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© Boakesey 2007

Abstract - Wells cathedral


Hand held. No flash.


© Boakesey 2007

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This was very tricky to take as a spinal injury means I can no longer use SLRs or larger

(heavier!) cameras, so I'm now having to cope with a hybrid - hence the Powershot Pro-1.

Anyway, in the "old days" of film, I'd have dodged and burned the central glass area in

order to see the detailing in the figures etc, but I'm not sure how to do this in PS, being a

digital novice.

I've attempted to take the shot without over-cooking the exposure on the stained glass,

whilst still letting the stonework be visible. I liked the way the shapes in the glass

complimented the shapes of the stonework, you see - that's why I took this particular


I'm planning to crop the extreme LHS a bit when I print this up, but is there a way I can

tweak just areas of the stained glass without the rest of the image being toned down as


Any other criticisms etc are more than welcome - it's taking me a while to adapt from

traditional methods to this new fangled digital world.

Thank you.

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Under your edit menu - try "Shadow/Highlights" set your shadows slider to about 10, your highlights slider to about 30 and you'll get something like the photo attached... This adjustment works best with images shot with low ISO speeds. Otherwise can really pop the grain. I'd suggest a photoshop class - lots of community colleges offer them.


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Many thanks for the very useful tips.

I tried to find a local course, but they don't offer them here -"no demand..." unless I decide to do "A" level photography (full time) - which I used to teach in the days of film-based photography!

I'll explore the use of the sliders as suggested.

Thanks again. Boakesey

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