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March 11, 2011


Actually - number 3 is on the chopping block. Topaz has a plug-in that corrects out of focus. Its a bit iffy, but this is the first generation of the filter. Count on it improving. Number 6 is the killer that leads to all the rest.

This is a great list. I heard B&H were selling an "unsuck" filter to fix most, if not all, of the above issues. Bresson had one, and so did Ansel Adams. But it's heavily backordered, though.

Gee rub it in will yea.

Digital photography has really made it possible to do more editing in post than I would never attempt with film.

I do like your list and it does speak well to the issue of learning and using your camera well and uderstanding what would be better done with software.

In my case, my aging digital camera does not do some things very well and understanding that allows me to shoot so I can take advantage of both the tools in my camera and my software.

I agree that there is no fix for a poorly concieved shot or simply not using proper care before you click. Thank goodness, with digital, if you think you blew it, it's easy to shoot a few more and see if you can do a little better.

Thanks for keeping us on our toes!

So, it's still about the basics. lol

Seriously, your points reinforce what you have said in past columns. No matter what wizardry you can perform after the fact, nothing beats getting in right when you press the shutter. And more shots won't make it better. :)

John and Paul,

I hope I'm not beating a dead horse here guys, and I certainly don't want to get on the bad side of two Apostles. It's just that I find post-processing to be sooo much easier when I've got my pre-processing act together. Maybe if I was master at Photoshop I'd feel differently. I'm here to tell you, I'm not.

My take on post-processing:

Ah, Love, could Thou and I with Fate
To grasp this sorry scheme of things entire,
Would not we shatter it to bits, and then---
Re-mold it nearer to the Heart's desire?

With apologies to Omar Khayyam, and

Best regards to everyone else!


I will try this. Thanks for sharing.

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