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Shana Jo/A Mother's Soul 11:31pm, 23 July 2007
Hey! I just wanted to post an intro since I know absolutely none of you and we are all (or mostly all) local to each other. I'm Shana and I live in Superior with my family. I'm finishing up my Master's at Scholastica currently. I'm pretty new to photography as a very amateur photographer myself, but I have a life long appreciation of the art and I am eager to learn. I try to avoid doing much post processing on my pictures at this point as I like a more organic feel to my photographs, but I'm in the process of learning Gimp anyway and may eventually get myself Photoshop.

Anyway, "hi" to all!
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edgeways 11 years ago
Hi back... you should show up at this weeks meeting for a proper introduction.
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K. Praslowicz 11 years ago
And to recieve my lecture on why I think the "I don't post process" position is a weak one. ;)
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welcome. And there are so many others in the group that we have yet to meet. So welcome to them as well. Hope to see some of you on Wednesday 8pm The Brewhouse.
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Hi to everyone. I won't be able to make the meeting this month, but maybe next month.

Sjixxxy, talk to me about post processing. I'm curious as to your thoughts on this.

Also, does anyone here use Gimp or are you all Photoshop people?
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
Hi! I am a somewhat recent member to the group, myself and unfortunately have not been able to make a meeting yet -- the one tomorrow is no exception (Cats tickets.) I have been a "professional" (as a second career) for over 12 years and have recently restructured the business (in other words, closed the studio down and dropped my income in the red) to pursue personal work and start a commercial portfolio. I also teach full time. I shoot Nikon D200 and 4x5 film. What you see on my stream is a sampling of both.

Yes, Photoshop CS2 and my name is Brian. Glad to meet you.
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I use photoshop. i know that William Schwalbe used to use Gimp? Not sure if he does anymore. Just Karl might use the Gimp?
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My name is Shawn and I am an Alchoho..... Oh wait, wrong Group.
Welcome to the group!
I use Photoshop and also post process.
There are some great reasons to post process, you don't have to over do it and there are plenty of tools that allow you to replicate what can be done in a darkroom by film such as Dodging, Burning, Cropping, Lightening, Darkening, Exposure adjustments, etc...
Remember, Photoshop and Gimp are the digital darkroom and you shouldn't feel ashamed of using it.

"consumer digicams tend to produce images with high contrast and sharpness while higher-end models tend to be more conservative. It is a common misconception that every image needs to be post-processed. Depending on your camera’s settings and partly on your photographic ability, you may find that some pictures will look great right out of the camera. In such a case, there is no need to feel bad for not post-processing your images. However, it is far more likely that when you look through your photos you will see some that need straightening, lightening, higher saturation, red-eye reduction, sharpening, etc. This guide is designed to help you post-process your images with simple steps to produce impressive results."
Quote taken from www.anandtech.com/digitalcameras/showdoc.aspx?i=2380
Check out that link and follow the tutorials to get a feel of post processing without overdoing it.
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Thanks for the info, Shawn. I do some post processing such as cropping, lightening, straightening on occasion, and darkening, and I realize now that I was misleading in my previous post. that I don't do any. I do all of my PP in Google Picasa. What I don't want to do is completely alter coloring, exposure, etc. to the point of making it look like a completely different scene, if that makes sense. I am afraid of overdoing it, I guess. And I am also afraid of getting caught up in thinking that I can just rely on PP to make good pictures rather than really developing my skills. I see a lot of that on Flickr.

So much to think about and learn.
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edgeways 11 years ago
Even Ansel Adams used a lot of dodge and burn to achieve his remarkable photos. I think you are right in not want to mislead, but as long as things are upfront you should be able to do whatever you want. The problems arrive when the viewer is intentional misled for dubious purposes.
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What you see on Flickr is the horrendous over use of HDR. HDR when done right can show you as close as possible a rendition of how the photographer saw the scene. When over done, it looks way oversaturated and cartoony.

You are correct though, In camera skills are the most important, learning exposure, aperture, shutter speeds, Depth of Field, Metering, etc..
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