A couple of followup questions: 1) for all your cameras, but especially your Nikons, do you have a standard set of presets you use in place of the cameras defaults? For example I've learned through my recent experiences and thru research that the D80 tends to over expose, so I am trying some different underexposure presets to address the overexposed tendency of the D80. I believe this will hep the pop factor. 2) what lense(s) do you typically shoot with? 3) Have you had much experience with extension tubes and diopters?
I agree with both of you that many of my photos can use more punch. What would help is more detail than just a statement that I need Photoshop. I am not trying to be difficult, but I started photography in college in 1978 with a Nikon FM (which I still have and it works well) and a 50 mm lense (which I still use on a D80) and a 105 mm lense. In the 35 or so intervening years photography was at best a back burner hobby. However, in those years I probably had 2 or 3 versions of Photoshop. The most recent version I had was last spring. My challenge with Photo Shop is I could never get it to do what I needed. Currently I am using Nikon Capture software and most of the work I do is on RAW files then I save them as JPEG to upload.
I believe Photoshop is the way to go. Is there a book/guide you would recommend on Photoshop. I took a look at both of your portfolios. Both are impressive. I appreciate the time you've taken.
Mensagem Citada: A couple of followup questions: 1) for all your cameras, but especially your Nikons, do you have a standard set of presets you use in place of the cameras defaults? For example I've learned through my recent experiences and thru research that the D80 tends to over expose, so I am trying some different underexposure presets to address the overexposed tendency of the D80. I believe this will hep the pop factor. 2) what lense(s) do you typically shoot with? 3) Have you had much experience with extension tubes and diopters?
I started with Nikon because people I was associated with were using the same camera and I could see what they were doing. The lenses I used were partly purchased because of price and because I wanted it. One of the lenses I use is a wide angle and it's great for specific situations.
In the end your equipment is a tool and it's up to you to learn how to use it. Give people a hammer and some build wonderful things while others just put holes in the walls.
Learning Photoshop can be a life-long endeavor. It can be daunting just to learn how to reduce noise and dust specks to start. The internet is full of tutorials and examples. All you have to do is think of something you want to try and do some searches. Some searches bring up a lot of noise so it can be hard sometimes to find exactly what you want.
I'm now using Photoshop for digital art mixed with photography but it didn't happen overnight. I've taken online courses and night classes at local institutions for Photoshop and still know very little about the overall software package. What happens is you trend toward things you learn how to do well and focus on those because there just isn't enough time to try everything.
well sir, I have to concur with Wisconsinart your photos, although of nice scenes, definitely need more zing/zest and life to them. ( I started an account here a couple years ago after getting my first camera, a point and shoot, and realized really fast that I had to actually learn about photography before coming back and making another stab at it) so I uploaded my first "real" photographs a couple weeks ago and haven't had any bites yet.. I would definitely invest in photoshop and then that in itself is another whole learning curve..... looks like you have a pretty good eye, just need to add some life to the photos.... and try all kinds of perspectives.... I'm reading at the bottom of the screen that there are over 54 millions images online here......... so I would say to be successful it's a numbers game.......... so just keep the hundreds of photos coming and you're get some hits.. good luck