I just got in a couple hours ago from a 6.5 mile walk with Neil through Windsor Park. We packed sandwiches, dressed warm, broke in new walking boots and sported fancy telescopic walking sticks. You can safely assume that the cameras were not left at the flat…
Armed with my trusty Sony Cybershot DSC-P41, (it’s only 4.1 mega pixel, but pretty good nonetheless), I snapped over 100 photos during our leisurely excursion. Some good, many bad, but all necessary, as with the advent of digital cameras, why not take more photos than you need… you can always delete them later. 🙂
Today’s weather was cold, sometimes sunny, and often times overcast. This poses a tricky issue when using a camera, and with digital you can get this nasty fuzzy effect called “noise.” Photoshop can help on it’s own and there are plenty of techniques in dozens of books and websites tutoring you on how to achieve cleaner results with the flawed image. I found a cool Photoshop Plug-In a few weeks ago that truly did something that no other I’d seen was achieving. I read about it at Creative Pro, (I get their newsletter), and decided to demo it. It was mighty impressive. It’s called Neat Image, by ABSoft. We ended up buying a two-seat license for it this week. Here’s a sample of the Auto Profile correction I generated with one click in the main dialogue. (I can store this profile and apply it to more images I shoot with my model of camera.)
Here’s a section at 100 percent:
Notice the clock face, the sky… nice cleanup on flat surfaces but leaving the detail of the building itself intact. And this is completely set to automatic- just think what I can do when I really tweak it!
Go check out the links above for the Creative Pro review and for the Neat Image site. This software is nearly frighteningly customisable with it’s settings and certainly provides impressive image clean up when you need to correct noise or sharpening matters, be they subtle requests or dramatic.
I’ll share some photos from my recent adventures when I get geeky tomorrow… (I likely won’t clean up the ones I share here- but will for any I may decide to print.)