a clue HOW to use Photoshop on photos. I only know how to use Photoshop to create web graphics... know nothing about working on photos.

Anyway, here's my attempt at fixing the above photo. Not too bad. I lightened it so (if you're viewing the larger version), you can actually see the eye of the goose now... hmm, that sounds like a song Eyeeeeee of the Gooooooose. Oh sorry, back to the technical stuff. Anyway, I think I took something away from the photo, and I'm not sure what I did wrong or how to do it better.
(c) Misty DawnS

Original Photo:
(c) Misty DawnS

My attempt to 'fix' (I use that term lightly).
The image is not too flat - too 2-dimensional.
I lost detail, and I feel I lost a lot of mood in the photo.
(c) Misty DawnS


Whadda YOU Think???
(c) Misty DawnS

20 comments:

Snap

Fun post, Misty. Love the last photo! I have elements for MAC and haven't used it yet. I do most of my editing with iPhoto, but would like to do more. LOVE my MAC!

Mumsy

Oh how fun is it? I was for sure taken for a ride..Love it, Misty!

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things

They have some great tutorial books you can buy. I have one that includes a CD that walks you through how to use it. I was thrilled because I was able to find it on eBay. Unfortunately, the things I lack is time and so I don't know how to use it! Ha ha!!! I like you shots, and thought how you ended with the last one facing us was fun. Cracked me up!

Willard

Excellent post, Misty. I bought the Photoshop Books for CS2 and CS3 by Scott Kelby and mostly learned from reading them or talking to others who are fluent with it. I would recommend getting whatever book Kelby has for the version of Photoshop that you are using.

Gardening in a Sandbox

They are quacky good photos. I have photoshop elements 7 and am just beginning to understand any of it. I could do no web graphics so you are way past me. Valerie

Dina

Gosh, don't ask me, I don't even have Photoshop.
I believe in leaving well enough alone, what you see is what you get, etc. Or...maybe i'm just lazy.

But good luck to you, Misty.

A Garden of Threads

Love the last shot. I use Photoshop Elements 7, has a great book called Classroom in a book you can buy. Photos still good, fixed ones a tad overexposed, practise makes perfect as my Mom always told me. Great photos:)

Kate

I'm with Dina! Although I would love to get Photoshop. Hurrah with your progress so you can teach the rest of us!

Dianne

I love the last one
they're all great

I gave up on Photo Shop
it's too complex and the help isn't any help

I go to picnik.com
it's free or you can buy a premium membership for fancier edits

and picassa is also good

Adrienne in Ohio

I just love to watch them glide across the lake! Sometimes when I have a darker photo, I just select the parts I want to brighten with the lasso tool. I have PS Elements which is fairly user friendly--I'm sure I don't even use half of what it could do, but I like it for the ability to make small adjustments when necessary.

I posted a goose today as well. Great minds think alike!

Hootin' Anni

That last photo of the goose is 'to die for' perfect!!

Congrats on the upcoming 2 year anniversary of C C!!

Here's MINE --White Winged Dove sittin' in a tree C O O I N G!!
[scroll down a bit in my Saturday post]

Pam

I think they turned out great, Misty. Even the last goose thinks so too!
Well done :)

Ashrunner

I love that last photo...hehehe.

Melanie

I love photo shop!! It takes a long time and a lot of practice but once you get to know it, it makes a world of difference!! great pictures!!

Coy

Misty, I must echo Willard, I have bought a few books on Photoshop and learned something from each, but the best I have worked with is Kelby's. He writes in a humorous easy to understand way.

As for your goose on the water shot; very difficult lighting it would be very hard to make that shot pop.

It's hard to believe Camera Critters is going to turn 2, thanks for keeping it going!

EG Wow

The Canada geese photos are great. I think photos of swimming birds are hard to do well.

lina@happy family

Awesome... most love the last one...

LadyFi

I like both shots! I don't use Photoshop so can't help either...

J M Farris Photography

Misty..it's hard to explain how to use it without being there but if you have a good Photoshop tutorial, learn how to use levels & curves. They're the only thing I use in Photoshop (actually I use Gimp...a free photoshop clone) & it can make a tremendous difference. Even photos I've thought were pretty good, I've tweaked just a tiny bit using levels or curves & the difference was amazing.

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Another great post! Just wanted to say that I always look forward to reading your blog.

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