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Old Jan 22, 2011, 2:35 PM   #1
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Default First fz40 macro attempt

Here are a few shots from my first attempt at a macro shoot. Conditions weren't ideal, as the wind was blowing. I did use photoshop for a slight sharpness and contrast adjustment, which kind of bothers me that I find myself doing that. I guess I try to be as old school as possible and the more I do in PP the less I feel like a good photographer. I'm still learning so I try not to be too critical of myself. Anyway, enough of the therapy session, any suggestions would be great.
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 2:56 PM   #2
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Craig those look good. Don't worry about post processing. No camera gets it "perfect" all the time. The way you want the final picture to look is very subjective. Each of us have different "tastes".
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 3:00 PM   #3
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Thanks Clint, that's very true.
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G'day Craig

Very nice & sharp image mate - well done
As to your feelings re: 'old school' ... same with me too, so you're not alone there
While I try to give my "100%" in the camera dep't, I accept that I sometimes need a bit of a pp tweak later on too - so my thought for you is 'don't let it worry you too much' - just enjoy it

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Old Jan 22, 2011, 3:34 PM   #5
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Thanks, Phil, appreciate that. I hate to sound like a whinger but it really does bother me sometimes. Ah well, we do what we can, ey?
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Craig - these are excellent shots! Very clear and good color. Don't sweat it over PP. Any PP should be your last resort to make up for poor shooting conditions.
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Hi Craig - absolutely gorgeous, lovely and clear, and the colour is fantastic.
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Great macros Craig - you did really well with them. Processing makes sense; by tweaking the camera settings you're doing processing anyway - but adjusting contrast afterwards is a sensible thing to do.
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Great job, Craig-

You controlled the background very well, so that there are no distracting elements there. Exposure looks good, and the sharpness is lovely.

Well Done!

Don't have a"hang-up" about photo editing. Yes, we should work hard to get the photo as perfect as possible. However, the cameras are good, but certainly not perfect. So we all do some post processing to get our photos just the way we want them to look. 'So, not to worry.

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Craig those are absolute georgeous!

...as for PP the BEST, GREATEST, HIGHEST RATED, Photog's in the world PP all of their shots...you are not really PP'ing when you a PP a Photo in 5 seconds...you are just brushing/cleaning it up...PP'ing is when you Clone out, add Bokeh, add a subject, paint the sky blue instead of a blownout white...that's real PP and as Clint said it's subjective...I like razor sharp images so I tend to sharpen too much...but I do not spend more than a few seconds on any photo in PP...none of us bought a camera to PP, we bought it to shoot photos, but a little PP can take out the noise and clean a beautiful photo up to make it much more presentable...just as you did on these beautiful flowers!
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