If I Were You – April 2017

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Our Imaging Expert No one can take a picture that everyone likes. But, almost every picture can have scope of improvement. Often, we are not our best critics, while others can immediately point out the faults. In If I were you, our expert comments on how your pictures could be taken to another level. E-mail your images at sp@nextgenpublishing.ne Rohinton Mehta, Technical … [Read more...]

Table-Top

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Smart Photography reader Ullas George from Cochin, Kerala, sent us this photo of a glass bottle and wine glass. For the benefit of other SP readers, we asked him to let us have the lighting diagram, which could help others to try and experiment with similar products. |SP Rohinton Mehta … [Read more...]

Ask Uncle Ronnie -March 2017

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A Mixed Bag During the days of film photography, we used to get film with various ASA (50, 100, 125, 200, 400 etc) and we used to adjust the aperture and the shutter speed, depending on the lighting situation. 1) We were able to take pictures of moving subjects (like birds etc) at shutter speeds of 1/125sec or 1/250sec at apertures like f16 or f/11. 2) We could change the … [Read more...]

Image Editing – PART 4

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Let’s first recap what we learned in the earlier issues about image editing: Part 1: How to set-up Photoshop for optimum performance (December 2016) Part 2: Setting the optimum screen resolution on your computer; What are you looking for from Photoshop?; Using ‘Levels’ the wrong way; using ‘Levels’ the right way; The Tool Box; Using the Ruler Tool to straighten tilted horizon (J … [Read more...]

Image Editing – PART 3

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In part III of this series, we shall see how to use ‘Curves’. ‘Levels’ and ‘Curves’ do the same thing – adjust contrast, and thereby, indirectly, adjust the dynamic range – though Curves does it in a more refined way. Curves is also a bit more difficult to use, as compared to Levels. But we won’t let that come in our way. We will also do some further editing if necessary to enha … [Read more...]