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Old Apr 23, 2010, 6:38 PM   #1
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As we have a good crop of colorful red hot poker plants, I opted to use the E-300 which like the E-500 is equipped with a Kodak brand imager to get the best red color for this photo.

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Old Apr 23, 2010, 8:03 PM   #2
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Sarah, I'm not sure quite what to say, but I will base this critique on the quote you made in this thread http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...-pictures.html

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I have gotten so I just use Photoshop Elements 8.0 for everything. You can find it discounted for less the $(US)50.00 easily. I also teach it so that keeps up my competence with the program.

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For someone who teaches photography and editing I really can't work out what you've done here, there are three elements highlighted in yellow where you've left some terrible cloning artifacts, one where you got to the edge of the screen leaving a hard line. Then all around the flower there is the remainder of the green from the background when you've removed the colour from the rest. Lastly the lighting is very harsh so I'm sorry to say that this isn't for me a pleasing image.

I'm not sure if you've spotted it, but lots of us are having a load of fun with this thread (below), we are trying to get as many people to join in so if you get a chance to go through the archives to pull some out would good. I thought it was going to be easy for us to pick our shots but proved very hard. I'm amazed at the quality of photos people are putting up and would like more and more people to share.

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Thanks Mark-

That is excellent input. The lighting is indeed rather harsh. I will re-shoot the photo and stay away from the editing.

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Here is the new sample.

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this is a tough scene to clean up, and we can see that there is considerable ghosting artifacts.

my guess is that you used the healing brush (bandaid icon) tool. and since it samples an average of its surroundings it was pulling in the ghosts of the edge of the frame and the flower. also, i think the brush size was a bit large. with intricate edge texture in this flower and the close proximity of the frame edge, this tool is at a disadvantage.

if you use the clone stamp tool instead, and pick the sampled areas yourself, and zoom in and use a smaller brush size, it will work alot better. (though it will take quite a bit of time), then when you get the extraneous stuff cloned out, a bit of selective blur tool can even out rough transitions.
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Yes, you are correct Dustin-

I used the Healing Brush.

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Sarah, how about "no clean up at all"? Personally, I rather see noise than artifacts caused by noise removal software. Perhaps part of the problem here is the fact that you are using an old camera model.
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