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    Quote Originally Posted by yardbent View Post
    just simple fixes such as -
    horizon tilt...
    The thing is, you can fix horizon tilt in any software in a few seconds, and yet about half the photos you see folk post have a wonky horizon in them. Do they not notice it? Do they walk about with their head at an angle?

    Quote Originally Posted by yardbent View Post
    under/over exposure...
    Up to a point, yes. However, if you overexpose to the point of some pixels being white, then you cannot recover from that. Likewise, if you have pixels that are underexposed to the point of being black, you can't bring any detail out on them. Furthermore, if you underexpose and pull everything up in post-processing, you introduce noise into the shadows. There is really no substitute for getting the exposure correct in the first instance. If unsure, most cameras allow you to bracket - take 2, 3 or more identical shots in quick sequence, but at different exposures. When you get home, pick the best one and bin the others. I still do this regularly when shooting in a hurry. I also do a lot of HDR blending these days. The sunset shot I posted upthread with the boat coming home and the sun behind it is actually 2 frames: one at -1 stop EV and one at +1 stop EV, blended together in Adobe Camera Raw to get the best highlights and shadows detail. I took the two shots as we were motoring in ourselves - with me on the motor - one hand on the tiller and one hand on the camera. That is how good the software is these days at matching the registry of more than one image! Knocks your socks off, really!

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    Thankyou everyone for all the advice and its taken on board.Scrolling youtube videos and getting to know all the terms is mind boggling but Ill get there.Best thing is its great learning something new.

    Was away to see the grandchildren today,great time to play with camera.Took these on the way home.What a great place to live wit views like these.
    Like the composition on the last image, bar the date stamp! One of the many good YouTube channels for landscape:

    YouTube
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    Point taken Col will get rid of date stamp.All point welcome, its the only way to learn .

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    Staying with the processing side of it and the oft-heard remark, "Oh, that's a super photo, you must have a really good camera!"...

    A friend of mine bought himself a dSLR and was complaining that he got better results from his mobile phone. I got him to come round to me and we spent a day on the desktop, putting some of his photos through the RAW processor. The scales fell from his eyes when he realised he had been pressing the shutter button and thought the job was done - when it was only half-done.

    The phrase SOOC - straight out of camera - refers to how good the camera is at taking the shot (as RAW data) and doing the processing for you, and delivering the final, finished JPEG. Most phones and point-and-shoot type compacts are doing this. However, you are trusting the camera to get it right and any editing you do to what the camera gives you is bending and twisting what was supposed to be the finished article, and that can introduce noise and unwanted artefacts.

    If you get the camera to record the RAW data and give it to you, you can do your own processing - it's likened to a 'digital darkroom'. But of course, you do need to do a bit of work, because the basic RAW is, well, undercooked!

    Here's an example...

    Straight out of camera...


    After running it through the RAW processor...


    A different type of example...

    Straight out of camera...


    After running it through the RAW processor...


    Does away with the need for a polarising filter, which costs 2 stops of light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post

    A friend of mine bought himself a dSLR

    I'm seriously contemplating selling mine! Been using a FujiFilm X-T3 of late - been a bit of a revelation for a Nikon user of 25+ years, nearly a kilogram lighter and stunning IQ from the Fujinon lenses. Not going to be an easy decision.
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    Great pictures Col.Need to look at this raw .

    OOps just bought a Nikon.

    I see a lot of people and speaking to others use programmes to get the best out of the pictures.So another question,what programmes do you use.Now bare in mind Im retiring and would prefer free ones lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    I see a lot of people and speaking to others use programmes to get the best out of the pictures.So another question,what programmes do you use.Now bare in mind Im retiring and would prefer free ones lol
    I have only ever used Adobe Camera RAW (ACR). I use it for over 90% of what I do with images. The problem for you would be that it is a plug-in within Adobe Photoshop, so it doesn't work as a stand-alone. The amount of photography I do means it's a no-brainer for me to subscribe to the full fat version of Photoshop (Creative Cloud - 'CC') (even though I hardly use 1% of its power). It's somewhere around 100/year. There is a limited version of ACR inside Photoshop Elements, which is a less expensive version of Photoshop. (Photoshop Lightroom has the full ACR inside it, but I think the price is much the same as for Photoshop CC).

    However, there are plenty other RAW processors available. Canon do their own one, called DPP, which comes free with any Canon camera. No doubt Nikon, Sony etc do similar?

    If you don't get one bundled with your camera... scroll down to RAW processors here...

    Lightroom Alternatives | UPDATED August 2019

    A couple on that list that I saw recommended...

    Darktable

    Raw Therapee

    But I have no experience of either. Raw Therapee is rated best free app here... The Best Adobe Lightroom Alternatives for 2019 for RAW Photo Editing | Digital Trends

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayflyfisher View Post
    OOps just bought a Nikon...
    Have you checked the software you got with it to see if there is a RAW processor?

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    Nikon’s equivalent is Capture NX-D. Good (very good) at RAW conversion but less good for handling total workflow and lacks the more powerful editing capabilities of software like Lightroom, Capture One, DXO Photolab, etc. However, it’s a great place to start and many would argue its RAW conversion of Nikon NEFs is superior to many paid-for packages.
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    Well off I trotted for an afternoon walk,near retirement,New hobby-dscn0153-jpg with my two pals.This is one of my favourite places only a couple of hundred metres from my humble little hovel.The place is amazing ,sadly though with cuts to council,they dont keep it as good as they used to with grass cutting .It always makes you wonder how people in those days managed great feats of building something like this without modern machinery.Can you imagine some of today doing all the manual labour lol.
    Comments as usual always welcome on this new hobby.

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    Just to bore you more.
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