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Sunday
Jul122009

SCL Photo Podcast 53 - Victor From The Inverted Image

SCL PodcastAt last, a chat with Victor W from Flickr and The Inverted Image.

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Victors Links

The Inverted Image.

Victors Flickr Photostream.

Photo: Look For The Light.

Photo: Homunculus - explained.

Photo: Kestrel Barn.

Photo: Rainbow Smoke.

Thanks again to Victor for taking the time to come on the Podcast, and for being a great inspiration and teacher!

Up for grabs: One of three great Ilford Black and White 35mm Films, Minolta X-300s Film SLR with a 45mm F2.0 Lens, and a Beirette Viewfinder 35mm Camera, complete with a Stitz Light-Meter.

To get your name in the hat, head on over to the Podcast Page, and leave a comment, or fire up iTunes, find the SCL Podcast, write a quick review, then email me (scalespeeder@gmail.com) with the name you used. Or do both to double your chances!

I'll draw the winners in a couple of weeks, good luck!

Cheers, Rob.
Monday
Jul062009

Double Murder In Gosport, Hants, UK

Sunday
Jul052009

SCL Photo Podcast 52 - Camera and Film Give-Away!

SCL PodcastWe've come a long way... but we're not quite sure where we've been!

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New Photo Assignment: "The Finished Article".

Up for grabs: One of three great Ilford Black and White 35mm Films, Minolta X-300s Film SLR with a 45mm F2.0 Lens, and a Beirette Viewfinder 35mm Camera, complete with a Stitz Light-Meter.
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To get your name in the hat, head on over to the Podcast Page, and leave a comment, or fire up iTunes, find the SCL Podcast, write a quick review, then email me (scalespeeder@gmail.com) with the name you used. Or do both to double your chances!

I'll draw the winners in a couple of weeks, good luck!

Cheers, Rob.
Saturday
Jul042009

Using The Masks Feature In Noise Ninja

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Noise Ninja, the noise reduction software and plug-in for Photoshop and Elements, is great, but an often over-looked feature is it's ability to apply a mask to the noise filter. You may want to prevent NN from touching parts of the image to avoid loosing texture and detail.

It's incredibly easy to do, so if you're using, or thinking about using, Noise Ninja, have a practice and pretty soon you'll become more selective on the areas of your photographs that you'll let Noise Ninja filter for noise.

To start off, load an image into Photoshop or Elements, then fire up Noise Ninja, "Filter", "Picturecode", "Noise Ninja".

Before we start masking, it may help to increase the size of the preview frame - in NN, "Noise Ninja", "Preferences" then click the "Other" tab, and choose a bigger preview Window size.

Now click the "Noise Brush" tab, and take a look at the buttons:

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What we're going to be doing is painting a mask in the preview pane, in effect stopping NN from changing the pixels behind the mask. You can change the size and hardness of your brush, look at the original pixels, see the mask, erase parts of your mask, or "Erase Mask" and start again.

In my image, I don't want NN to work on the road, which is naturally "Noisy", so I choose a large brush and simply paint over the road in the photograph. Easy.

Once you're done, just click OK, the Noise Filter will be applied (as will your mask) and you'll be sent back to Photoshop to finish your editing.

Have a play, experiment, and learn to get more out of Noise Ninja!

Cheers, Rob.

PS You could of course get a similar effect by duplicating your image on a different layer, applying NN to one of the layers, adding a layer mask, and then by "painting in / out" the NN filter.
Friday
Jul032009

Just One More Great Podcast To Listen To.... Lensflare35

Okay. It won't be the last "New" Podcast recommendation, 'cos I'm addicted to them, but this really is rather good.

This one is called "Lensflare35", it's hosted by Dave Warner, and already he's had such great guests as Rosh Sillars, Rick Sammon and Sandra Pearce. It purports to be "all about Canon", but there's no hard-sell here, and the talk is all very interesting and informative.

Less of me, why not get yourselves on over to Lensflare35.com, check it out, and make sure you subscribe!

Cheers, Rob.