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Go Easy On Me First go with Octabox

Discussion in 'Studio Images Forum' started by Shaunmbs, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. Shaunmbs

    Shaunmbs Here a lot

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    Well this is the first attempt with one light set up in a octabox. We tried a cake smash when it was her first birthday and relised they could have been better. Therefore, we have decided to try again now that we have a soft box. Due to privacy of our children we don't want to use them face on for any images on the internet so this is the best we have from the 100+ pictures we took.
    The subjects were about 1-2 ft from the background and i was around maybe 5-6 ft from them. Octabox was camera right as space was limited (didn't realise it was 4ft) in the kitchen. Reason for this was solely for easy clean wood floor for the cake. I have come to the conclusion from the 100+ pictures that duracell's are pathetic as the images seem to get darker from the first to the last. (i must invest in those eneloops) having said that i want to know what you guys think. Any critique is greatly appreciated.


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  2. rebel06

    rebel06 Without a cause Moderator

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    Difficult to give cc as the images you have posted are so small .. . any chance you can post again but going closer to the forum limit of 1024px on longest side
     
  3. Shaunmbs

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    when i tried that in photoshop the resulting upload said file too large. its 2.56m how do i make it smaller but keep the image large? i used to use lightroom and didnt have a problem with it however its stopped working and not sure how to do it in photoshop
     
  4. steve b

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    Open the image in PS go to Image/resize/image size, in the box resize the image to 1024 px on the longest side, OK then move the slider to just under 250kb press Ok , (call the image 'resize' for example), and you have the image ready to upload to the forum.
     
  5. Shaunmbs

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    My image size box doesn’t have a slider. When I resize to 1024 on the longest side it fixes it at 2.89M
     
  6. steve b

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    when you press 'save as' and put the image name in the box and then press 'save' the slider will appear
     
  7. Shaunmbs

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    still no slider. what type of file should i be saving this as? the box i get says PNG options no slider
     
  8. steve b

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    You need to save it as a jpeg
     
  9. Shaunmbs

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    Might explain it. Let me try in a bit when I have sprogs into bed

    My image still only goes down to 400kb maybe this isn’t meant to be
     
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  10. steve b

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    This may give you a better idea

    Open image/image/resize

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    Resize image 1024 on the longest side

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    Press OK

    3.JPG

    Press save

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    Then move the slider to under 250K
     
  11. Shaunmbs

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    2018-01-27.png thats what im trying but 452 is lowest
     
  12. steve b

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    Best to go back to your original image in Lightroom (that I know nothing about), open it in PS and immediately save it as a jpeg, open said jpeg, it will probably be around 2 - 3MB - and go from there
     
  13. Shaunmbs

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    my lightroom isnt working. im stuck with photoshop. when i try to start again in photoshop every time it opens in camera raw it is still cropped at the origional crop and i cant get it back to the origional size. :mad:
     
  14. steve b

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    When it opens in raw, can't you click the 'open image' button at the bottom right, that should open the image up in PS, then press on the Image drop down box and save as a jpeg

    jpeg.JPG
     
  15. Shaunmbs

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    ok so ive managed to get the images larger however i feel i have lost some quality to the images.
     
  16. tenchy

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    Check the posting images link in my signature
     
  17. steve b

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    I don't know what to say Shaun. Somewhere along the line you're making a basic error with your raw processing. PS should be able to handle all you want easily. I'll let someone with more expertise take over :)
     
  18. Shaunmbs

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    right ok, let me try and explain how im doing it as im not sure whats going wrong. i open the NEF. folder into camera raw and immediately save as a jpeg before doing anything else. cancel the images and then open the jpeg work from there. i have followed the instructions giving by steve from then on and have managed to get the image larger but im still stuck as to where along the line im loosing the quality
     
  19. steve b

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    I'm taking it that an NEF is a Nikon raw file. If it is, then open the raw file in PS, adjust the sliders and anything else you want to change, then open that file in PS - the raw file will retain all the original qualities. The image you're working on in PS can then be processed and saved in whatever format you choose, you can then work on the screened image again and change the size, as long as you 'save as' with different file names you can have the same image (for example) as a tiff, a jpeg, a reduced sized jpeg..... The raw file won't be changed, you can go back to it as many times as you like. Have a look on youtube for a vid on processing Nikon raw files with CS6
     
  20. Shaunmbs

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    it seems to be when im trying to get the images under the 250kb the image starts off way too high and when and if the slider allows it to go down to under 250kb the quality also goes with it. it doesnt matter ill just leave it. dont want to waste anyone elses time
     
  21. tenchy

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    Don't alter the quality slider until you have changed the pixel size to under 1024.
    If you use file - save as in photoshop it does it in the correct sequence and never fails.
    If the image contains a lot of detail like a picture of many trees with foliage or lots of gravel detail the image size will be bigger than normal so I use a smaller pixel size around 900. But if the image has large areas without much detail like a clear blue sky or Plain studio background it will get under size in kilobytes easily.
     
  22. oldgeezer

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    Use 'Save for Web'
    That's what it is for. All you want in one dialogue box.
     
  23. steve b

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    Doesn't that strip the exif Pete? I may be wrong (usually am), but if someone wants to put stuff on here to get help the exif is handy.
     
  24. tenchy

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    Newer versions do have a tick box for keeping it, but one step at a time..

    Though save as is as straightforward as it gets really.
     
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  25. oldgeezer

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    No Steve, you just use the drop down menu for how much you want to allow to be seen.
    Best is to use what you you know. Save For Web does it all in one go but as usual, others disagree and stick to what works for them.

    I think Elements strips exit but Photoshop gives a choice.
     
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