Group 46 Bulletin Board

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
Thanks to Tom Pickering, we now have a page where we can discuss things, ask each other questions, and problem solve or whatever we like, that is private and hopefully will contribute to our photography experiences. I do ask that we keep this site kindly and see it as a place to pose problems and/or a place to learn. In order to have these pages, we gave up what was called 'links' pages (it is either/or), so if you want to send a web link to someone on this forum, you may just have to reference the website, we'll find out I'm sure.

So, welcome to our "GROUP PAGE"..........We can give it a jaunty name if you like.........and, since I'm the first person to post on this page, I'll ask the first question:

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Fine question Wanda, your leadership is valued. Thanks, Barbara   Posted: 05/18/2018 06:30:17
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Wanda, thanks for asking that Q as a starter.

What I hope to accomplish is to increase my knowledge by learning from others AND hopefully to be able to impart some knowledge that others in the group might be able to use.

My own goal is to critically test each image that I turn in. I would like to get all the suggestions for improvement that I can. In order of preference that would be first suggestions for exposure, contrast, color balance, sharpness, etc. that others feel might improve the image. Second, would be suggestions for cropping removal of "distractions", etc. that are consistent with my description of what I am trying to accomplish. Third would be a missed sensor spot etc. that are often easy to miss.

I can learn best from others when they share the key image information (f-stop, focal length, etc.) of the shot. In addition, the detailed post-processing steps are quite helpful. They allow me to see effects that particular software can provide or new tips on how to achieve a certain "look" for the image.

I will be interested to see what others want to accomplish. Hopefully we can use this page to work more closely together and learn faster. Thanks for putting it up!   Posted: 05/19/2018 14:56:56
Richard White   Richard White
One, I get to know others that are interested in photography from around the world. Two, their input and comments on various photos of mine and others in the group, which forces me to think about different items and suggestions they make. Three, on my next photo submittals seeing if I can improve the photo using past suggestions made by members of the group. This includes doing a walk around the area I'm taking photos of to see different, and perhaps better compositions.
  Posted: 05/20/2018 14:55:08
Don Poulton   Don Poulton
I'm hoping that this group will provide a forum for discussing HDR images, and comparison of HDR methods and computer software. In particular, I've been working with the new Aurora program, but have noticed that it seems to create digital noise in parts of my images, and to a greater extent than other software such as Photomatix or Nik HDR Efex Pro 2, both of which I've used extensively in recent years. Please, if any of you can help with this problem, provide me with your suggestions.   Posted: 05/29/2018 14:50:47
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Hi Don. That's a good question but one that I can not answer directly because I do not use Aurora.

I can say that in general even though many people recommend 5 shot HDR's for outdoor images at 1 EV intervals, that many shots creates noise. In Photomatix Pro 6 now I am most often using 3 shots at +/- 2 EV intervals to reduce the noise. In addition, I will always scan all of the 20+ optional outputs from Photomatix, select a subset 0f 5-6 that I like, and then look at the noise in each.

If the noise is too great in my favorite I will often use just the "Balanced" output because it tends to be less noisy. Then I will do further treatments in ON1 or PS to get the image I like.

Lastly, another trick (I used this in the image I will submit for June), if the nose is in the sky, is to remove the HDR sky and replace it with the sky from a single original RAW capture. In the case of my June photo it was a -4EV sky that I placed behind the building.

I'll be intertested to hear what others have to say.   Posted: 05/30/2018 04:49:38
Don Poulton   Don Poulton
Thanks, Gary. Aurora says that there shouldn't be much noise and additionally it has an option to add an image layer. I've tried this with one of the originals but it comes in at a slightly different size so doesn't match properly. To get success, I need to go to Photoshop to bring in an original sky (which I've done in the past with Nik or Photomatix). I should mention that in general I do just 3 brackets at 2 EV intervals, doing more brackets only when there is a very high contrast range.

But then often the noise is in other parts of the image. I might provide an example of this in my June image.
  Posted: 05/30/2018 10:27:45
Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
You fellows have such fine ambitions for use of this PSA site, that mine seems almost timid........simply to improve my photography by listening to, and consideration of, my colleges' responses.

Don, I have Aurora, but have done very little with it, so am unable to assist you with your question. To remove noise, I use CR and the denoise page of topaz labs.

By the way, I was wrong to say this is a private forum......others who are logged into this part of PSA can access these pages.   Posted: 06/01/2018 06:04:54

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
I have a do each of you resize your images to be 1Mb or less before sending them to me to post?

The reason I am asking, is that occ. a few images will be larger, and I have to resize them in order for the program to upload them. Even my own, when cropped and sized to be 1024 on long side, sometimes I must reduce the resolution in order to upload them. Any suggestions to make this easier? Thanks.   Posted: 06/02/2018 04:19:21
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Recently when I have tried to use LR to export with only the stipulation that I "Limit File Size to 1,000K" the SW comes back and tells me that it cannot do it.

G51 requirements are that all images are 1,024 by 768 regardless of orientation. When I check this and limit to 1,000K I have never had a problem. Most images Export at about 800-850K.

Hope that helps.   Posted: 06/02/2018 13:32:42
Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
I use a little freebie called PIXresizer. Very simple and does single pix and batch. You set the size you wand and run it.   Posted: 06/05/2020 15:44:49

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