Using IR scans to remove marks from colour slides with Silverfast.

This is just a short post which covers using the Infra Red scanning capabilities of the Epson flat bed scanners to identify and remove marks and dirt from colour slides during scanning. I’ve been scanning quite a lot of slides over the last few weeks for the Found Film site,  and up until a few days ago I’ve just been placing the slides on the scanner in the slide mount, doing a pre-scan to get the framing and then batch […]

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Post-processing film scans in Lightroom

A couple of years ago I wrote a post which described the steps I normally take when post processing pictures in Lightroom. The procedures I describe there are still the way I carry out post processing when dealing with digital images, but recently I’ve been taking more shots on 35mm film and I’ve found it is necessary to subtly change the way these images are dealt with in Lightroom, so these notes are going to describe this different workflow. I’ll […]

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Adding colour to a black and white photo in Photoshop

As I said in a post a few weeks ago I’ve been scanning and repairing some pictures which my Father took over the last 50 odd years, as well as some taken by other members of the family going back even further. I’ve had to learn quite a few techniques in Photoshop like when to use the the spot repair tool and the clone stamp tool and I’ve managed to successfully repair some quite bad tears and damage. One thing which […]

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Repairing old photos with the Clone Stamp tool

Although I use Lightroom all the time I’ve not really used Photoshop that much since I joined Adobe Creative Cloud using the photographers cut down package last year. However a few weeks ago I had cause to try to recover some old photographs of my fathers which had been badly creased and damaged and found that Lightroom just can’t do that sort of job, so I turned to Photoshop. This is certainly quite a common procedure for photoshop experts, but […]

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A day in London

These pictures are a couple of years old now – I took them during a family trip to the London Aquarium in August 2011 which I posted about a while ago, but I’ve not published these particular pictures before and I’ve given them a bit of a make over in Lightroom. As I remember I took two cameras with me that day, a Pentax K-r and and Olympus E-PL1, (neither of which I now have unfortunately) and these were all […]

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Experiments in Photoshop 2 – Photo retouching

I have used the spot removal tool in Lightroom to good effect in the past to remove or paint over small areas in a picture and found it to be pretty effective. However for large objects or areas of pictures it doesn’t seem so effective. I thought that now I have access to the full Photoshop CC product I’d try to edit a picture with problems and see how much better photoshop is. The picture above is one of St […]

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Experiments in Photoshop 1 – Tilt shift filter.

As I mentioned in my last post I have recently subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers membership which gives me access to the full Photoshop CC program – something I could never have justified as a standalone purchase. I have been experimenting with the various features and thought I would start a series of posts showing some of the results. The first effect I have been experimenting with is the tilt-shift filter. A tilt-shift lens is one where the […]

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Sunshine and snow

This is a new treatment of an old picture which I took a couple of years ago with a Pentax K-r and a Tamron 10-24mm super wide angle lens. I took it during a snowy period in the field across the road from us and particularly like the starburst effect the Sun has which I believe is caused by the small aperture used. The main post processing which I carried out was to increase the saturation in the sky and […]

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Typical Lightroom processing steps.

In this post I’m going to outline the steps I’ve gone through to take an image from the initial RAW capture to the final image using Lightroom. This is as much an aide memoir to my future self as a guide to others, and in no way is this the only sequence that could be used. The image above is one that I took with my Ricoh GXR fitted with the S10 lens unit. The image is not a particularly […]

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Lightroom post processing techniques – radial filter

I like macro photography, but this post uses a macro photograph to point out a Lightroom 5 post processing technique I’ve started to use a bit which is Radial Filters. This pretty unremarkably picture of a fly was taken a few weeks ago and I’d mostly forgotten about it. But I was looking through the pictures I’d taken and realised that I could improve this one if I could blur the flower a bit and bring the fly into more […]

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RAW shot recovery in Lightroom

This post covers the importance of shooting in RAW when it comes to trying to recover pictures from badly exposed images using Lightroom, or any other RAW processor for that matter. In a recent post someone who added a comment remarked that they had not yet set their camera to store RAW images and were still shooting in jpeg.  This got me thinking about the effects of shooting in RAW and why it’s so important to do so. It also […]

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Clarity adjustment in Lightroom

I use the Adobe Lightroom post production software for making adjustments to the RAW images I take on my Pentax K5 DSLR. I originally used Apple Aperture, but when the price of Lightroom dropped with the introduction of Lightroom 4 I gave it a try and was very impressed with it. One of the adjustments I have learned to use a lot is the Clarity slider in the presence section of the Basic Panel. If you search in the Lightroom […]

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How much should we post process ?

I’ve been taking photographs for many years. First with black and white film, then colour film and slides and now with a DSLR. Although processing was a part of the process with film and involved all sorts of techniques to improve the final image, I have always said to myself that I don’t do processing of digital images. I’ve always thought that I try to take the picture as I see it and don’t want to spend hours with photoshop […]

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