A Higher Quality Setting in Photoshop Sometimes Reduces JPEG Quality

As it turns out, via a link from PETAPIXEL, in PHOTOSHOP, saving a file a QUALITY 7, when compared to QUALITY 6, results in a poorer JPG quality image !!!!


Lagos, Portugal 2011 Holiday with Photographs



On 4th August 2011, my wife and I took a lovely 14 day break away to Lagos, South Portugal in the Algave.

We bought the package direct from Thomsons (via topcashback).


Over the next few posts, I’ll document some of the great restaurant, and places to visit, and some of the sights I managed to photograph.


Thursday 4th August

Our destination in Lagos, Portugal, was a lovely self catering apartment “Porta da Vila” over in the west side of the old town in Lagos.


“Lisa” out rep at the apartments was fantastic. She was very welcoming, and had plenty of suggestions of places to visit, and restaurants to try which I’ll cover later.


TAGS: 2011

Mobile phone connection modes

The different modes are:
G – GPRS (32-40kbps)
E – EDGE (~96kbps)
3G – 3rd Generation (128-320kbps)
H – HSDPA (1.2Mbps-7.2Mbps)

Amusing YouTube video about Canon vs Nikon

Amusing YouTube video featuring Canon vs Nikon

Actually, the video is titled “Nikon Girl – Music Video : The Photo Club”

I think it’s pretty funny.

“oh ah – polish my lens girl”

Portrait Lighting – Broad and Short Lighting definition

Examples of Broad & Short Lighting | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_6642358_examples-broad-short-lighting.html

Short Lighting
Short lighting involves setting up lights so that the side of your subject’s face or surface that is farthest from the camera receives the most light. This creates the illusion of a narrower, slimmer face and is very useful in portrait photography. The reason for this is that because of the lights’ positioning, the face side nearest appears darker and almost “shadowed,” whereas the side facing away is illuminated. Short lights are also excellent for emphasizing features to create a dramatic floor. If you want to emphasize wrinkles, freckles, a scar, dimples or chiseled features, short lighting is the ideal option. When using this technique, make sure the majority of the face is in the shadow. Remember the key light (main light) is the dominant light source for this dramatic effect. When posing the subject, turn their face toward the light but not so much that the light falls straight on the face as this will wash out the effect.

Broad Lighting
Broad lighting illuminates more of the face—the portion that is facing the camera. This is essentially the opposite of short lighting. This will give the face a fuller appearance and works well when highlighting the subject against a dark background. Have your subject turn their head away from the light, exposing more of the lit face to the camera. This also makes the photo have a flatter appearance; there won’t be many shadowing effects.

Photography : things to read




Broad and Short Lighting

Bowens TV – Face Shaping

Adorama – Using a light meter

Seat Leon Brake service