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Archives for posts with tag: David Bigwood

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It’s only a little railway running on narrow gauge track but it travels through the lovely country that is the English Lake District. My latest e-book tells of my visit to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway or the La’al Ratty as it is known in the old Cumberland dialect. You can see details of this e-book at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575275.

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Australia: Snowy River, Snowy Mountains, New South Wales near NSW/Victoria border along Barry Way

Australia: Snowy River, Snowy Mountains, New South Wales near NSW/Victoria border along Barry Way


 

One of my new canvas prints (76x36cms) now available from the Berridale Art Gallery (1 Park Street
Berridale, New South Wales 0468 390 515 http://www.berridaleartgallery.com/).

Australia: Grazing country around Berridale, Snowy Mountains, NSW

Australia: Grazing country around Berridale, Snowy Mountains, NSW

One of the canvas prints available for sale through the Stone Cottage home decor outlet in Berridale in Australia’s Snowy Mountains. 71x30cms

Enquiries to d.bigwood@bigpond.com

Bridge over River Conwy, Llanrwst, North Wales

To see the UK images I have with Alamy, the on-line photo library, that are suitable for calendars Click here

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To see the Australian images I have with Alamy, the on-line photo library, that are suitable for calendars Click here

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Need some help with your photography? Maybe some of the e-books I have published will answer your needs. I am a regularly published writer and photographer, have qualified as a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and am a member of the Australian Society of Authors. I sell my pictures through Alamy, the on-line photo library.

To see the e-books available for tablet readers and in PDF format Click here

I am happy to do my best to answer your photography queries info@bigwoodpublishing.com

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A sale through Alamy for magazine use.

To see the Snowy Mountains images I have with Alamy, the on-line photo library, that are suitable for editorial use (nearly 400 with more added regularly) Click here

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One of the 24 photography e-books in formats for tablet readers and your computer that I have published. You can see all 24 at

Photography E-books

where you will see details of the titles.

Not long ago I was looking at one of the portrait pictures I had made when shooting on film in a Mamiya C33 camera many years ago and rued the fact that I had not opened up the aperture enough to reduce the depth of field and so blur the background. The result was that the background was just too sharp and so tended to take the eye away from the sitter. To my mind, it destroyed what was a good image of the model.

In film days, that meant that the transparency was all but useless; today, we have Photoshop. So I scanned the transparency and began my experiments with what I thought was the most likely way to achieve the result I was after — to tone down the background by blurring it but to leave the model sharp.
I opened the scanned file and made a duplicate layer. From the Filters drop down menu I selected Blur>Gaussian Blur and played with the slider until I had the background as I wanted it. Of course, this adjustment did not only apply to the background but it blurred the whole image. I then made a Layer Mask (if the Layers dialogue box is not already open, select ‘Layers’ from the Windows drop-down menu at the top of the screen, then click on the grey square with a white circle in it at the bottom of the Layers dialogue box) and inverted it by clicking on it and then clicking Control ‘I’ so that it wiped out the adjustment I had just made and the unadjusted image re-appeared. I made sure that the white square was on top at the bottom of the Tools menu and selected the Brush Tool, adjusted the size to suit and began brushing over the background so that the blurred adjustment began to show through. I had the brush set to 25% so that I could maintain a fine control over the brushing. This approach did work but, having used Photoshop since version 1, I knew that there were always several methods to achieve a result so I began searching through my photographic library and soon found some answers.

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More ways of improving your portrait pictures can be found in my e-book in formats for tablet readers and your computer.

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If you are interested in improving your photography, have a look at the e-books I have published at Smashwords or Amazon (see below to visit their sites). I am a regularly published writer and photographer with over 1200 images on sale with Alamy the on-line photo library. I also founded and edited the magazine The Black and White Enthusiast. Over the years I have interviewed many top photographers for several magazines (you can see some of these interviews on this site under the tab ‘Photography’) and am currently a columnist for F2 Freelance Photographer magazine. Do have a look at my e-books. They are reasonably priced.

To view my e-books at Smashwords click here

and to see them at Amazon click here