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Archive for February 9th, 2009

 

I am not sure where the seaweed shopping cart comes in, but I liked it.

I am not sure where the seaweed shopping cart comes in, but I liked it.

For the first time I seriously tried using out the Adobe Camera Raw importer that comes with photoshop. I really liked it. I like the controls and all the stuff available for editing.

I only wish there was a way to use that same interface when adjusting other photos, large panoramas generated from RAWs through the Photostitch tool. Not that I looked for any such functionality. 

In the end I edited the above photo using both Photoshop CS4 and iPhoto ’08. It was probably just the settings I used but the iPhoto editing came out looking a lot more natural. The photoshopped version looked very bright and clean, too much so. In this instance it was definitely a result of the settings I chose and I could do a better job. Just for this photo iPhoto was a lot faster to use.

For the panoramas and other photos from this particular album (I really need Flickr Pro or an equivalent) I use photoshop for the editing and photo adjustment (just colors and curves).

I am slowly becoming used to using photoshop for my photos. I feel that it is important to learn as a step to enhance my whole photography workflow.

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The UCSB lagoon on a moonlit night.

The UCSB lagoon on a moonlit night.

I spent all day working on panorama photos that i took last night with a clear sky and full moon.

This one is made from 10 photos stitched together with Photoshop CS4. It is probably the best of all of them because I actually used a level on the tripod body and tripod head before taking the photos so all the photos are aligned nicely. The only challenge in the photo was getting the right exposure settings due to the dark right side and bright left. In the end I settled on a 30 second exposure at f/4.2 and a focal length of 24mm. White balance was adjusted later in photoshop (it was too orange originally).

The original stitched files did get rather large at 150Mb each.

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