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Durham, UK

Posts Tagged ‘Photoshop Elements’

Canon Lens Auto Focus Accuracy – Part 2

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Having set my mind at rest in Part 1 that my new lens wasn’t totally dodgy, I set about trying to make it even better.  In fact, I decided to repeat the process on all three of my main lenses. (more…)

Canon Lens Auto Focus Accuracy – Part 1

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Back in May I wrote about the new Canon 70-200mm f4 L IS lens I had chosen and my reasons for making the choice I did.  After taking it out on a few non-critical sessions I haven’t been blown away by its sharpness – it’s good, but perhaps not quite as crisp as I was hoping for.  I started wondering if this was down to my unrealistic expectation or if there was something wrong with the lens.

Then one day I was out on the riverbanks in Durham and saw a heron fishing in the shallows.  I was a bit far away, but thought I’d grab a few frames just for interest.  Reviewing the shots I’d just taken zoomed in on the camera’s LCD, the heron was clearly blurred even though I was absolutely certain I had auto-focused on the body (I was too far away to pick up the eye which I would normally aim for).  What was more, the detail in the background was sharp – and it was consistent, shot after shot.  Suddenly I panicked – did my new lens have a serious back-focus problem?

Grey Heron

The shot that started it: after default sharpening in Capture One, this Heron still looked soft while background details look sharp (100% crop)


Adding Film Grain in Photoshop

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

I’ve been working on a photo I took recently and came across a tutorial which I found useful in adding a film-type grain to a black & white image.  I can’t vouch for the site or its authors, but if you want some help with this technique this could be a good place to start – PhotoshopTutorials.

I applied this in Photoshop Elements using Elements+ from  For $12 (at the time of writing), this add-in for Elements gives rudimentary access to curves, 6-channel black & white conversion and Smart filters, amongst other tools.   I decided to get this after trying the demo and while it doesn’t unlock a full version of PS5, you would hardly expect it to for the money!  I haven’t tested it fully, and anyone reading this should use it at their own risk, but it seems to offer some additional functions that I might have been missing.  If you’re looking to add some power to Elements but can’t (or won’t) cough up for a full version of Photoshop, this might be worth a look.

Scottish Fellwalk – post processing workflow

Friday, October 8th, 2010

In an earlier post, I wrote about a shoot I did in August on Ben A’an in the Trossachs.  In this post I’m going to walk through my processing workflow on the Ben Ledi image which I showed you.  Details after the jump…


Durham Cathedral and Memorial

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Well, last weekend didn’t go quite as planned.  I had hoped to get over to the Lake District on Sunday for my first hill walk of the year but the weather conspired against me.  I didn’t much fancy the advertised 80 mph gusts on the tops, especially when they were going to be covered in cloud anyway!  I would have tested my new bag system too, but that will have to wait for another day.   (more…)

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