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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.

So please comment with some of your tips, or lessons you’ve learned! 

:camera: Jewel

  • Mood: Eager

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Sat Feb 21, 2015, 7:55 PM
Here are my photos taken at the "Star Wars and the Power of Costume” exhibition at the EMP Museum.

It was fun to see other fans enjoying this show, too. Each exhibit was very well designed, with Darth Vader in his own room!  

Star Wars and the Power of Costume - entrance sign by Jewel-Firefly

Jango Fett - helmet - exhibit by Jewel-Firefly   Jango Fett - costume exhibit by Jewel-Firefly
Boba Fett helmet - costume exhibit by Jewel-Firefly   Boba Fett and Jango Fett costume exhibit by Jewel-Firefly
Note: Boba and Jango Fett are not in the exhibition - they are on EMP's first floor hallway, by the massive guitar tower - no extra charge! No Mandalorians or clone troopers are in the main show - and just one Stormtrooper is in the show.

Anakin and Padme wedding costumes - exhibit by Jewel-Firefly   Padme's Boots - Star Wars costume exhibition by Jewel-Firefly   Luke Skywalker - Star Wars costume exhibition by Jewel-Firefly
Anakin & Padme's wedding, Padme's boots from Episode II, and Luke's costume. 

Darth Vader costume exhibit by Jewel-Firefly   Star Wars costume exhibit: armor homage display by Jewel-Firefly   Star Wars Outlaws and Outsiders: Chewbacca by Jewel-Firefly  
Darth Vader, armor design display, Chewie 

Star Wars Phantom Menace costumes exhibit by Jewel-Firefly   Palpatine costumes - Star Wars exhibition by Jewel-Firefly   2 Jedi VS 1 Sith costume exhibit by Jewel-Firefly 
Episode 1 scene, Palpatine's ROTS costumes, two Jedi and a Sith scene

Stormtrooper exhibit by Jewel-Firefly

Endor Imperial Stormtrooper, Return of the Jedi by Jewel-Firefly
I LOVE how this photo turned out (all I did was convert it to black and white).

Hey, go see more in my Star Wars stuff gallery.  May the Force be with You!


  • Mood: Excited


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TataSunny Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Photographer

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Youre Welcome Llama Signs  And thank you for the faves, llama and watch! :) 

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