Group 12 General Photography Discussion


This page is dedicated to the discussion of photography in general, beyond the images that are being discussed monthly.


Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
NEW! Just for our own group members! If you have a general photography question or opinion you'd like to share, this is the place for it!   Posted: 12/12/2017 09:02:28

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
For official Photoshop tutorials that are FREE, I love https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/tutorials.html

You'll have to copy/paste that link.

Which online photo editing site(s) do you like?
  Posted: 12/12/2017 09:09:57
David Smalldon   David Smalldon
Let's see, I have so many favorites sites!

My favorite would be:
www.petapixel.com

Sometimes I like www.fstoppers.com but they tend to cater to high-end photographers more.

I also LOVE PHlearn.com They have the EASIEST most clear-cut and simple Photoshop tutorials I have ever seen and YES! they have free tutorials (over 490 of them currently!)The easiest way to see their free tutorials is to go to their YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/PhlearnLLC/videos

Finally for the best Photoshop videos who does the most WONDERFULLY creative things with pictures, I like to watch BLUE LIGHTNING TV on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/bluelightningtv/videos

  Posted: 12/15/2017 09:29:10
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Wow, the PHlearn tutorials are excellent! Thanks, David.   Posted: 12/15/2017 17:51:11

David Smalldon   David Smalldon
SO I have a question, what type of settings do people like to use when taking pictures of Christmas lights outdoors?   Posted: 12/15/2017 09:30:07

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
On youtube, I just discovered excellent Photoshop tutorials by PIXimperfect and I subscribed to his channel. Seems like I watch one of them every day now!   Posted: 12/15/2017 12:56:49

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Thank you, Carole, for starting this page. I rarely watch Photoshop tutorials - not that I'm that good. I'm more of a 'hit that button and see what happens' kind of user. I have been taking all the Topaz free webinars. I also pay attention to what the members of our group say about processing. As far as Christmas lights go, I take one shot on automatic and use the exposure information as a starting point. Then adjust f/stop to get the desired depth of field as well as star bursts.   Posted: 12/16/2017 09:47:53

Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
Over the years I have shot with half Canon & half Nikon shooters. Our settings at the same place & time are always different. My Nikon iS generally always set at -3 exposure. I shoot Christmas lights & sunsets underexposed. Bracketing is the safest way.   Posted: 12/16/2017 13:07:53

David Smalldon   David Smalldon
So out of curiosity, what does everybody use for social media?

I can be found on :

FLICKR https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidsmalldon/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/davidsmalldon/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/davidsmalldondigitaldesigns/


  Posted: 01/02/2018 10:25:20
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
This group is my social media - and you are great! Thanks, Carole and David, for the editing and tutorial sites. Carole, my friend has many of his photos on his phone. I believe he emails them to himself, then opens the email on his phone. And speaking of Photo Shop tutorials, what do you know about smart objects? This seems to be a very useful technique.   Posted: 01/05/2018 12:35:04
David Smalldon   David Smalldon
What about Photoshop smart objects Connie? What are you thinking about doing specifically?   Posted: 01/05/2018 14:58:16
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
There have been occasions when I wanted to insert the same object into different pictures. Making the object a 'smart object' would probably have made that easier. I am making a slide show for a friend and want to line up several shots of a whale fluke splashing in the water. It would be very effective to have the background stable and only the fluke moving. There are many other uses for smart objects; I just don't know how to create them or use them.   Posted: 01/05/2018 14:58:16
David Smalldon   David Smalldon
Connie:

Maybe you could take a look at this

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/create-smart-objects.html

And I think you might be talking about a LINKED smart object specifically.

I'm having some difficulty following you though about how you think smart objects might help you in this case so let me know if you need a little further help on this and the documentation doesn't help you at all.   Posted: 01/05/2018 14:58:16

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
I'm not into sharing, which is the purpose of social media. I'm more into having my photos and knowing that I have them! I don't publicize the photos I take.

I'll put an occasional photo on Facebook, but they're generally family or snapshots. I love Flickr for its storage feature. But many of those photos I upload to Flickr aren't the so-called "best" ones but also include all of the ones I personally want to keep. Occasionally, I'll share a photo from Flickr to my Facebook. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ckropscot/

I do have an Instagram account, but I rarely take a photo with my phone, and I don't think I can upload a computer photo file there. And I'd have no reason to put a photo on Instagram. Not sure why people do it!

I guess I take photos just for myself! I do edit all my photos in Lightroom or Photoshop whenever I go out taking photos and rank them.

My main use for my photos is that I make a video slideshow of a photo shoot or vacation or event. Otherwise, I'd say I just store them. I have many external hard drives full of photos and videos!

I like the feeling of having captured that moment in time. I have so many photos I take that I like that I wouldn't know which photos to single out and share with other people. And I'm not so certain that people want to see yet another photo I took! There's always yet another photo! And I do plan to continue taking all those photos in the future, because I just "have to" photograph certain things!   Posted: 01/02/2018 12:49:04
David Smalldon   David Smalldon
Carole:

Just to start, let me quote a few facts about Instagram from Scott Kelby's Instagram class on KelbyOne (I subscribe to that website now and then for their excellent photography classes!)

- Instagram IS the only Social Media platform made for photographers and for photography marketing. It was the original.
- there are over 400 million active users on Instagram. 100 million more than Twitter. Instagram doesn't have as much as Facebook but there are other advantages that Instagram has that Facebook doesn't which I will discuss below.
- 96% of top Fashion brands are on Instagram
- you're much more likely to have your work discovered on Instagram than to have somebody stumble onto your portfolio somewhere else

In essence, there are THREE big advantages to Instagram:
1. ALL your followers see your posts and aren't restricted (Facebook will limit your posts depending on how many people you have). All of your images show up in your follower feeds in Instagram for them to look at.
2. You can reach OUTSIDE your followers for FREE (via hashtags) which is difficult to do in Facebook without paying for marketing costs.
3. You LEARN which images resonate the best by seeing how many likes come back. My flower picture got 4 likes..okay..then it's not as good as I thought and I won't be posting that. My forest picture got 40 likes probably means it's a picture that I need to be putting on all my social media channels!


On Instagram, people post pictures there to get exposure to people you would NEVER get access to any other way. Instagram is like the FACEBOOK of photography!

One important thing to remember about Instagram is that if I tag my photos then if somebody who has 100 followers LIKES my photo then my photo comes up in THEIR feed and if one of their follower LIKES my photo then my photo will come up in THEIR feed and so on and so forth! In other words, people who NEVER follow you can get access to your photos and you can get followers just from putting your photos out there and tagging your photos properly. So for somebody, like me, who wants people to know about my photography and about me then Instagram is an important social media tool to use and understand on a daily basis. It gives me exposure to people that I might not otherwise have the ability to ever have exposure to and for them to see my photo in their feed.

Instagram is the best way to get your photography noticed in a world that is saturated with digital images.

I think you would be very pleasantly surprised if you took a photo once in a while that you like and posted it on Instagram with the appropriate hashtags. You would have people from far and wide engaging with you and admiring your photos plus you'd get positive feedback (I've never received negative feedback on anything I post on Instagram!) and it would help you to better hone your photography skills to see what other people see as to what makes an interesting photo.So start using your Instagram account and you will start understanding which photos people want to see you sharing with them! :)
  Posted: 01/02/2018 13:46:36
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
The last time I tried to put a photo on Instagram, it had to be done from a phone. Has that changed?   Posted: 01/02/2018 14:06:50
David Smalldon   David Smalldon
Where there's a will, there's always a way! :) It certainly is easier to do it with a phone but you can still work around it with a desktop computer.

Take a look at this (as an example):

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-post-to-instagram-from-a-computer/
  Posted: 01/02/2018 14:06:50
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
It didn't work. Sorry!   Posted: 01/02/2018 14:06:50

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Carole, you said you like to make slide shows. What software do you use?   Posted: 01/16/2018 09:57:37

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
We have 4 local photography shows to prepare for this month. We may sell our photos. Given that this area seems to love paintings, but treats photos as the orphan child, how do we determine how to price our images? Costing out supplies comes to about $35 per 16x20 print. I want to charge $100. The pictures will probably not sell at any price, but I do want people to appreciate the skill and expense that go in to making these large prints. Any comments?   Posted: 02/28/2018 10:45:08

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Gavin asked about Topaz Studio. It is a free download with basic adjustments and some nice presets. You can buy more adjustments and plug-ins. It can be a plug-in for Photoshop or Elements (don't know about Lightroom) or it can be used as a stand-alone. The learning curve is slightly steeper than Elements, but it's very nice. The more tools we have, the better able we are to make our photographs look like what we saw.   Posted: 03/13/2018 15:29:33

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