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  1. Hi Damien, Happy New year to you. I wanted to ask you advice, I've just come back from a shoot in the Highlands where I have been photographing the mountain hares. I have an image that I like but it had to shoot directly into the sun and now have a blown out sky. I know I have lost all the detail, but want to create a nice silhouette, and reduce the harshness of the blown out areas. Any advice would be appreciated.. Adam
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  2. I'm so glad you posted. Imagine your embarrassment if you'd sent that tiny file to your client, and they'd printed it!!!!!!!!
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  3. Thank you Damien. I will post my photo once I have taken it. Thank you for the suggestions.
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  4. Thanks for coming to visit my new site! I know this is a big change from my Ask Damien facebook page, but I hope you'll grow to like it. My aim is to ensure the highest quality answers to your questions, with none of the distracting chit-chat of social media. Feel free to look around and once you've joined up, start asking me questions. Reply below and let me know what you think of the new place!
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  6. sounds good. i'll probably finish the raw class within the next couple of days and "practice" on the 55 photos i feel i should re-edit for clients that just placed orders. eikkk...
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  7. I urge you not to rename files. It gets too confusing, too fast. Just name the folders that they're in. As long as you can search for the folder (eg "Christmas 2016") you'll always be able to find your files. Don't overthink this. Just start using Bridge, it'll become second nature before you know it.
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  8. First, watch this video. Then, watch this one. See how far along that gets you, and write back if you have problems.
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  9. Nope - I just use it for quick previews. However, I've never had problems before - probably because of the images I was checking. It's only on the smooth background that I had issues. However, I've seen people on other forums claim that Dropbox does something to change the quality of your photos. I bet that at least some of those complaints are down to using the Dropbox viewer. Thanks, Frank
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  11. Thank you. I will try again that way once my new card reader gets here.
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  12. Ha ha ha! Yeah, 2:30am is not peak learning time!
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  13. Just saying hello! I have taken your classes before and am refreshing. I have read through classes again and am excited to apply the knowledge. 😃
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  14. Hallelujah I figured it out! I had to drag and drop it into the profile manager! Gz
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  16. Ok, will do! I'll check back tomorrow evening. Thanks a ton!
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  18. Hi Kendra, yes, I've seen this myself. Which X-Rite do you have?
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  21. Oh gosh, your previous correspondence had me so nervous about this! This is fine. It will sharpen up perfectly. You have a greater problem, I suspect. In your correspondence you said you intended to print at 16x20. But that won't work, I suspect. Have you tried a 16x20 crop? You're going to lose the people at the sides.
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  22. In your Display Control Panel, do you have the desktop screen set to "Extend"? I just need to check you don't have it on "Duplicate" because that never works for calibration.
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  26. I really enjoy trying to analyse different types of post-processing, to figure out how it was done. If there's a style you want to emulate, share it so I can help you achieve it. Please observe these guidelines: Post links to other people's images. Don't upload photos that aren't your own - that's bad manners. Provide the link to an image with the desired effect, so that we can visit it. Provide a link to a specific photo, not a whole website or portfolio, which may contain numerous styles. Upload a photo of yours on which you'd like the style applied. Note that by posting your image, you are effectively giving me permission to download the image, so I can experiment with the edit and respond to your question. Make sure you choose an appropriate photo. The characteristics of the photo play a big role in the application of the style. For example: - If the photo you'd like to emulate was taken outdoors, don't post an indoor photo; - If the photo you'd like to copy has a bright background, don't post a photo with a dark background; - If the photo you'd like to copy has lots of background blur, make sure your photo has lots of background blur too; - and so on. I really can't emphasise this enough. If you are wanting to emulate somebody else's post-processing, but you can't find any photos in your library that emulate their photography, then the post-processing is a moot point, isn't it? Photographic skill is crucial. If your photo isn't suitable, I won't be able to help you with your request. Make sure you have clean-processed your image first. Don't post a straight-out-of-camera (SOOC) photo. Artistic styles are best applied after clean processing has been performed. I would not teach my gymnasts to somersault before they could roll safely; nor will I teach photographers to get artistic before they can competently edit cleanly. You can find more information about clean processing in my article here. Please scroll down this page, because you'll find dozens of styles I've already played with. You might find what you're looking for right here! Lastly, there will inevitably be questions which I must decline to answer because they coincide directly with my classes. These will generally be questions regarding clean processing. I give away a lot of information, time and expertise for free, but I am also trying to make a living and support my family. Thank you for your understanding.
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