Photoshop – Amazing Yet So Evil

The Amazing CurseAs a photographer there’s nothing more I enjoy than going out to take pictures and to see other people enjoy them too. It makes the feeling of tiredness after going out long hours to get maybe even one shot, the one shot that you like out of all the shots you take that day a great feeling.

But there’s a amazing curse when it comes to wanting your picture to be the best that you want it to be. That curse in particular is Adobe, more importantly that curse is PHOTOSHOP.

This single piece of software that has been crafted by some amazing people has not only brought some spectacular new innovations when it comes to editing pictures, but made it possible to turn even a dull picture into something truly jaw dropping.

But I fear that as the years go on, this software will be the reason anyone goes out to take pictures any more… Just so that the editor or photographer can sit down at their computer and make a picture into something it’s not. Like change it so that it makes your mind think something is at a location when it is not. Or make you believe that you’re going to see an amazing phenomenon of a location, person, building, etc… When in reality it could be nothing more than a fake dream of a picture.

As much as I like or even love Photoshop for the wonders it can bring to the table in terms of photography. I just think that we could be relying on it too much in the near future… But that’s just my opinion.

 

Got Mail!

Today I received my new Canon 60D in the post to of which I was very much excited to open up!

First impressions? Well being as I’ve already had a go with another 60D in one of my YouTube videos, you can get the details there.

But opening a new camera out the box for the first time is quite a happy feeling, getting the first look at your new camera, taking off the wrapping to all of the stuff inside, that new smell. It just makes buying new stuff very worth while. Obviously it doesn’t make it worth while just to have a quick whiff of a new smell but you know what I mean (hopefully).

Just waiting upon an SD card to come in the post and I’ll be giving you guys some test shots and videos. So stay tuned and check it out soon.

Settled for less? No.

Settled for less?

Today was an important day for me as I have just bought a new Canon 60D. I was originally going to buy a 7D but as money got in the way and time I decided a 60D was the best choice. But all is not lost with this camera for I have some good points.

Firstly is that the 60D and 7D share the same sensor at 18MP.

Secondly the 60D has a flip out screen which is great for videos!

Thirdly the 60D was cheaper by nearly £200! ($334.90)

So all in all, hope is not lost but become stronger. Can’t wait to receive the 60D and get doing what I love the most. Photography.

Starting Out (The Beginners Way)

Back when I started doing photography (all be it only two years ago but still) I didn’t have lots of money for a camera, lens, bag and the rest… But I got what I could afford at the time. And when I look back on the stuff I have bought and used, I often think that those things were the best bits of money I’ve ever spent. 

Those things taught me a lot about photography and how to use them to there full potential. It also gave me an understanding about being grateful for having the proper equipment and the money to afford that equipment too.

The best things for beginners is stuff like welding glass for ND filters, some string on the neck strap mounting points and standing on it for extra stability, using simple coloured plastic to add effect to some photos. And the possibilities are endless.

All in all, the best things you learn about photography are the things you can do with a little. 

Canon’s New Lenses!

Canon's New Lenses!

Canon has launched two brand new lenses for their EOS range. The first one being a 16-35mm L lens. And the other one being a 10-18mm.

The L lens is rumoured to be the one that replaces the awesome predecessor 17-40mm L. Coming in at around $1200. Hopefully this lens will correct the issues that were on the 17-40mm like distortion and lens flare. But with all wide angle lenses, distortion comes with them. It can’t be helped really but it’ll be amazing if they can do it! This lens was designed with full frame sensors in mind.

And on the other end of the scale we have the 10-18mm. This lens is rumoured to be replacing the 10-22mm lens which is expensive. At around $300 that incredible for such a wide angle lens! But this lens is designed for crop framed sensors and for more the people on a budget most probably.

It helps to have a good computer

Now I don’t know about anyone else but it sure helps to have a fast, reliable computer/laptop/tablet or whatever you use. I’ve been using an old Dell Latitude D430 for a few years now because I got given it for free and I don’t have any money for a new one. This particular laptop is how should I put it…… Shit!

In fairness to the laptop, its intentional purpose was not to be editing photos or videos or to run fast at all with god awful vista.

The point I’m trying to make is that if you have a good laptop then it helps. The screen is sharper, colours are more accurate and the reliability is much greater. Importing photos can be a lot quicker, photoshop (or anything else you use) is much faster. Less time troubleshooting and more time producing top quality work!

Over Kill Maybe?

So today I was at a small rugby event and there was presentations and stuff. Some photographers came to take some group photos of the teams and one big group photo.

So the first photographer pulls out a Canon 5D Mark 3 with about 4 L lenses and a flash on the bracket.

The second photographer pulls out a Canon 7D with two L lenses. And didn’t take any photos.

And the third photographer was just stood there holding his Canon 5D mark 2.

Pointless maybe?

Photography out of this world!