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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: Today at 06:33:12 PM »
I certainly learnt a lot from this discussion. Thanks to all!

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Why do you need a new one, if your is 1-yr old and pretty fast?
I'm using a VAIO Z, which is about 3 or may be even 4 years old. It used to be a top-range, so it's pretty competitive now with i7-2660k, 8 gigs of ram and 256Gb SSD drive(RAID0 of two 128GB sticks).

The only thing you need for photography you need is an external display. Get yourself a nice 27" IPS DELL and have fun.

This is very close to what I have too - a 3 yr old Vaio that I upped to Crucial 8Gb RAM and added a Samsung 500Gb SSD. The biggest improvement that came though was when I bought a 22 inch external display! The original 16.4" TN screen is totally unacceptable for photo editing so I can't recommend anything that doesn't have an IPS display. So many headaches were due to the poor screen on my laptop.

My laptop is now my desktop and doesn't move from the desk.  :(

I am going to do the same but don't have a external display picked yet. I work exclusively from a 2010 Macbook Pro. Any suggestions?

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: August 26, 2014, 12:26:55 PM »
I am old so I like books. I like to be able to flip through pages with the program on screen, rather than switch back and forth between screens. I like Scott kelby's books because they fit my style of learning. I can jump around and pick and choose lessons (I am unfocused after all)
In fact I'm at a kelby workshop today.
But there are also a ton of resources online on the adobe website and help menu.

 ;D, Thanks

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: August 26, 2014, 09:38:29 AM »
Dear unfocussed,
Thanks a lot for that. I too like to take the time to compose such that I don't have to crop. For the most part that's why I am so ignorant as I hadn't had to do it often. I like the native aspect ratio. I came to this only beacuse I did crop a couple of images without regard to the aspect ratios and then couldn't print the way I had cropped as it did not fit the ratio of the printing lab. What was strange is I uploaded to two labs to compare their prints and decide on one of them for future use, and one took the upload as is but the other cropped it further to fit their aspect ratio. Anyway, I know a lot more now. Still learning the very basics of layers. Any good tutorial you could suggest? Thanks again.
Ray

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:37:55 PM »
Dear unfocused,
I did read your post. I now realize that the two blank boxes to it's right are for other sizes. I don't see any option for aspect ratio in PS5. But then if I have the sizes then I am all set. And I assume when none of these options are chosen then I have a free hand at cropping.

All of these are ONLY important for printing purposes on standard sizes? So, in case I do free cropping to the image I really want and that image does not fulfill the aspect ratios of the printing lab, then I can't print those in the sizes I want or the lab prints? Or is there a way to "expand" or "shrink" that image to fit the standard print sizes? I realize that this question is silly but as I learn more I realize that my ignorance of PS is as vast as PS's capability itself.

I guess the answer to my question about editing to one size and then printing to different sizes won't work as the print sizes have different aspect ratios.
I don't see the "delete cropped pixels" box in PS5. Thanks for your help.
Ray

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:21:48 PM »
In the lightroom cropping tool there's a lock that constrains your proportions to the original image proportions, or a drop down to choose quick proportions for various sizes. If you uncheck the lock,


That's what I want to do. Know how to lock so it constrains to the original image proportions. And then I can choose quick proportions when I know for sure what size I want. Is there something similar lock in Photoshop CS5?

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:18:04 PM »
Thanks for all the help.
Since I am learning Photoshop I want to keep it simple if possible. As I had mentioned when I take a picture straight out of the camera and do not crop , I am able to upload and print to any size as long as the resolution allows.  I guess that way I am preserving the aspect ratio. That's all I want to do. When I go to the drop down menu it asks me to choose the final image size and I guess it will limit my crop specific to that size. In the drop down menu it goes from 4" by 6" to 8" by 10" with some more options in between. So what if I want a 16 by 20 print? I guess by choosing any of the options on the drop down down menu it should still work?

When I wrote to one of the services here is what they suggested:

For a 4 x 6" print: Your image should have an aspect ratio of 1:1.5
For a 5 x 7" prints: Your image should have an aspect ratio of 1:1.4
For an 8 x 10" print: Your image should have an aspect ratio of 1:1.25
For a 16 x 20" print: Your image should have an aspect ratio of 1:1.25
For a 20 x 30" print: Your image should have an aspect ratio of 1:1.5
For a Wallet-size print: Your image should have an aspect ratio of 1:1.4

Second question:
How do I make my cropping non destructive?
Thanks
Ray

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:06:42 AM »
I used Photoshop CS5. I am very new to photoshop so don't know much. When I used the crop tool it did not restrict me but perhaps a box needs to be checked? Sounds like that might be helpful. Anyone has any ideas?

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Photography Technique / Re: Cropping
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:21:46 AM »
Not sure what custom aspect ratio means? I just cropped the image to the content I thought I wanted. WHat is interesting is, I am trialling a new printing service so sent the same images to both and only one of them cropped the images but not the other.

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Photography Technique / Cropping
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:26:14 AM »
Hi,
I recently cropped some images and when uploaded to a printing site they would not fit their specs. and got cropped even more to fit their dimensions. How does one crop without having these issues? Are their any dimensions to be kept in mind for a specific print size? If I take an image straight out of camera with no cropping this issue does not happen and I can pick and choose whatever print size I want without worrying about the file size or dimensions. Please educate. Thanks
Ray

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Tanagers (Brazil)
« on: August 15, 2014, 01:03:24 PM »
Beautiful!

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Landscape / Summary
« on: August 11, 2014, 10:12:37 AM »
As I was making notes for myself for my tour there I thought I'd share the information so it might help someone who like me might be considering going there. Obvioulsy this is very concise and in no way covers everything as I have NOT been there. Folks can add or let me know if something is obviously wrong. Here is what I gather from all the information here, PM's from forum members and a couple of phone calls.

- Different companies outfit each canyon, no one does both.
- What appeals to me best is two full days there. Do upper photo tour, go to lower photo pass same day and then do night tour of upper. Return the next day and do upper again.This way the second day I can either enjoy the sights or get the shots I did not/could not the first day and also a buffer in case of bad weather. But makes it expensive as they will not put a custom package for you.
- 2nd day evening do Horseshoe bend at sunset and perhaps lake Powell as well.
- Photography tours all around. To go that far and spend that much  money it would be unwise to skimp out on a couple of hundred dollars and not enjoy the show or get the shot.
- June-Aug is the time for the light beams…. but they are open year round.
- Night tour of the Upper Canyon is $150 for photographers who will get instructions on settings etc, $50 for folks who just want to go there and shoot without instructions. The explanation was a bit grey but worth calling and confirming the value of the added $100.
- Las Vegas, Phoenix and even Salt Lake City airports could work. Page does have an airport but a small one.
- In the lower canyon, the photo pass gets you two full hours but you are on your own, no guide. They do have photo monitors who may point you to better spots etc. Perhaps for folks who have been there and are already familiar with the spots.
-  Horseshoe Bend: It is 10 min. away from page, and another 15-20 min. by foot from the parking lot. Apparently not so easy a walk due to soft and deep sand. But no tours, you do it on your own.
- Many other wonderful places in UT/AZ close by for your landscape fix; Monument Valley, Arches, Zion, Grand Canyon etc if you have more time.


Shooting tips:
- Wide angle lenses a must
- Photo tours recommended as they come with crowd control. They do make it more expensive though.
- Tripod required in photography packages
- Bracket shots
- Two cameras if possible with different focal length lens, avoid changing lenses inside, it's dusty in there.
- Cleanig cloth, blower etc
- Shoot RAW if not RAW+jpeg
- Polarizer filter to be considered.

Thanks to everyone for the tips and the awesome pictures which have motivated me once again!


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Post Processing / Re: My Basic & Practical Back-Up Strategy
« on: August 09, 2014, 06:57:57 PM »
My mind is numb now. I am totally confused. Can someone please explain what's the difference between a backup and a clone? When I back up my laptop using time machine onto a external drive, the information on that drive is much smaller than what's on my laptop. Is the information compressed? Does it have everything? i.e if my laptop were to crash and loose everything, can a restore ALL information, pictures, documents from the backup?
Clone, to me sounds like an exact copy, is it uncompressed?
Is one better/safer as a backup than the other?
Thanks

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I think you are asking for something that isn't really attainable and you have used some of the best options available and learned this for yourself.  I'll just confirm what you already know but don't want to admit.  Laptop displays, even the best ones, are compromises compared to a high quality monitor designed for graphics or photography use.  I use Lenovo Thinkpads all the time and I have a W520.  The thinkpad IPS displays even allow some limited calibration.  But as good as they are, they'll never be as good as my DELL U2410 Ultrasharp IPS screen.  (And there are many other screens that are as good or better.)

IMHO, Apple Retina screens are designed to impress people with gloss, high saturation and high contrast.  (This makes them 'pop'.)  These aspects make them less accurate for true rendition and undesirable for use in serious editing.  I much prefer an IPS matte screen that is accurate over a glossy screen with glare that isn't.

If I were you, I would keep the thinkpad with the IPS screen and invest in a good external IPS monitor.  The DELL U2410 can be obtained for a steal for around $200!!  Connect it with a Displayport cable and you're all set.  Heck, the thinkpad could be mounted on a dock and you wouldn't have to connect a single cable.
You are correct. I fell for the matte screen coolaid few years ago for my MBP. I am also in the same boat as the OP. Am thinking of a Mac mini and an external display. I haven't used a PC at home for the last 10 years.

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Landscape / Re: Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:51:59 AM »
Been a while but finally got some time. Here are a few. The Grand Prismatic, The Tetons and in the Yellowstone park.Thanks,
Ray

Beautiful shots ray5. Nicely done.
Thanks Click!

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