Category Archives: Photography
Day 29 – Work in Black and White
My assignment on removing colour cast didn’t get much of a reaction, so I’m just going to go ahead and post the next one.
I’m hoping the lack of activity indicates that everyone is busy getting on with life as much as possible under the circumstances and keeping well. Having this course to concentrate on has definitely helped keep me sane despite the restrictions. I am grateful for it.
For this assignment we were to select our favourite photo from this course and convert it to black and white. I chose two, Elizabeth River Bridge and Finn Road, both of which I used in the leading lines assignment.
When I Googled Nik Silver Efex Pro it said Google had made it available free of charge for a couple of years but they don’t anymore so I wasn’t able to use it. I experimented with Photoshop Express and Lightroom. I found the tools in Lightroom easier to use.
Below are the edited originals of each followed by the Photoshop and Lightroom versions.
Elizabeth River Bridge f5.6 1/1251s ISO 100 4.10 mm
Finn Road f5.6 1/1061s IO 80 21.66 mm
Day 28 Assignment — Remove Colour Cast
Two Jabiru, one Egret
Day 27 Assignment – Enhance your Colour
For this assignment we were to enhance the colour of the sunset photo we took for our assignment on Day 3.
This photo was so dark that increasing the vibrance did little to improve it:
So, I made adjustments in Lightroom to contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and blacks, then increased the vibrance:
I took it into Photoshop and cropped it to get rid of the footpath, then used the spot heal and clone stamp tools to remove the signpost.
Day 26 Assignment – Fix Dynamic Range 2
Jim Hamel commented that he wasn’t sure that my clinging tree example had anything to do with dynamic range but that it did improve the photo, so I submitted another and asked if it was a better example.
Original 1/1000 f7.1 ISO200
Day 25 Assignment – Add Contrast
For this assignment we were to add texture and punch to one of our pictures by adding contrast.
Nightcliff Jetty – Original 1/1000 f3.5 ISO 80 24mm
I didn’t like the white patch in the sky when I removed the lamp posts, but I didn’t like the result when I tried to fix it either so I started again:
End results with and without lamp posts.
Day 24 Assignment – Use the Power of Local Adjustment
For this assignment we were to make changes to discrete portions of a photo using tools in Lightroom and Photoshop.
This is the original f3.5 1/2000 410 mm ISO 1600
Re-posting after Jim suggested applying a light vignette instead of cropping.
Re-posting with vignette feathered out so it’s barely noticeable.
Day 23 Assignment – Enhance Tones
For this assignment we were to find one of our photos where the lighting or exposure was off and fix it using the tools in Lightroom and Photoshop we’d learnt about in Day 23: Control the Light.
I selected this photo from Day 6 Assignment – Stop the Action because Jim Hamel liked it but said it needed brightening in post processing.
This first photo is the original.
Day 22 Assignment – Capture the Decisive Moment
This assignment is a continuation of Day 21 Work the Scene, but as I am unable to complete that at the moment, I am submitting some photos I took of a martial arts demonstration by the Darwin Chung Wah Society for Chinese New Year last month.
I think they meet the anticipation requirement of the assignment.
Please bear in mind this was my first time using manual mode in an indoor stadium setting, just the second week of the course. The photos are unedited except for a bit of cropping.
1/400 f5.6 ISO 3200
1/400 f5.6 ISO 3200
1/400 f5.0 ISO 3200
Day 18 Assignment – Clouds
This is almost identical to the original which I seem to have deleted.
Cropped and removed blemishes in Photoshop.
I love the balance of the little fishing boat on one side against the dark menacing storm cloud on the other.
This cloud balanced itself but I took a few other shots to include some foreground.
It was hard to find an example of formal symmetrical balance. I used the jetty lightposts.