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09/11/2016 02:06:26 AM · #1
Judi, thank you so much for this tutorial. You're number one in my books. Keep up the good work. -Susie-
06/15/2012 03:02:33 AM · #2
Originally posted by larryp:

Judi, I watched this some time back and never made an account to comment. I found this lesson back when I was trying hdr at first. Great video, ty taking the time to share what you have learned with the rest of the us.


Thankyou Larry. I have always enjoyed trying to help people in this industry. I am pleased that you found it educational and of some help in your endeavour.
06/15/2012 02:19:07 AM · #3
Judi, I watched this some time back and never made an account to comment. I found this lesson back when I was trying hdr at first. Great video, ty taking the time to share what you have learned with the rest of the us.
02/21/2012 01:55:21 PM · #4
Originally posted by gerdez:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:



ETA: Oh man, horrible Necro-bump! Nathan, how could you!?

Just to offer a counterpoint, I would suggest for your consideration that "straight" photography ...


OK, I admit I'm a rookie and I may have misconceptions about what photography is. I just expressed my point of view, with no intent to offend anyone. Sorry if I did.

As a beginner, learning by myself, I was always amazed by shots different people took and I just didn't seem to understand how they get those shots out of their camera. I thought it was because they used different techniques that I wasn't aware of and filters/lenses that I don't have at hand. I knew that digital photography involves Photoshop, I just never imagined that it's used to this extent. Now, as I watched this tutorial I felt like the kid who found out that there is no Santa. That's why I said what I said in my first post.


Don't be discouraged. As others have said, sure, Ps does play an important role, as it is the digital darkroom. As Robert noted, the manipulation of photos has been going on forever. Check out Jerry Uelsmann's work, which is largely film, and you'll see what I mean.
Having said that, it is PERFECTLY possible to get great output from your camera. I, and many others, would argue that knowing what you HAVE, and what you're ABLE to do and how to push that are more beneficial. In fact, while Judi does edit heavily, it should be noted that she still knows exactly what the output of each photo is and the piece of the puzzle that they will fit. Knowing your gear is integral, and there are almost always ways of getting around the "need" to buy more expensive equipment. Does better equipment and all that junk make things easier? Sure, but don't think that there aren't ways to do that on the cheap. Know how your output will look, and how that will later be transformed into your final product is the most important part.
The only thing to be said is that yes, no matter which avenue you take, it will take time, loads of effort, and loads of dedication.

Message edited by author 2012-02-21 13:56:29.
02/21/2012 01:11:00 PM · #5
Just checked their site and it is NOT compatible with CS5/64-bit
02/21/2012 06:52:02 AM · #6
I love Virtual Photographer, but I can't seem to get it to install on Photoshop CS5. I had it back when I had CS3. Can anyone help me out here? How do I get it installed?????

I've got windows 7: Home Premium.
05/27/2010 08:36:58 AM · #7
what kind of photoshop you used that? thanks.. nice tutorial
06/20/2009 09:42:40 PM · #8
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by Judi:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

My only complaint here is I can't hear the voice-over, being deaf, so the tutorial is not as fulfilling for me as it is for the rest of you. But it seems very well done.

R.


Thanks Bear...and everyone else. I have been following this discussion with intent. Curious to see what would come of it...and also what opinions came forth without me butting in.

I do apologise for not including a written tutorial as yet...but as I said earlier in the thread I just have to get a couple of major jobs out of the way and then I intend to put one together for Langdon to put with the tut.

I hope that helps.

Cheers

J

Interestingly, I don't watch videos because my stupid old computer's sound card isn't working, so I can't hear it either. You might look into closed-captioning your video; and it might be possible to capture and transcribe the audio from the existing video using Dragon Naturally Speaking or comparable dictation software. David Pogue of the NY Times mentioned it this week as one of his "keys to being productive", and coincidentally(?) I got an email notice of it being on sale.


Oooh...thanks heaps for that General. I will look into that for future tuts.
06/20/2009 09:14:36 PM · #9
Originally posted by Judi:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

My only complaint here is I can't hear the voice-over, being deaf, so the tutorial is not as fulfilling for me as it is for the rest of you. But it seems very well done.

R.


Thanks Bear...and everyone else. I have been following this discussion with intent. Curious to see what would come of it...and also what opinions came forth without me butting in.

I do apologise for not including a written tutorial as yet...but as I said earlier in the thread I just have to get a couple of major jobs out of the way and then I intend to put one together for Langdon to put with the tut.

I hope that helps.

Cheers

J

Interestingly, I don't watch videos because my stupid old computer's sound card isn't working, so I can't hear it either. You might look into closed-captioning your video; and it might be possible to capture and transcribe the audio from the existing video using Dragon Naturally Speaking or comparable dictation software. David Pogue of the NY Times mentioned it this week as one of his "keys to being productive", and coincidentally(?) I got an email notice of it being on sale.
06/20/2009 08:18:52 PM · #10
Just want to let you know this tutorial is still helping people learn! It was really great and I hope you continue more video tutorials (yes I've watched the other one). Everyone else should do videos too cause I'm lazy and actually learn better from example and it's easier to understand.
03/06/2008 09:50:45 PM · #11

I found her tutorial most informative.... and now want to try out the method! She is concise and detailed enough to hold your interest, without losing one's attention.... does not drone on.... I loke her style! I appreciate the gratuit tutorials, as I am a senior and need to watch every penny I spend on 'extras'... Many thanks, Jeudi D.
11/17/2007 05:53:42 PM · #12
Fantastic. I have enjoyed with it. Can anybody tell me how to download the video to watch it without Internet connexion?

:)
09/29/2007 11:51:43 AM · #13
Wow, thank you for the great tutorial! :D
09/15/2007 04:44:11 PM · #14
For the record...I uploaded the written version of this tutorial a couple of weeks ago. Langdon has been a little busy...so please wait people. Langdon will put it on the same page shortly.

One of us will advise in this thread when it is up.
09/15/2007 04:27:42 PM · #15
Originally posted by Bear_Music:



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My only complaint here is I can't hear the voice-over, being deaf, so the tutorial is not as fulfilling for me as it is for the rest of you. But it seems very well done.

R.


This is an important point to remember, even though its more work for those creating the Tutorials in these cases.
09/15/2007 03:44:19 PM · #16
Well.....lol (head in hands). I had a go at this type of shot today.

1) The hdr image came out pants
2) The final product wasnt even close to the quality of yours (not that i expected it to)

However.... Put my macro on and took a shot of a spider with which i began to use the layer masks as you explained and really got to grips with that. So im chuffed, again not great quality but i got the idea.

Thankyou!

Nick

09/15/2007 05:36:53 AM · #17
Originally posted by gerdez:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:


It's never too late to change careers. Best of luck to you. :D

thank you, but in my opinion this is not art ... but then this is a free world, so I can speak my mind, don't I?

I'm not a photo artist, I admit, but I bet till I get 40 I'll know enough to get that damn shot out of the camera as I want, without having to spend 20 minutes on applying filters in photoshop. Maybe some levels, exposure correction and a color cast.. but that's all.


Hi gerdez, you consider yourself not to be a photo artist, I disagree with that, and I disagree with your opinion that judis's PP isn't art also. Wikipedia's defenition states Art to be a (product of) human activity, made with the intention of stimulating the human senses as well as the human mind and/or spirit; thus art is an action, an object, or a collection of actions and objects created with the intention of transmitting emotions and/or ideas. Beyond this description, there is no general agreed-upon definition of art, since defining the boundaries of “art” is subjective, but the impetus for art is often called human creativity.

You may not be of the callibre of say, leonardo da vinci, but hey don't sell yourself short, if it rock's your boat, sod what anyone else thinks, but its generally good manners to respect the work of others whether you like it or not!

Keep up the good work judi! and thanks for that tutorial, much appreciated. I only wish I had a fraction of your artistic capability!
09/15/2007 04:32:22 AM · #18
Thanks Judi just reading this has helped me considerably and although i think i have the idea it just needs ALOT of practice!

You make it look sooooo easy. Going to have a go at taking a shot today and following the tutorial through to see what mine turns out like......Dredd to think.

Now going to watch it again.

Thanks again

Nick
09/14/2007 04:43:21 PM · #19
Originally posted by Tanny:

Hmm, loved the tutorial apart from one bit where i get stumped :(

The part where you apply the masked areas, for the life of me i cant understand how you mask the certain areas and bring them in?

I can get the white boxes there but havent a clue how to mask areas within the white boxes. Sorry but i am still very much learning the art of PS anyone explain this for me?

Very interesting tutorial though!!


Okay...I go through that area quite a bit in the tutorial. You have the white mask to start with. Make sure the mask is active...that is...the mask on the layer palette has a white border and the layer itself on the layer palette is showing blue. Now you can use a black brush and paint straight onto the image, like I do in a couple of areas in that tut. And that will hide portions of that layer. Remember...black hides...white shows that portion of that layer.

OR

You can flood fill the mask with black ...make sure your foreground colour is black first.... by clicking on the image and then using a white brush to paint the areas of that mask that you want to show.

Let me know how you go...I may do another tut next week based on that.
09/14/2007 02:15:41 PM · #20
Hmm, loved the tutorial apart from one bit where i get stumped :(

The part where you apply the masked areas, for the life of me i cant understand how you mask the certain areas and bring them in?

I can get the white boxes there but havent a clue how to mask areas within the white boxes. Sorry but i am still very much learning the art of PS anyone explain this for me?

Very interesting tutorial though!!
08/29/2007 02:25:30 AM · #21
Awesome tutorial Judi.... I just love to see the work flow other people use and pick up new tips and ideas..... Thank you for sharing!
08/29/2007 02:13:14 AM · #22
Originally posted by gerdez:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:


A bit abrasive for your first post here.......

So, welcome to DPC. :)


Yes, I see it's a friendly community, and I joined a week ago I think, and yes that was my first post, but I just couldn't shut up on this one. I mean, photography is about putting your soul into the shot, to get it right, to show the world what you see, not to put a lot of Photoshop in it. Sorry if my opinion offended someone.

Thanx for the welcome.


Befor I say anything.
Welcome to DPC.

Many ways your views are close to my views on photography.
But ...

Don't you think that art is to have an open mind to other's peoples ideas. Art is also to accept the ways and things which normally accepted out of way.
Whether what Judi presented is true art or not. Its a way of doing things. We shall be open to it and welcome it.

08/29/2007 01:58:00 AM · #23
Originally posted by Bear_Music:


Just to offer a counterpoint, I would suggest for your consideration that "straight" photography ...


OK, I admit I'm a rookie and I may have misconceptions about what photography is. I just expressed my point of view, with no intent to offend anyone. Sorry if I did.

As a beginner, learning by myself, I was always amazed by shots different people took and I just didn't seem to understand how they get those shots out of their camera. I thought it was because they used different techniques that I wasn't aware of and filters/lenses that I don't have at hand. I knew that digital photography involves Photoshop, I just never imagined that it's used to this extent. Now, as I watched this tutorial I felt like the kid who found out that there is no Santa. That's why I said what I said in my first post.

Message edited by author 2007-08-29 02:00:59.
08/29/2007 12:18:39 AM · #24
Judi,

I am SO GRATEFUL for this tutorial.

Once again I want to THANK YOU for your generosity with your skills.

From one who admires - I am always so keen to be allowed to watch the masters at work.

You are a GEM!

Lisa
08/28/2007 11:50:57 PM · #25
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by gerdez:


Yes, I see it's a friendly community, and I joined a week ago I think, and yes that was my first post, but I just couldn't shut up on this one. I mean, photography is about putting your soul into the shot, to get it right, to show the world what you see, not to put a lot of Photoshop in it. Sorry if my opinion offended someone.


Just to offer a counterpoint, I would suggest for your consideration that "straight" photography, as you describe it, while it is indeed a wonderful and satisfying skill, is arguably less of an "art" than visualizing something like what Judi "saw" in this scene, and using tools of artistic expression (in this case, camera + photoshop + photomatix) to achieve that vision.

She and i are on the same page with images like this; there's a wonderful, creative freedom available in being able to use the mind's eye to create art from reality, and the camera as a tool along the way, not being limited to what the camera is able to do in its native rendering.

And this, of course, has been going on long before digital. Because I once worked with him, I use Ansel Adams as an example; many of his most famous and striking images bear only a superficial resemblance to what a tourist with a Kodak and some plus-x film could accomplish, in the same place and at the same time. His skills in previsualization and post-processing were legendary.

There's certainly room for all approaches.

**************

My only complaint here is I can't hear the voice-over, being deaf, so the tutorial is not as fulfilling for me as it is for the rest of you. But it seems very well done.

R.


Thanks Bear...and everyone else. I have been following this discussion with intent. Curious to see what would come of it...and also what opinions came forth without me butting in.

I do apologise for not including a written tutorial as yet...but as I said earlier in the thread I just have to get a couple of major jobs out of the way and then I intend to put one together for Langdon to put with the tut.

I hope that helps.

Cheers

J
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