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Old Sep 3, 2006, 2:54 PM   #1
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Hi Guys nd Girls, this is my first posting so be gentle with me LOL .

I have been encouraged to post some pics by a long time member and a darn good photographer "reanimator". This perticular shot is from a series taken at a rugby league grand final, it was taken on a Nikon D2h(not mine:sad with a 80-200mm(not mine either :sad however i have since aquired a Nikon d100 and i am slowley getting used to this digital format!!

Look forward to your comments (i think) !! Graham


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Old Sep 3, 2006, 6:37 PM   #2
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Hi Bluesman,

Nice action shot coupled with great timing!

I hope you don't mind but I tweaked your original photo to illustrate a few points:

1. As a fellow sports shooter, I find myself having to crop a little tighter in order to enlarge the subject. It just so happens that the player kicking the ball is off-center (what you want visually if you divide the shot into thirds)

2. Color correction - I used the Automatic correction setting of Adobe Photoshop Elements (List Price - $90) & boosted Saturation +6.

3. Noise - Ran Noiseware on the "Default" setting to clean up the photo a bit
The "Community Edition" is FREEhttp://www.imagenomic.com/download.asp

4. Looking at it again, the horizon seems to be off - that's pretty easy to correct as well. Were you shooting hand-held?


**I end up taking hundreds of shots per game & my keeper rate is still only 25% on a good day, most days it's much lower.

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Hi Nick thanks for the reply and the free softwear link :-), you are correct in that it was a hand held pic, i see what you mean by the "grass horizon" i thought i had got the players almost vertical? , the pitch did slope but not this much!!

i did try the crop you used, however , it didn't look as good as yours( will have to learn about "noise":?etc),but thought it looked too much like a "penalty goal" as opposed to a spur of the moment kick for goal!!

I do have a up to date version of adobe but navigating it is soooo hard:sad:, have got some tutorials so hope to improve eventually:-)

look forward to your learnerd offerings. "if ya don't ask, yer wont learn". Thanks Graham
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Hi Graham,

Happy to help - I'm still learning too (I think we all are). :G

Which version of Adobe are you using? I had been using Photoshop 7/CS but found that Photoshop Elements 4.0 was MUCH easier and all the enhancements/photo fixes are right there. The other way, one really had to know Photoshop inside & out to get anything done. I wish I knew about Elements a long time ago.

I have found 1 writer that was awesome at explaining the confusing navigation & subsequent correction of photos - Scott Kelby - the master/guru of Photoshop.

Here's his link for the books he's written: http://shop.scottkelbybooks.com/index.php

Keep the photos coming!!

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Hi everyone, gonna post one more rugby league pic from series, any advice on improvements in the digital field( ie, noise etc ) would be greatfully recieved.

Hi nick, i am running adobe 7.0at the moment too, and yes yer right it's a nightmare:O, just hope the tutorials help!, thanks for book link will take a looksee.
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Graham,

OK - I'm using Photoshop 7 & made the following adjustments:

Click Image --> Adjustments

- Auto Levels (This will brighten up your photo)
- Auto Contrast
- Auto Color

I also ran it through the Noiseware Community Edition - FREE filter.

See below. It's not perfect, but it's a start.

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Thanks Nick, just ran the same alterations over my own pics and can see the differance,:-). Hope to post again soon. Graham


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