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Apr
2
comment What is a reasonable, average file size of images edited with layers in Photoshop?
The size of the .psd files roughly the image size * number of layers. If you have a lot of layers you will have large files, there's not a lot you can do about that.
Apr
2
comment When is adding vignetting appropriate in post-processing?
+1 for not vignetting overexposed areas. It also looks awful when vignetting (or any other darkening effect, e.g. dodging/burning) is done to pale skin tones without attention to the horrid unnatural grey colours that result!
Apr
1
comment When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why?
@spinodal it doesn't have to be expensive to get into FF, you can pick up a 5D mkI for $700, and you could save money on lenses too. If you wanted a wide prime you could pick up the EF 20mm f/2.8 for $539 whereas with a crop body you'd have to get the EF 14mm f/2.8L which wouldn't give as wide a field of view and cost you an extra $1700! Yeah the build quality of that lens is better but still. The same is true of the Canon 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.4
Mar
31
revised Why are there no dark yellows, or bright violets?
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Mar
31
comment Why are there no dark yellows, or bright violets?
relevant: thedoghousediaries.com/?p=1406
Mar
31
revised Why are there no dark yellows, or bright violets?
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Mar
31
comment What parameters can I use to evaluate a “Perceptual Image Quality”?
I think "image quality" means something different to how good a photo is, specifically how free the image is from defects such as blur, noise, low contrast, chromatic aberrations. These are still subjective, but easier to quantify than composition, etc.
Mar
31
answered Why are there no dark yellows, or bright violets?
Mar
31
revised What does it mean for a photograph to be “high key”?
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Mar
31
comment What does it mean for a photograph to be “high key”?
@mattdm I wasn't aware of the other meaning for the term, I've tried to edit my answer to reflect this.
Mar
31
revised What does it mean for a photograph to be “high key”?
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Mar
31
answered Which is better - autofocus and recompose vs. manual focus?
Mar
31
comment Which is better - autofocus and recompose vs. manual focus?
It's not just at macro distances - I've shot full length portraits with a 50 f/1.4 where the recompose was enough to cause significant focus errors!
Mar
30
revised How do I recreate this outdoor portrait lighting setup?
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Mar
30
comment How do I recreate this outdoor portrait lighting setup?
You get a big soft light in the golden hour from the sun bouncing off the ground and everything else around, due to the direct light being absorbed and further scattered by clouds, the reflected light is a lot lot brighter than at midday. I don't think a reflector was necessary for this shot.
Mar
30
answered How do I recreate this outdoor portrait lighting setup?
Mar
30
comment When should I use manual white balance settings?
@ysap since camera flashes are daylight balanced by design it doesn't surprise me that the AWB mode works as well with flash as it does in daylight. But try shooting under incandescents and your subjects will all look like oompa-loompas.
Mar
29
comment When should I use manual white balance settings?
@Robert I shoot raw so don't worry about whitebalance 'till post (where I set it by eye) but I also have the camera record small JPEGs with auto-white balance so I see how far wrong the camera gets it... I have several Canon DSLRs and they're all as bad as each another.
Mar
29
comment When should I use manual white balance settings?
@ysap you could also say that setting your camera to "daylight" white balance works for a lot of everyday shooting with good results, that doesn't mean that the daylight setting provided effective auto whitebalance!
Mar
29
comment When should I use manual white balance settings?
@ysap I've revised my answer, to be honest my experience has always been of AWB being abysmal, and I've seen enough badly whitebalanced shots to suggest this isn't an exception. I accept there may be some cameras that do it well but essentially it's an underconstrained problem (meaning it lacks a unique solution so guesswork is required).