JohnBee

JohnBee

Lives in Zimbabwe Front of computer, Zimbabwe
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Joined on Jul 20, 2006
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Getting by one click at a time.

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On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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meanwhile: The field blur can be done far better, and easier, with other existing tools (just got a much better/natural result with brushing the blur in Aperture in a few minutes with that image for example, and I'm sure Lightroom would be similar). I think even Ps layers/masks and the existing blur tools would give easier and better results.

I think much of the issues surrounding this PS6 tool is that it does not seem to render accurate DOF effect(bokeh). And that the eye really seems to pick-up on this.

Having said that, there are a few third party tools that are very good at creating realistic and in some cases incredibly good bokeh effects though it seems limited to simple subject /plane relationships: http://www.squidoo.com/bokeh-photography

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 15:43 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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Rubenski: Post processing this will always look fake because you miss the graduality of shooting wide open. For me these kind of tools are only made for the big crowd that will never make a really good picture anyway.

Here's another example of the stunning bokeh effects that can be accomplished with DOF software: http://i.stack.imgur.com/a91zR.png

I've seen too many of these to fall for these PS6 samples. Though it does show that software solutions can be just as good as the optical solutions in some cases.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 15:36 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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Rubenski: Post processing this will always look fake because you miss the graduality of shooting wide open. For me these kind of tools are only made for the big crowd that will never make a really good picture anyway.

LOL right you are...
Luckily I was able to edit and correct that.

Thanks for pointing that out :p

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 15:33 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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Mescalamba: Did same ages ago (back in CS2) it looks fake no matter what you do. Rather save on CS6, buy latest LR for improved RAW development and buy yourself fast lens. Or course "how to take photos with shallow DOF".

Alien Skin Bokeh is very good at creating realistic DOF effects.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 15:29 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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MichaelK81: I'm sorry to be a downer, really, I am. But these two are awful. The faux bokeh in the dog photo just screams "shopped". If you really wanted to do it right, the dog should've been selected with lasso, selection fine-tuned, foreground+background done on separate layers, and maybe after 20 minutes of PS work you'd get a real-looking bokeh. Nevermind difficult depths of field with multiple objects.

There have been bokeh plug-ins around, so I certainly welcome Adobe including this neat little feature in PS. I just think it's very limited with respect to the kinds of photos where it can be effectively utilized.

The flower picture is a better example, but even there the blur bleeds off on the sides of the bottom flower. It's meticulous work, no doubt.

I've found some software to be much better at this than others. And Photoshop's new tool seems quite primitive compared to some of the alternate choices out there atm. Having said that, there are many times when a software solution just isn't feasible. But it other cases it can really work.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 15:28 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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Rubenski: Post processing this will always look fake because you miss the graduality of shooting wide open. For me these kind of tools are only made for the big crowd that will never make a really good picture anyway.

Here's another: http://www.creativepro.com/files/story_images/20091021_fg01a.jpg

None of these are Photoshop btw.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 15:26 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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Rubenski: Post processing this will always look fake because you miss the graduality of shooting wide open. For me these kind of tools are only made for the big crowd that will never make a really good picture anyway.

Expensive lens: http://gallery.ishpuini.be/albums/201201-Middelheim/MiddelH-BR-002.jpg

Cheap Lens w/sofware: http://www.bertin.ca/tmp/MiddelH-BR-001_BOKEH.jpg

Aside from the sharpness(no fault of the lens), the bokeh attributes are virtually indistinguishable. And so I'd say that in some cases, the expensive lenses can be effectively replaced with a software solution.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 15:25 UTC
On ptarmigan-2 in the White on white challenge (1 comment in total)

Damned nice!
Congratulations!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2011 at 03:29 UTC as 1st comment
On Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom article (383 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Guys, check out the official samples at http://fujifilm.jp/personal/digitalcamera/x/fujifilm_x_s1/sample_images/ . All samples start at f/4.0 (no 2.8) and are all ISO100 only (no higher-ISO ones).

Unfortunately, the first one I checked out (haven't checked out the others), http://fujifilm.jp/personal/digitalcamera/x/fujifilm_x_s1/sample_images/img/index/ff_x_s1_001.JPG , show:

- grainy (noisy) sky
- over-sharpening (see the contours of the balloon)
- not very good corner softness (check the grass in the lover left and right corner).

I REALLY hope the camera delivers better results than this.

Yea I agree....
those samples are pretty poor :(

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2011 at 07:05 UTC
On Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom article (383 comments in total)
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pedroboe100: Looks weird and out of place. If you want a great slr form factor, get a K5 or D7000 or A65. If you want a small sensor camera get an X10. If you want medium priced but great quality, get M43 gear or Nex5n/7.

Ya but did you see the features this camera has?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq2tUftH-pY

You don't get anything near that with a K-5 or D7K.
The only question I have is with the lens. Which I think is lacking on the wide end imo.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2011 at 05:45 UTC
On Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom article (383 comments in total)

I've always liked Fuji's determination to deliver bridge cams worth shooting with and I think this model will extend that tradition.

BTW. I just watched a hands-on video review on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq2tUftH-pY and I must say, the camera seems quite impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2011 at 05:39 UTC as 134th comment

I saw this a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty impressive, shutter blur has been an issue since the dawn of photography. Now if only Adobe could create an optical deblur plugin that would be the end of it!

Congratulations Adobe!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2011 at 18:30 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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