Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Blokes with no real Celtic connections insist on wearing the most inappropriate dress for men ever designed, lets be honest here guys, we were never designed to show off our legs, they are not smooth elegant things, they are scarred lumpy knobbly things that scare small children on the beach. And worse... far worse, is the pulling up of the kilt and giving the world a flash!
Why in the name of all that's sane do grown intelligent men insist of giving us all a flash, these normally respectable hard working blokes throw common sense and decency out the window as soon as a kilts buckled on. If our legs were meant to be hidden there's other parts that definitely shouldn't be on shown in public.
So please people, don't wear a kilt, not now, not ever! No honestly, really don't! You will look a wally, it's insulting to the people who have real claim to wear them, and you'll end up showing the world your "bits" and trust me that makes you look even more stupid.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Michael has been a controversial figure, much of his own making, and the butt of many jokes, but we shouldn't forget the guy was a brilliant singer and dancer.
I remember staying up to watch the first ever tv showing of thriller, and it was worth it. We all know about the allegations of child abuse, the dangling his baby out of a hotel window, and the claim's he lived in an oxygen tent, but maybe it's time we remembered the man for his music instead.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Now the portrait bit, back in March I talked about Portrait pro, and a great bit of software it is too. Trouble is it does have one big failing, you have to set up a sort of simple grid so it knows where the face is, this means it cant deal with two people in a shot.
The good news is now there's a way to do it, Imagenomic portrait, this clever bit of software gives a similar effect but although it doesn't have the face sculpting Portrait pro has it does have the skin softening effects, and the beauty is it works out which bits are skin, so it'll work on a shot with any number of faces. And unlike PP it'll apply the effect to any skin, so if your lucky enough to have your model in a bikini, it's smooth all the skin, not just the face.
When I have time I'll post a before and after comparrison. Wayne
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I was on a coach in a built up city area, I looked out of the window and saw the left engine separate from the plane, it appeared to be on fire (the engine) the plane then dropped and hit the tops of some tall building before crashing to the ground to the right of the coach while the engine passed over the top and hits houses on our left.
Why am I mentioning this, because it was so incredibly realistic, I felt the impacts, I heard the debris hitting the coach, I smelt the avaition fuel, it was the most realistic dream I have had in many years.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
With digital ideally you need to ETTR, by that I mean expose for the highlights (the right side of the histogram) Why you ask? Well it's simple really, it's to do with the way digital works.
You see digital data is linear and the way it's broken down is half of all the data is the brightest stop, then half or the remaining data is the next stop etc etc, so very little data is used to record the darkest area.
If you are tempted to under expose significantly to preserve the highlights your loosing a lot of the data (because it's in the brightest parts of the image) so when the data is converted, either as an in camera jpeg or in your raw converter, in effect your stretching out the darker tones (but remember these have a lot less data) so you have more risk of banding, artifacts, or noise.
Ideally you go as bright as you can without blowing the highlights.
Why am I telling you this, simply because I have spent 2 days editing a wedding that should have taken a few hours, sadly the photographer has never heard the expression ETTR, or indeed the words white balance, correct exposure or composition! Even the word focus is in doubt!
I have had to individually correct 700+ pics, many needed separate noise reduction, and a lot of shadow/highlight work (time consuming) and I'm not even going to get into the colours, how anybody with a modern state of the art camera can get so many different colours in one batch of shots never ceases to amaze me.
But I think the thing that worries me most is lack of attention to detail, such as shooting 5000 iso on a bright sunny day, WHY!!!! you don't need it. Or not noticing a set or railings, a lamppost and a bright Orange fence behind the bride and groom, how in the name of all that's sane could you miss it! Ray Charles could have b****y seen it and he was blind!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009