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Postby EviL Ras » 20 Jul 2015, 16:47

I bought the premiere elements/photoshop 13 bundle earlier in the year. tried photoshop for a day and gave up.
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Postby jurassicjim » 20 Jul 2015, 17:11

Haha, sounds familiar!

I used to be quite good with Photoshop back in my uni days, but totally lost most my knowledge. I can't be bothered too, if you take a few hundred photos on holiday, and have a couple of hundred keepers, going to take hours and hours on Photoshop.

My light room process is pretty quick and easy. Just wonder if I could get a lot more out my photos with some more effort.

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Postby jurassicjim » 26 Aug 2015, 20:28

I hope to see some photos with the new camera Ras!

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Postby Johnmcl7 » 26 Aug 2015, 22:03

jurassicjim wrote:Source of the post Is anyone here good with lightroom and/ or photoshop?

It isn't something I have really put any time into, and just do more basic edits.

Would like to give someone a RAW file and see what they can do with it!

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I wouldn't say I'm good with Lightroom but I do think it's something worth investing in, it's very different to Photoshop in that everything is tailored purely to handling photos which means it's very quick and easy to make improvements to the photos. For a long time I was very resistant to using raw files and when I did try processing raw files the results were always worse than the original jpegs but with the D700 I was forced into it as it had a tremendous sensor and a terrible jpeg engine. I bought a book that was great in rather than just explaining what each setting did it would step you through the series of steps you'd go through and recommending settings to achieve certain results. I now process all the files from the Nikons while for the smaller cameras I tend to do it as required as they're often grab shots and don't matter as much.

The main advantage is dynamic range as I find you can pull far more out of the sensor than even the boosted modes in the camera can produce and adjusting the WB is also handy as even small WB tweaks can make a decent improvement. I don't have much uploaded to show the difference but you can see how much could be recovered in raw here:

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Alfie generally mucks up the WB and the exposure so it's good to be able to correct it by lifting the shadows a bit and tweaking the WB:

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I'm not saying you must shoot raw though, just whatever suits really.

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Postby EviL Ras » 26 Aug 2015, 22:27

jurassicjim wrote:Source of the post I hope to see some photos with the new camera Ras!

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Yeah, i hope to as well! Never really caught the photo bug, even tho i wanted to. I just want a good camera that can do good pics! But getting a mirrorless camera might help me see what the settings do to the photo! So looking forward to giving it a go!

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Postby csteff » 27 Aug 2015, 07:41

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Postby EviL Ras » 27 Aug 2015, 09:11

They're loading now. and WOW! Tweaking makes a hell of a difference!
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Postby jurassicjim » 28 Aug 2015, 14:24

I would say RAW is a must to be honest, if you want to get photos that do your camera justice.

I'm pretty good with Lightroom I think, I just don't spend hours on one photo (though not sure you can really, maybe that is more a photoshop thing!).

All I can say is take photos ALL the time and take your camera everywhere, that's how I got the bug. It really is the only way to get better.

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Postby EviL Ras » 28 Aug 2015, 16:09

Yeah, i'm going to do a discounted jessops photography 101 thing. just the basics to SHOW me what aperture, shutter speed, iso etc do. As i need showing so i can do things better. Then i'll carry it round with me and see what i can shoot!
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Postby EviL Ras » 28 Aug 2015, 23:50

How much is lightroom?
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 29 Aug 2015, 01:13

EviL Ras wrote:Source of the post How much is lightroom?


Just over £100 at the moment.

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Postby jurassicjim » 29 Aug 2015, 08:45

iRas, I literally bought it yesterday, for the subscription model it was £83 for a year, which is pretty good.

think that offer has now ended.

I was using lightroom through other less costly means, but I want to see if I can set it up better through multiple devices and see if I can get any use out of the mobile stuff so too the plunge on buying the subscription.

My 75mm 1.8 lens came yesterday,it is a thing of beauty!

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Postby EviL Ras » 29 Aug 2015, 19:11

Hmm, thats what i thought. Was hoping it was cheaper, as i really dont fancy shooting in raw and having to tweak every pic!

Got the camera and its great! much smaller and lighter than the canon! Loving the mirrorless experience of liveview all the time. The EVF is decent. Video performance is strong. the Zeiss lens is much better than the kit, but the kit is much lighter and smaller to carry! Haven't taken any pics of much decent yet as its chucking it down! So just mui using bounce flash.

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Postby Advocate » 30 Aug 2015, 21:27

If you don't fancy springing for lightroom or pirating it you may want to have a go with http://rawtherapee.com/
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Postby EviL Ras » 31 Aug 2015, 12:29

So i went round covent garden with the A6000 yesterday and the zeiss lens. Its a joy to use as its so much lighter! its probably a touch too small tbh! But its dead easy to pull out, and shoot. I really liked the 11 fps to catch the guy catching a baton. Sounds like a gun!

A very cloudy day, and i didnt shoot in raw! So these have pretty much just had the sony playmemories "auto correct" applied to them (which basically made them lighter!). And then shrunk by 50% to get them under the 4mb limit for the forum!

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