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NEW **RULES*LINKS*TUTORIALS*ETC!** (all info)

As our board is growing, we need to implement a few guidelines!

As always, please refer to the Pregnancy.org Guidelines for any question regarding posts here at pregnancy.org.

Updated Guidelines (April 2007)

NEW Posting Guidelines!!

1. You may post as many images from a series, but please pick your best one for C/C. This will help you to get more C/C from others on the board. For instance, I might post 4 photos. I'll put the one I want C/Ced at the top. And then for the rest of the images, I'll post "and a few others from the set".

2. When asking for C/C, you must dsiplay your settings with that image. This will help others tell you what you might do differently, and also help people see what settings are good in certain situations. Other things to add: Lighting Conditions, White Balance, RAW format, any PP done.

3. When giving a C/C: If you state something negative or positive, please explain why you feel that way, what bugs you about it, etc. When posting something negative, please be sure to follow up with something positive. Lastly, C/C does not mean "good job!", "I love it", etc. If you love it, FANTASTIC! But please explain what you love about it. It's really not hard to C/C. PAy attention to the details and it will come to you!!

If you are stuck on trying to give C/C, please feel free to use this guide:

Two things I like about photo #__ are:
Two things I think could improve photo #__ are:

4. The Challenges. These challenges are meant to challenge you to capture an image for the topic that is during that week. If your image was taken prior to two weeks of the current challenge, it will not be added to the poll. If you have an image that suits the challenge, please feel free to share it in a new post! For the COTW, please submit only one (And your best) image for the poll! One image per challenge!

5. Sharing. Not all images require C/C. But please be aware that as we are all learning and practicing at different paces, your images are probably being critiqued. Honestly, I don't post one image that I don't want C/C for. Why? Because I know that I can do better. I want to knowwhat you see that I don't (especially if I've been staring into the monitor for hours). Please don't be offended if someone offers critique on your images, even if you didn't ask for it!

Photography Board Posting Guidelines

1. Photo Sizing: Please make sure that the photos you wish to share are sized properly. We may have some members that have dial-up and viewing larger photos may take a long time. Please make sure your photos are no larger than 800x600. If you wish to share a larger photo, please provide a link to it.

2. Comment and Critique (C&C): When giving comment and critique, please do so in a courteous manner. A lot of us here are learning the basics of photography and many photos may not be as good as others. We are all here to learn and gain knowledge from each other. Offer what you may have done differently so that the original poster can learn what might make a better shot. Please leave positive feed back as well! A good example of Comment and Critique (C&C): “I love the way the light is hitting the subjects hair. But his face looks a little OOF (out of focus) to me. Try focusing on one eye the next time.” We have all different levels of photographers here and once again, we are all here to learn and share with each other! If you are the photographer being critiqued, please do not be offended! If you have asked for C&C, you may get some pretty straightforward and honest critique. It is meant to help you learn!

3. Photo Editing: When posting your photos, please include PTE (Permission To Edit) if you don’t mind that people edit your photos. If you feel you want to edit someone’s photo who does not have PTE in their post, please contact them before posting your version to the site.

4. Posting: When posting multiple photos, please include the term PIC HEAVY in the subject line. Also, please number your photos, as it will help when someone wants to offer comment. Please use good judgment when posting photos (i.e no raunchy or controversial photos). Please be courteous at all times (remember the Golden Rule).
The Photography Board is meant for Photography and to help you learn the craft. If you wish to share a snapshot of your kiddos, please post "snapshot" or "SS" in the subject so we know what we are looking at Smile

5. Copyrights: All images posted are copyrighted to their respective owners. If you are sharing a photo that is not your own, please give the person credit for it. If you do not it is a violation of copyright! If possible, link to the photo you are wishing to share.

6. If you have anything you'd like to add or any ideas to help keep our board active and growing, please contact Sarah (DuckieHeart) or myself.

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Abbreviations you may see used on this forum:

AE - Auto Exposure
AF - Auto focus
AP - Aperture Priority
B&W - Black and White
C&C - Comment and Critique
DOF - Depth of Field
FOV - Field of View
IQ - Image Quality
MF - Manual Focus
OOF - Out of Focus
OP - Original Poster
PP - Post Processing (editing digital images)
PS - Photoshop
PSE - Photoshop Elements
PSP - Paintshop Pro
PTE - Permission To Edit
SOOC - Straight Out Of Camera (no editing done to photo)
SP - Shutter Priority
SS - Snapshot(s)
WB - White Balance

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Since we have a few beginners here, I thought I'd add some links I found useful when going to DSLR.
If anyone else has any to offer, please PM Sarah, Britt or I and we'll get them in this thread!

Photography Information and Tutorials
http://burnsautoparts.com/BAPsite/Manuals_files/lowballers.pdf
http://burnsautoparts.com/BAPsite/Manuals_files/CODB.pdf
http://super.nova.org/DPR/#TOC
http://photoinf.com/
http://www.paragon-press.com/lens/lenchart.htm
http://morguefile.com/archive/classroom.php
http://www.photocourse.com/
http://www.photocourse.com/multimedia.htm
http://www.shortcourses.com/software/index.html
http://bestphotolessons.com/
http://www.webphotoschool.com/
What Every Aspiring Photographer Should Know(click it)
http://epaperpress.com/psphoto/index.html
http://asp.photo.free.fr/Composition/photoProgramCompMainClass.shtml
http://www.planetneil.com
http://www.strobist.com
http://photospot2004.blogspot.com/2004/11/understanding-metering.html
http://photonotes.org/dictionary/
www.tamarahart.com/aperture
http://www.camerasinteractive.com/home.php#
http://www.photokaboom.com/photography/learn/printing/calculators/both_calculators_frame.htm *Enter your file information and it will calculate your picture size!*

Photoshop Tutorials
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/command_primer.shtml
http://www.planetphotoshop.com/
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=thelittlephotoshop
betterphoto.com How To Remove Color Cast
Polarizing Your Images
http://klinetimes.com/tutorials/
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/
http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/black-and-white-photoshop.html
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm
http://www.radiantvista.com/archive/video_tutorials/6/
http://dgrin.smugmug.com/How-To/143180
http://myjanee.home.insightbb.com/tutorials.htm
http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=441757&seqNum=2&rl=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORM6AZY19pw

Plug-ins/Actions
http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tools/actions.html#Photoshop-Actions-ACTION-CENTRAL
http://thepluginsite.com/
www.optikvervelabs.com/
http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/photoshop-tools.htm
http://www.atncentral.com/download.htm
http://www.redpawmedia.com
http://www.xero-graphics.co.uk
http://www.flamingpear.com/redirect.html
Curves Plug-in for Elements

Books
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
Scott Kelby Books(click it)

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Please advertise our board by adding this blinkie to your siggy!

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Digital Camera Simulator

http://www.photonhead.com/simcam/

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Tutorials Sticky

I will get this stickied for now...once we get our mod powers back I will add these to one of the other stickies.

Basics of Exposure

Composition

Catchlights

Black and White Photography

Using your Histogram

Fixing Color Casts

Skin Softening and Eye Pop

Layers and Layer Masks

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O and here is the one for Fixing Color Cast.... (you can't find this one in the search for some reason)

http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=68116

This is such a great idea! It took me forever to track down all of them so it would be so nice to have them all in one spot.

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What camera should I get?

This question is asked often...and I understand why....it is a BIG purchase, you want to make sure you do it right!

The two, most well known camera manufactures are Nikon and Canon. Some of the up and coming companies are Sony, Olympus, and Pentax. While they have all had a good market with the p&s's, they are just recently making a name for themselves with DSLR's.

There are four markets with DSLR's (some may put the cameras in different categories, these are just my thoughts). Entry level (Nikon D40, D50, the upcoming D60, Canon Rebel XT, XTi, the upcoming XSi), mid-level (Nikon D70, D70s, D80, Canon 20D, 30D), pro-sumer (Nikon D200, D300, Canon 40D, 5D) and the pro line (Nikon D3, Canon Mark series)

Unless you are going pro, the first two categories should serve you well.

Everyone will have a reason they love their camera....you can't go wrong with your choices provided you actually go in a store and hold them in your hand. What is most important is how the camera feels in YOUR hands.

Also, please check www.dpreview.com to compare cameras. This is the best, non-biased site I have found.

Finally, check out the roll call to see what everyone has. While it truly is 90% the photographer that takes the great pictures, it does not hurt to see what everyone else is shooting with.

If anyone else has anything to add, please do so.

PLEASE, keep this thread a factual thread rather than, "I love my Nikon" or "I love my Canon".

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"danni1" wrote:

I'm getting the Canon 40D very soon, and i thought it was next level up from my Xti. Very please to see it's pro-sumer.

Where does the 5D stand in these levels?

Your a gem Britt.

ooops...how did I forget the 5D????

oh, and like I said...I made those classifications myself...lol But yeah, I would say the 40D is beyond the xti

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NEW **RULES*LINKS*TUTORIALS*ETC!** (all info)

I'm using PS CS2 but it should work in any version, elements too I assume. Really simple, not much is different to the usual method but I'll lay it all out for those who have no idea on any of it. If you are using a watermark more like a logo stamped in a corner it's not so useful but for places where you want a mark that doesn't stop you from seeing the photo it's good.

Open a new doc. 2500 pixels wide at 72dpi, any height you like, best to start big and just not use all the space I chose 2500x1000(and should have used more of the height). Make sure you have a transparent background

Use the marquee tool to make a rectangle going right across the middle and fill it with black

Use white to place your text/logo in a new layer so it should look like this (except with your text lol):

Merge the visible layers (don't flatten or you'll lose the transparent background) and select everything white with the magic wand tool (click something white, right click and choose similar to get it all). If you have some parts above or below the black strip like I do you'll need to make them black. With the white selected you can easily do this with a soft brush (so it sort of fades in - use a hard brush if you prefer a definite transition). So it now looks like this:

Deselect and use the magic wand tool to get just the white selected again and delete it so you're left with a black image on a transparent background with the text/logo punched out.

Go to edit > define brush preset > give it a name and it'll be saved at the bottom of your brush list.

to use it open your photo make a new layer, select the brush, adjust the size to suit the image (the biggest you can make a brush is 2500px so if it is wider than that it won't reach side to side) and stamp it on (it'll be the foreground colour you have selected) reduce the opacity of the layer to suit taste and flatten the image.

I made this one a bit small (it is 2500px wide but only about 400 high) so you may want to make yours taller but you can always make the brush wider than the image to make it look bigger. On this image (DH's just had it open in PS already- I do all of his editing) I used the actual size at the bottom (with the brush at the same width as the image (533 px)) and one with the brush at 800px at the top, both in white and reduced the layer opacity to 35%, I'd usually lower it a little more but depends on how I plan on using the image.

If you want yours to be easier to read make it taller and use a bigger font.

HTH

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How about what does "JMK" stand for? and "sb"?