Photoshop…

Photoshop is an integral part of most photographers workflow. However, it is often used as a dirty word outside photography and shots are criticised if they have been ‘Photoshopped’. Street photography is one area where photoshop receives a lot of criticism, and shots are often disqualified from competitions if anything has been added or erased.

Personally I want to create great pictures, so I don’t have a problem with this practise. Just be honest with what you have done.

Lastly, you do not have to be a Photoshop expert (I certainly am not!) to tamper with your photos. For one of the examples below I used a program called Snapheal, an app created by Macphun (macphun.com), they have loads of great and easy to use apps. Sorry PC users, they are for Macs only.

Another great alternative is the Nic collection, this used to be fairly pricey but is now totally free. Download it from https://www.google.com/nikcollection/. It will make your pictures better!

In the meantime, check out the pictures below. What do you think, have I ‘cheated’, or have I improved the shots?  Can you spot what is missing? Make a comment and let me know!

Stay happy, keep clicking. Chris

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Colour v B&W

Sometimes colour works well and sometimes pics look great in B&W. Check out the picture below. Which version do you prefer, and, can you explain why? Personally I like the colour version. In the shot the colours compliment each other. The red spirals around from the table to the door, on the way it passes the ladies contrasting blue apron.

Let me know your thoughts and keep clicking!

Cheap Camera Challenge

I recently purchased a camera for 40RMB (about $8). It was a small Olympus film camera. I loaded it up with some B+W film and carried around with me for a couple of weeks. I am posting my best 3 photos here.

Using film was an interesting experience. You definitely shoot less when you have to pay to develop the film. Also this camera was a point and shoot. No focusing or having to choose any particular setting as you have no choice.

Keep an eye open for these camera, they are being sold at give-away prices if you keep an eye out. Using them is becoming a unique, yet rewarding experience.

 

Luban Lu

I took this shot on the way to the Luban Lu camera mall, an amazing place and I will post a blog about it soon. On the way out of the Metro station I encountered this performing dog. The crowds parted just enough to make an interesting frame around the edge of the shot.

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