Very interesting subject matter. I like number 3. Some of these could use the contrast boosted a little and some have blown highlights.
Last edited by Terry Tedor; 25th February 2010 at 04:12 PM.
The first 4 are Charminar, right? I've been fortunate enough to visit Hyderabad three times in the past few years, but haven't had much chance to take pictures. It's for work, and while we do get to tour some, it's with other people, and they have limited patience for photography.
I like the third one best: perhaps you could bring out the clouds more. What do you use for post-processing?
Thanks for persevering with the image posting for us.
I see from the EXIF that these were shot with an Olympus sp550 or u550 bridge camera and you have Photoshop CS3.
I am guessing these were shot jpg, am I correct?
Your 550 has a RAW mode and with CS3 you must have ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) giving you a means to use it.
If you shoot RAW, when the metering gets it wrong, e.g. 4, 5 and 7, you can usually rescue the shots in PP.
You obviously have a good eye for composition, but even these 7MP shots could be improved further by getting the best out of CS3, especially if you shoot RAW. The sort of things I'm thinking of are straightening horizons, local contrast enhancement and sharpening. A little extra time in front of the computer (not everyone's idea of photography, I agree) can make a huge difference.
Here's my 5 minute go at #3:
Hope that helps and if/when you want to start down the PP road, you know where to ask any questions.
I am very glad to your valuable and inspiring comments for my shots,
Yeah the first 4 are the shots of Charminar in Hyderabad City,
I too like the third Shot very much,
When you revisit hyderabad, please contact me, We will have a nice time here.
I have used CS3 for Post processing.
I stay near charminar,
Nice to meet you!
You are welcome. I posted the images again so that I can get good critics for the shots so that I can Improve and hone my skills.
You are correct, I have took these shots using Olympus u550 Bridge camera, I have used Photoshop cs3 for post processing.
Yeah U guessed correct its in JPEG format.
Can I know dave, how did you recognize that it was taken by Olympus camera?
I dont know the feature RAW mode in u550.
I am multimedia student, But i have little idea about photography, I have used photoshop for increasing the Contrast.
Thanks for your time in making some corrections in that shot.
that was really cool when you composited in PP.
Thanks a lot,
Very nice shots, Kranthi! The common theme in almost all of them is the supertight crop. Is there any reason? I mean you like it this way or there were things you did not want to include in the composition?
Anyway, nice set!
If I get back to Hyderabad, perhaps you can show me some opportunities for photos that are hard to find in a quick visit.
I ran the first image through a "standard" workflow, similar to Dave's description above:
1. Loaded as a raw file (File > Open As, choose "Camera Raw"), and color corrected, using what appears to be a white shirt of one of the visitors.
2. Used Unsharp Mask (USM), 250%, 0.3 pixels, 0 threshold.
3. Added a "Curves" adjustment layer, and chose the preset "Increase Contrast," then set Opacity to 50% to get the best (to me) look. You could just adjust the curve, but I find it easier to adjust the layer.
Please let me know if it's okay to repost your modified image here: I'll be glad to take it down.
How did I know - I viewed the image EXIF data, this is text information which the camera writes into the image file when it shoots the picture, then often Photoshop or whatever, adds to it. This is just the right click Properties info from Firefox web browser:
There are other EXIF viewers, like Regex, which gives loads more (this is just a small bit)Camera Make: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera Model: u550WP,S550WP
Image Date: 2010:02:14 05:00:05
Flash Used: No
Focal Length: 6.7mm (35mm equivalent: 38mm)
Exposure Time: 0.0031 s (1/320)
ISO equiv: 200
Exposure Bias: 0.70
White Balance: Manual
Light Source: Fine Weather
Metering Mode: Center Weight
Exposure: program (Auto)
Exposure Mode: Manual
Caption: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I looked up your camera model on a review site, which told me it can do RAW:Exif IFD0
* Image Description = OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
* Camera Make = OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
* Camera Model = u550WP,S550WP
* Picture Orientation = normal (1)
* X-Resolution = 3140000/10000 ===> 314
* Y-Resolution = 3140000/10000 ===> 314
* X/Y-Resolution Unit = inch (2)
* Software / Firmware Version = Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
* Last Modified Date/Time = 2010:02:25 15:37:54
* Y/Cb/Cr Positioning (Subsampling) = co-sited / datum point (2)
Unfortunately, it can't do jpg and RAW together, so until you're comfortable with processing a test RAW shot, keep shooting jpg.File formats • Still: JPEG (EXIF 2.21), RAW
Page 3 of that review shows you can turn on RAW by choosing it in your "Image Quality" menu item, just above SHQ which I hope you're using now.
Last edited by Dave Humphries; 26th February 2010 at 07:22 PM.
Thanks for all your comments over my thread...
I like your comments...
I will update the shots once I get...