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Old Jan 5, 2007, 10:14 AM   #1
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This my first post and putting my best photo. This photo was taken at Miami Seaquarium.


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Old Jan 5, 2007, 10:22 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums and congratulations on making your first post.

It's a nice shot, well framed and sharp as well. However I would just straighten the horizon and also apply some unsharp mask which will help make this pop even more and help lift the eye and beak which are not quite as sharp as they are just outside the focal plane with the narrow depth of field.
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Old Jan 5, 2007, 10:36 AM   #3
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Thanks Mark!
Can you give me tip how to apply unsharp mask? I have Photoshop CS but I am new to Photo editing.

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Old Jan 5, 2007, 10:36 AM   #4
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I really like your photo but the first thing I noticed was the water line isn't straight even with the shallow dof! If you straighten that it will help a lot. The other thing I would do is lasso the eye and sharpen it up so it has some pop! And I might try to bring out a little bit more of the catchlight in the eye.
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I'm not a Photoshop user rather Paintshop Pro however the basics are the same. Find unsharp mask (not sure where it is but you can easily search or someone here will soon tell you), then there are 3 settings or Radius, Strength and Threshold. Personally as a starting point I use Radius 1.0, Strength 100% and Threshold 0. I never touch Threshold but with Radius will go for between 0.5 and 1.5 and strength 80 to 150,but have a play around to see what works well with individual shots.

Here is a quick edit with settings of 1.0, 100 and 0, I have also straightened and increased brightness and contrast.
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Old Jan 5, 2007, 11:11 AM   #6
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Thanks Mark! Really there is improvement in the image. I will try to this on my own.
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Cool. Make applying unsharp mask as the last part of your workflow with any edit that you do be it for printing or web.
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Old Jan 5, 2007, 4:59 PM   #8
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The unsharp in CS2 is under Filter/Sharp/unsharp.

If you are just learning photoshop and will mostly be using it for your digital pictures see if the library has The photoshop cs2 book for digital photographers by Scott Kelby.

Great book with lots of information!
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Old Jan 6, 2007, 3:30 PM   #9
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one thing to remember when framing subjects is to have them looking into the frame. this bird is looking out of the shot, and as pointed out you have an ackward angle of a horizon in the background - easy to clone out or straighten.

i think mark slightly over sharpened leaving some haloing aroung the beak. if you have CS2 dont use USM, use smart sharpen the results are much much better.

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Old Jan 8, 2007, 9:34 AM   #10
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Hey Guys thanks alot for the tips!

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