Correcting Lens Distortion

Let me start out by saying we have had a great response to the “red challenge” and a special thanks to all who submitted photos and to those of you who commented!   I certainly hope you are enjoying these challenges as well as learning a few new things along the way.

We are fortunate to have some talented photographers who are following this blog and whenever I can, I will include their input to help us all learn from them.  Lorraine’s husband Mike is quite an accomplished photographer and he has been so supportive to Lorraine as she learns to navigate her new camera.  He is also following the blog and I’m sure has gotten quite a few chuckles along the way!

He did  share with me the story of how Lorraine wanted to go out in the street and shoot that plane that was flying over Rowlett at night spraying insecticide for the mosquitoes. Continue reading


A Surprise on the Red Challenge!

It seems that our frequent visitor, John Winter who has been chomping at the bit to be a part of the Crazy Women in some way or another, has not only commented but has sent along a photo that he would like submitted for your critiques.  Hmmm… he truly is a brave man!

So…  in honor of the “Men’s Auxillary” and his persistent interest in the Crazy Women, I present to you John’s photo for you to critique.  Thanks John for all your support of the Crazy Women!  You are great fun and we appreciate your great sense of humor and are so pleased to have your wife Lynda as one of our newest members!

(Photo by John W.)

So come on all you Crazy Women… let’s critique John’s photo!

Red Challenge… entry #12

I was at the Dallas Arboretum when this flower caught my eye.  It’s head was in the sun but the surrounding area was in shadow.  I was shooting in RAW and knew I could probably work with it in Lightroom.  My concern was that maybe all that dark surrounding area would cause the camera to overexpose the flower by trying to expose for the dark area so I set it on minus one exposure compensation… in other words to make it darker.  As I checked the shot with my Hoodman, I could see it was better than the original shots without the compensation.  It is always better to fix things in the camera if you can.  This was the resulting photo.

(Photo by Lala)

Red Challenge… entry #11

This is my August challenge photo. I call this  “Scarlet Sunset”.  I love nature photography and challenges that makes me excited and satisfied with the end result.
Three weeks ago I bought a Photoshop Elements 10, and studied it.  It was very confusing and highly technical.  I was frustrated but I turned the frustration into tenacity and strong determination and did not give up.

This is just a standard picture of the red sunset that I took last week.  I was so amazed by how red the color was.  This is one of my few projects in Photoshop.  I added an effect of radial blur to create a realistic light ray effects.

Another thing that I love about this picture is that I took this at the comfort of home.

(Photo by Tess)

Red Challenge… entry #10

This next entry is from our newest member, Lynda from the UK. Thanks Lynda for making our club go international! Got any friends over there who would like to also join? They are welcome! The more the merrier.

So this is what Lynda says:
Looking for my red picture I found this one, which unfortunately is a bit fuzzy,
of a sunset taken from my bedroom window overlooking Stoke Mandeville Hospital,  birthplace of the ParaOlympic games.

(Where the heck is my little camera  stand??!!)

Although not starkly red it has meaning for the present moment in time.
I will be watching the ParaOlympic Flame as it passes our house on Tuesday.

(Photo by Lynda)

Thanks for your entry, Lynda and welcome to the CWPC!

Red Challenge… entry #9

Today we will feature a photo by one of our newest members, Dana.
“A sunny day, in the shade on my front porch”
I was working on some shots for a bridal show and told my model to grab a pair of bright shoes to wear under the gown. I sat my camera right on the porch floor. My settings were at f/10, 1/160s, ISO 200, 70mm. I then had her start from the bright side of the porch stepping back until the back of the dress was in the shade and the sun was highlighting the shoes. I loved the texture of the worn wood floor against the delicate gown. This turned out to be one of my favorite shots 🙂
It is so weird that the first shot I take ends up being my favorite… I often tell the client “OK were done!”

(Photo by Dana)

Red Challenge… entry #8

Gina is offering this photo for the red challenge and this is what she wrote:

“Upon opening my eyes in the morning this is what I see, my red calendar box. This catches my eye easily.”

(Photo by Gina)

Red Challenge… entry #6

Hmmm… so where do I begin? Melanie sent me two photos for the red competition. Does she not know that I can’t even pick out a dozen doughnuts? Decisions, decisions!

So this was my dilemma… one was a close-up of a red mug but I think what happened was, she was too close with her camera and because of this was unable to get anything in focus which made me clean my glasses just to be sure.  Or perhaps it was visualized on the small screen of a camera and thought to be in focus.  There is a lesson to be learned here. All lenses will have a range of focus… get too close and you will lose that focus.  You must work within your lense capabilities and if that doesn’t work, it may be time to invest in a macro lense.

The second photo is the one I am presenting here. Her comment to me was that she was thinking about the challenge when she looked over at the fireplace and saw her red mug setting there and decided to shoot it.

(Photo by Melanie)

On second thought… let me also post the photo of her mug and let you be the judge.

(Photo by Melanie)

 And here is the rest of the story… after transferring this image to Lightroom, I was able to see that it was taken at an ISO 400,  at 49.7mm with a shutter speed of one second.  So with this information, I surmise that it is virtually impossible to hand-hold this for one second and get a sharp image without using a tripod or setting the camera on a stable surface.  The least bit of movement will show blur.  If unable to do that, then try using flash to get more light on the subject so you can use a faster shutter speed.  Easier yet… take the mug to a bright location and re-shoot it.  You can also increase your ISO if you have that capability on your camera.

It is all about light and there is a fine balancing act between all of your settings to get the optimum image.  It is important to know at what point you cannot hand-hold a shot.  And perhaps that is why photography can at times be so frustrating until we grasp this understanding and know how to work with the numbers.

Thanks Melanie for your entries and I think we can all learn a lot by reviewing this information!

Red Challenge… entry #5

When I learned the challenge was to shoot something Red, I got excited
as Red is my favorite color.

Shooting an image of a fire truck was the first thing that came to my
mind.   I had my subject, but the more difficult task for me was to go
about actually getting access to one.   At some point, I happened to
remember a conversation I had overheard regarding Robin, a day shift ICU
nurse, talking about her husband who was a fire fighter.    I am kind of
a shy person when it comes to asking someone to go out of their way to
do something for me.   It wasn’t easy but I approached Robin about it
and she and her husband Casey were really wonderful about it. He
offered to drive the engine to a location where I felt I could get a decent photo.

We went to the first location and I realized it wouldn’t work with the
the angle of the sun and background.  Casey mentioned a golf course
nearby and off we went.    It ended up being a great spot.  The angle of
the sun was just right.  The background was what I wanted….tree lines
and even a pond in the background!

Robin and Casey were so accommodating and patient and let me shoot
away!   I am so thankful to them for allowing me to get this experience.

With shooting the fire truck…I ran into some underexposures due to the
reflective strips and a lot of chrome!!!!  I ended up going totally
manual and slowed down my shutter speed to help with this. The only
problem was that I kept forgetting to check the meter!!!  I shot a
variety of focal lengths and the wide angle shot appealed to me.   It
was definitely a learning experience!!!

(Photo by Lorraine)