Hi to all,
I am struggling with this photgraphing and editing the photos I have tried many different ways of taking photo and editing to put up but they all seem to look washed out and do not show the colours in the shadows .

Any one got any suggestions or wed pages they can help members with, this would be very much appreciated.

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Comment by marilyn woodcock on January 4, 2012 at 13:32

Thanks for the information about Lynda.com Cynthia. I love learning new stuff.

Comment by Sandra kelly on January 3, 2012 at 19:58

Thankyou for the tips and web site Cynthia I will have a closer look at this web site there is quite a lot of learning to be done .
I have only just started doing paintings from life, wow what an eye opener it is amazing the amount of colours you do see in the shadows.

Also thank you Marily any tips do help

Comment by Cynthia Loyd on January 3, 2012 at 14:58

You can learn everything there is to know about Photoshop online at Lynda.com, which is the standard for online learning. They have incredibly well-produced classes in just about every software you can imagine, by some of the top experts in their field, as well as some really good courses in photography. They're fantastic. I can't say enough good about them.

That being said, photographs increase the contrast and drain the color, which is why your pictures, no matter how good they are, never look as good as the scene you remember. The shadows are too dark, and the lights are too light. It takes a lot of painting outdoors before you can begin to fill in the missing elements with your imagination. I really know my way around cameras and Photoshop, but I hate painting from photos. My painting skills and visual memory are not up to the task of recreating the colors, values and lighting effects the camera leaves out.

Comment by marilyn woodcock on January 3, 2012 at 14:19

I had a fella come to my home and give me photoshop lessons. It was alot of fun. And, I have seen a really fine program called Topaz. I like to posterize my photos and do other effects; before I paint the setup sometimes; so i can really see the darks and lights.

Comment by Sandra kelly on December 27, 2011 at 20:36

Thanks for the tip and video Dirk. Also congratulation on winning a prize in His will for Bill I also won a prize.

Comment by Dirk Rampling on December 27, 2011 at 13:48

I think the key is to get a good photo so the editing is minimal. Maybe take the photo in the shade under a tree, also outdoors on a overcast day. A tripod is handy for a steady shot & zoom in a fraction produces a better shot. Check out the video in the videos section. Pretty much all you need to know.


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