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  1. So glad I discovered this. I've been told by many in the forum to check my photos for sharpness at 200% on a Retina Display screen and have been doing so for some years now on my MacBook Pro when I am out and not able to use my iMac which has a regular screen, since the Retina Display screen makes everything appear so sharp. No more! I was toodling around on Adobe's site and came across this method for making the display on your Retina Screen emulate a regular screen in Photoshop, which means I get a better sense of how sharp an image really is, whether I may want to downsize slightly, and what any noise may actually look like. It also makes me more comfortable that I haven't oversharpeded my RAW photos when I view them this way. I thought this might be helpful for others who rely on their laptops while traveling. I still use 200% to check for dust. http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/2013/01/viewing-photoshop-cs6-in-low-resolution-on-a-retina-display.html Read the first paragraph - the rest tells you how to download the correct version, etc if you have problems. I'm sure most of you are familiar with Julianne Kost, but for any photo newbies or those who just want to keep up with what's new in Photoshop and Lightroom and keep improving their skills, I highly recommend Julianne Kost's blogs and tutorials. I've taken classes with her at PhotoExpo and read her stuff/watch her videos a lot. Great way to learn & keep my skills sharp. There is so much you can do in Photoshop and Lightroom, that there is always something new to learn. If you have other tips for checking sharpness, feel free to add them to this discussion.
  2. I'd like to find out more about enhancing photo's. Not necessarily how to go about learning a photoshop type program, but more along the lines of what types of things you do to make an average photo stand out within the program. I understand the technical side of taking a photo. I even know a few things about processing film, but with digital cameras and no film, seems to me the processing side would be more along the lines of enhancing an image in Photoshop or other like programs. I'm curious to know if there are certain things that an average photographer can do on the processing side to improve the quality of an image. I'm hoping this isn't one of those things professional photographers don't like to divulge because I'd really like to know.
  3. How do I just obtain the Photoshop download on the monthly deal? When I go to the Adobe site all I can see available is the complete package deal at over £20 p.m. I guess I'm looking in the wrong place but if anyone can confirm I can just download Photoshop and provide a link I would appreciate it. Thanks John
  4. How do I save a 27MB NEF file to jpg so it is at least 17MB in Photoshop CC? When I go to save as jpg, it goes to 8 MB and no higher.
  5. Hello, I am new in Photography but have gotten heavily into it. I take photo's daily as much as possible and spend a great deal of time learning how to post process the photo's in Photoshop better and learning the in's and out's of the program. I'm left with a few questions after going through countless other photo's from good photographers. First, I notice their photo's are crystal clear and usually devoid of noise. I've tried using reduce noise to reduce the noise in my photo's, as well as using a small surface blur, and even tried using a second layer with the image on top of the first layer as overlay or screen to increase contrast. I've tried using high pass also. While those things seem to work to a minor degree (Nomatter what I put the settings to) the images don't turn out like what I see with the professionals. While they look nice, if zoomed in to max resolution you see issues. If I use reduce noise or blur to fix the noise, it becomes too blurry. I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge to shoot photo's, using pro mode so that I have as much control as possible and even doing zoom manually to get the sharpest picture possible. I have the ISO setting at 50 or 100, sometimes 200 if it's dark. I realize shooting with a high ISO will cause noise so I keep it as low as possible and try to shoot in well lit area's. I adjust the shutter speed to allow only as much light as necessary to avoid blurry pictures, and in the settings I tell the camera to save the raw dng files so that I have more to work with post processing. I realize I need a better camera, but I don't have enough money at the moment to upgrade. I was hoping to make money with what I have so that I could buy a professional DSLR camera. So, the questions I have for you guys are: 1.) What is the best entry level camera? I don't have a lot of money to spend, but I need something better than this Smartphone I imagine. I've read the best entry level is the Nikon D3300 or D3400. 2.) How much better is an entry level DSLR over a Galaxy S6 Edge? Will the photo quality improve greatly? 3.) What kind of post processing in Photoshop do you normally do to make images look their best? Are there any good tips on making images crisp/clear and noise/artifact free? Thank you in advance for your help!
  6. I was under the impression that the Photoshop "Image size" window was a reliable guide to the suitability of the size of my uploading image; however, this appears not to be the case. Moreover, the crucial part of the Alamy Image Manager's error message is unreadable, and won't scroll into view. Please refer to This Dropbox folder for screen shots. As you can see, Photoshop thinks the size would be 19.6M. Alamy's automated QC check obviously thinks differently, but I'm unable to read what it thinks. I've seen talk on this forum of some kind of Alamy image size checker, but I haven't found it yet. If someone could direct me to this Alamy image size checker and explain how to use it, I would be very grateful.
  7. How to use Blending Modes in Photoshop for layers interaction https://youtu.be/G_MuL61lNJA
  8. After my video "introduction to layers", this one goes much further. Adjustment layers, masks, blending modes, opacity, layer groups and clipping masks https://youtu.be/VSEx34l7Qy0
  9. I have been trying to update to Photoshop 2018. It crashes everytime and even the crash report crashes. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling but no luck. Anyone else have this issue and find away around it? Jill
  10. Understanding layers, selections, mask and composite images in Photoshop https://youtu.be/BEdud8QrfSQ
  11. How to customize the interface and optimize the screen in Photoshop. For beginners, but can also be useful to intermediate users. Mastering the basics can save a lot of time on the daily work https://youtu.be/eE6BFea82EQ
  12. How to use the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop https://youtu.be/BP6qr0F02S4
  13. Since I upgraded to High Sierra OS 10.13.1 (from OS 10.12), my Photoshop (CS6) crashes whenever I use Nik Collection within CS6. My short research shows that there is an issue of compatibility between Photoshop CC (and earlier releases) & OS 10.13 High Sierra. Please refer to the following link. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-and-macoshighsierra.html Anyone who uses Nik Collection regularly with Photoshop, please do not upgrade your OS until the problem is sorted out between Adobe and Apple. To solve the problem, I decided to revert to previous OS 10.12 by using Time Machine. I read a couple of articles about How To and it seems fairly straight forward. Has anyone done this before? Is there anything I need to be aware or be prepared, etc? Any experience or advice would be very much appreciated. On Apple’s help page, it says "If you use Time Machine to back up your Mac, you can easily revert to a previous version of macOS if you experience trouble after installing an update. To select a Time Machine backup from an SMB server, your Mac must be running macOS Sierra.". What does it mean? What is SMB server? I would be very grateful for your replies. Thanks Sung
  14. New Lightroom video tutorial Cropping, import preset, chromatic aberration, lens distortion, transform upright. I look forward to your comments. Many thanks Preparing images for editing
  15. Library filter and collections. All comments welcome. Many thanks
  16. Photoshop: Just noticed that Photoshop 2018 was installed on my computer... I have the Adobe "photo whatever subscription"... BUT strangely, the previous version (Photoshop CC 2017) wasn't deleted??? Lightroom CC classic: Updated automatically... previous version WAS DELETED... I was asked to upgrade the Library, which I did... seems to be a tad faster? Or just my imagination? (All on a year old pretty descent PC running Windows 10...)
  17. What you think about the usefullness of post processing? I mean, thinking not only about pictures but also video, for stock the best is to provide low contrast (not dull of course), low saturation and low overall sharpness files right? These are the best items to provide to designers and advertisers, do you agree? Then they'll have more space to re-use our files for their purposes. So it seems you should pre-set a very minimal post processing from the initial RAW file and export it. What am i missing?
  18. When preparing images for upload I develop RAW files in LR5.7 and finish them as TIFFs in PS CS2. I prefer to add tags at this stage, rather than when the image has passed QC. I keep a spreadsheet with details of every image with caption, tags etc. In the spreadsheet I separate the tags using commas, and multi-word tags with Quotation marks and commas. When I copy and paste the tags into the "keywords" box in PS CS2, all is well until I "OK" the file properties box to close it. Then PS CS2 instantly removes my quotation marks, and turns the commas to semi colons. The semi-colons seem to work like commas as tag separators so single word tags are OK. Tags with more than one word lose their quotation marks become single tags and have to be corrected later. I am at loss to know why PS CS2 does this, especially as, immediately below the "keywords box" is the text "commas can be used to separate keywords"! Can anyone help please?
  19. Hi Community ... I am trying to find a photo editing software that is easy to use, produces high quality images, and does not require a monthly user fee (like the newest versions of Photoshop & Lightbox). I know Adobe Photoshop and Lightbox are the industry standard and produce exceptional results, I find them difficult and timely to use, and I do not always get the results I want. I like how easy Microsoft Photo Editor works, even though it is limited, but it compacts the image too much. I am also using an older version of Lightbox 5.7.1 64 bit, but it no longer imports RAW files for newer camera models and I am using a Canon T6s and the new Canon D5 Mark IV. I am very reluctant to buy the online version of Photoshop because I don't believe the $10 a month fee will stay that low for long and once enough people are purchasing the online version the cost will go up significantly. So, here is my discussion topic. What stand-alone software would you recommend for post production, that produces high quality images, does not compact the file size too much, and is easy to use (like MIcrosoft Photo Editor or Google Picasa)? I also would like to find a software that allows me to import one image at a time, instead of batching photos; and preserves the original image without overwriting edits. It would be nice if it also imported Canon RAW files for editing (right now I import in Canon's Digital Photo Professional, then edit in either Lightbox or for non-stock images Microsoft Photo Editor). Let the discussion begin ... Thanks. Kristi Kisler
  20. A Lightroom CC / Camera raw update is available details here: http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2016/12/lightroom-cc-2015-8-now-available.html
  21. So, I have been experimenting with image stacking in photoshop and it has been a tad hit-and-miss. I know that this is used to great effect by macro photographers and I did have a bit of success with this but I hoped to use it more for landscapes and my theory was that it might help get some really sharp details in the foreground in particular. It seems however to be a difficult one to master - the slightest change in sun or shadow and the whole thing gets a bit rubbish. I did find that results imroved by keeping down the number of images to about 3-5 (I started with about 15 per shot and it got really poor). Any top tips for using this technique for lanscapes or is it just not meant for that? Bob
  22. Hi I normally submit stock images but have an image I took yesterday which I want to submit as news. I've been trying since last night to upload it but keep having problems. I've read the guidance on IPTC metadata fields, and have asked alamy for the test image. The data is showing in photoshop, but its not showing when I upload it hence it keeps being rejected. I've been in touch with the news desk and emailed images over to them, and they can't see any data. Nor can I see the fields filled in from their test shot. I've tried entering it in lightroom, exporting as tiff to photoshop, then exporting as jpeg from there (my normal workflow) but that's not working either. Can anyone help please? I'm running out of time before the image is 24 hours old anyway as its taken me so long to try to upload it!!!!!! I'm putting headline in File info/Origin/Headline in this format "Fall out from the Chilcot enquiry continues, London, UK" and caption in file info/IPTC/IPTC content/Description with this as my format "London, UK. 6th July, 2016. An evening newspaper lies discarded in the street. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is back in the headlines as Chilcot enquiry outcome is published. Kate Muggleton/Alamy Live News" Can anyone please help before my laptop lets launched out of a very high window! Thanks
  23. I put off upgrading to the 2015 version of PS CC for quite awhile. Back in December I caved and upgraded. Having serious performance issues. Sometimes is runs okay, other times I could go and make a cup of coffee by the time it finishes with any adjustment. Seems to be an issue all over the web, tried a bunch of fixes (dropped history to 25, cache up to 2, disabled rulers, disabled generator plugin, no 3D) but none seem to work. And on the homepage where it shows recent images it never updates. Still shows the first images I used when I started the 2015 version. Before I go back to the 2014, did anyone here have the same issue and find a fix that isn't one of the above that I have already tried? I also have 6GB of RAM dedicated to PS. Jill
  24. Hi everyone, Ive had an odd problem uploading to Stockimo on and off over the last year. Sometimes if I edit a picture using standard Apple iOS software (open from pictures and hit edit) Stockimo can no longer see the modified image. My workaround has been to open in photoshop or snapseed to resave but sometimes it decides these are the ones it dosent like today, an today is one of those days! Anyone else had this? Im on an iPhone 6 Thanks Matt
  25. Is it important that I use photo editing software on all of my pictures? I really prefer not to alter my pictures too much, if at all, because I want to show my abilities as a photographer, not a Photoshop artist. I understand that sometimes I will need to edit out blemishes/spots in the pictures, but from what I've heard, it sounds like if I don't do a lot of editing, I won't see many of my photos approved here. I submitted my first 3 30 hours ago and I am currently waiting for them to get out of QC, and I am afraid that they won't be approved. So the real question here is: Am I going to see a lot of rejected photos if I only use editing software on a few of my pictures? I can send you one or two of my photos if that will help.
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