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Vader Undone - Part 1Part 1 - Battle of the HeroesVader Undone - Part 1 by DionneJinn
Obi-Wan watched how a huge building disappeared into the lava fall, taking Anakin with it. He breathed out of relief; it was good that Anakin should die in the burning heat and Obi-Wan was not forced to kill him personally.
Suddenly, the boy came out of nowhere, landing on a droid hovering near the platform Obi-Wan was standing on. This was to be done in the hard way, after all.
Anakin used the faster speed of his droid to circle around Obi-Wan, trying to get an upper hand in their duel. Stepping as far back as he could Obi-Wan decided to admit something that had been gnawing at him for a long time: he too was to be blamed for his apprentice's failures not the boy alone.
"I have failed you, Anakin," he said looking the boy into the eyes. "I have failed you."
"I should have known the Jedi were plotting to take over," Anakin countered. It appeared that the boy had misunderstood Obi-Wan's point.
"Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil!"
I’ve been in a local photography club for a year now. I’ve been getting feedback on my photos via group critiques that include about 40 photographers a month. I want to share some basic tips I’ve learned from those meetings:
1) If you like the photo, that’s all that matters.
Now that’s out of the way, here are some basic post-processing tips I’ve learned, so far:
2) Start with Photoshop Levels when the photo needs some lighting adjustments.
3) Use the healing tool (bandaid icon) to fix little issues, like a leaf or speck or some small thing that distracts from your main subject. It only takes a minute! Here are a few reasons to use this tool:
- triangles in the corners of a photo are the most distracting - get rid of them.
- little things elsewhere can be big distractions, especially in macro photos
4) If the healing tool doesn’t work, try the clone-stamp tool. Be careful not to create patterns, or “halos” around objects.
5) Use Gaussian blur to make the background less distracting, but use in small increments. Combine with darkening the background if necessary.
5) “Blown out” (white with no detail) areas can’t be fixed - but something too dark usually can be fixed.
6) Sometimes, but not all the time, an effect or filter can make a mediocre photo better - SOMETIMES. I’ve seen awful photos manipulated to hell and back with Nik or Topaz filters. Sometimes you just have to LET IT GO!
Anyway, I’m just now starting to work with masks and layers, which is really intimidating and time-consuming to me. I’d rather get better at camera technique first (I’ve got to get out of Program mode!).
Biggest lesson I’ve learned so far: “fine art” photography is ENTIRELY SUBJECTIVE. Judges are subjective based on their expertise and specialty. I’ve had the best luck in the “fine art” photography realm (I've placed in juried shows) with black and white and macro nature photos. I’ve had the best luck with my animal and odd/random shots here at DA, and I appreciate it.