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#21
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I am running Windows 10 and it has the MS Paint pre-loaded. I just right click and pick edit and it open the picture by default, you can choose about 8 phots at a time for this.


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Jay,

 

You can see the difference when you click on the photos.   They go to the max size when clicked on which is good if one your followers wants to see the detail.


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Jay,

 

You can see the difference when you click on the photos.   They go to the max size when clicked on which is good if one your followers wants to see the detail.

I learn something every day. I didn't know about clicking on the picture. Thank you, Mark.


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I learn something every day. I didn't know about clicking on the picture. Thank you, Mark.

 

What he said!  I click on images always in order to fill up my screen and see the details.  The forum stores them at whatever resolution you upload them (up to the 2mb 1600x1200 maximum) so they can be viewed at that resolution to see details.  If you go back to my 'cropping' post and click on them, you'll see how much of a difference it makes.

 

Edit: Another note.  Once you have a larger image opened by clicking on it, you can simply click on the image again on the right half to move forward to the next image, and on the far left you can click to move backwards in order through the images (only within a single post).

 

This is why I really like it when people make a single post with a bunch of images, rather than making a bunch of posts with just one or two images per post, it makes it much easier to scroll through all the images in full size.

 

Cheers!


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 before and after using Photoshop when my wife and i go on a photo shoot I will tell her "hey it can be fixed in photoshop"

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Pete 38,

 

    Does WIN10 have Microsoft Photo Editor loaded as well?


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I have used Office Photo Manager. to resize my photos.  When I went to Manitowoc and took photos of the models I had to angle the shots to reduce reflection and change the exposure for the lights.  Many times I would use a tripod to get a good shop.  I use a Canon SX120 and have had good results but it takes practice.  I would have enjoyed getting a DSLR but   could not justify the expense on my budget.  I remember a discussion by Kurt that If you are shooting your model make sure there is no clutter and have good lighting.  And with a good point and shoot digital you can take a good photo.  Just practice with the settings until you know what will work best.

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Here is another suggestion.
 

Use the ‘self-timer’ on your camera (if you have one) to take pictures under the following conditions:

a.      You want to hold the object in your hand and cannot reach the camera.

b.      The light is dim and you need to take a time exposure without disturbing the camera.

 

For some cameras you can select the time you have before the shutter clicks. Mine is set at 10 seconds.


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I, like Crackers, am a rank amateur when it comes to taking pictures.  Using my iphone, I aim, shoot and hope for the best with the majority of the photos being deleted.  I do enjoy looking at the photographs taken by people like Brian and Modeler12, who spend the time to take quality photos.  I do, however, disagree with one of the recommendations for composing the shots.  Personally I like to see the clutter on peoples work tables.  I like looking (aka nosing) around seeing what kind of tools they have or what glue they're using.  It also makes me feel better when I see some tables a lot messier than mind. :)


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Ok Sal, this one is for you.

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Pete 38,

 

    Does WIN10 have Microsoft Photo Editor loaded as well?

Chuck,  If I just double click the photo it comes up in Microsoft Photo that does have an edit feature. You can crop, effect, rotate, retouch, reduce red eye, color, effects, filters and change light.


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Triton Cross Section 1:32

 

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What caught my eye, is the bottle of adult beverage to sooth the pain of building frustration. I prefer Jack Daniels over ice.

 

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    Crackers   :huh: ^_^ :D

The 'adult beverage'in the bottle and glass actually are used to clean out my brushes after glueing up some wood.  B)  B)

 

BTW you don't really think I would have a bottle of wine while working models (well these kind of models). 

It was a prop to see what Sal would think.


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The 'adult beverage'in the bottle and glass actually are used to clean out my brushes after glueing up some wood.  B)  B)

 

BTW you don't really think I would have a bottle of wine while working models (well these kind of models). 

It was a prop to see what Sal would think.

 

LOL, Jay you've made my day.  Great picture, nice composition and the next round is on me.


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Here are a couple points to consider

first is shooting through a glass window causes the photo to be flat because of the glass reflecting. Second is the use of a single point of light causing a hot spot, the camera can not deal with extreme shadow and highlight. Making all the camera adjustments will not fix these issues. Sometimes retouching the shot is the only way to correct a problem. to some degree you can pull detail out of an over exposed hot spot as well as bring detail out of shadows.  If i were to publish this shot in a build log i would remove the bar on the right. 

 

Photoshop pro is very expensive about $600.00 a year and as Brian said there is a big learning curve. You can get Photoshop elements for about $90.00 and older versions as low as $30.00

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If your camera will accept it, a polarizing filter can be used to remove the reflections before the photo is taken.  Check your camera manual for filter size.


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punching it up was a term my old boss used back in the day when i worked in graphic arts. If you dont look at the original you don't notice anything but in general the photo shows detail at both ends. On the bench the light caused a hot spot burning out the highlight detail and where the tools are sticking up detail was lost in shadow.  Step one is to pull as much detail as you can from both ends then punch it with contrast in the midtone. By looking back and forth between the two photos the corrected one looks sharper and cleaner in detail.

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If your camera will accept it, a polarizing filter can be used to remove the reflections before the photo is taken.  Check your camera manual for filter size.

 

that is correct and in the day i relied heavy on filters. As Photoshop got better and better and i got better at using it just about anything i wanted to do i could do in Photoshop.


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Photoshop pro is very expensive about $600.00 a year and as Brian said there is a big learning curve. You can get Photoshop elements for about $90.00 and older versions as low as $30.00

One note in Photoshop prices.  Adobe has changed their pricing structure - you can now get Photoshop CC (their latest name for Photoshop Pro) and Lightroom in a bundle for about $10 per month.  This finally made me jump in - mostly to support my astrophotography hobby, which requires extensive post-processing and 32-bit RAW capability.  If all you are using it for is to crop and adjust exposure levels for photos posted to your build log, it might be better to stick to something less difficult to learn.

 

Bob


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One note in Photoshop prices.  Adobe has changed their pricing structure - you can now get Photoshop CC (their latest name for Photoshop Pro) and Lightroom in a bundle for about $10 per month.  This finally made me jump in - mostly to support my astrophotography hobby, which requires extensive post-processing and 32-bit RAW capability.  If all you are using it for is to crop and adjust exposure levels for photos posted to your build log, it might be better to stick to something that less difficult to learn.

Bob

 

i have no problem with Photoshop i have been using it from the beginning. Before Photoshop there was Scitex where i learned prepress photo retouching. 

 

and yes the first Scitex systems were this big. They took up and entire room.

 

 

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I bought Adobe Elements and that is good enough for me.  And it is a lot cheaper.

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