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John Davenport
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There’s a lot of people out there who will tell you that if you don’t get a shot correct in camera that you’re doing it wrong by trying to turn it around in post production. Others go so far as to tell you to put the camera down all together, trust me I’ve seen it. I say that if you’re learning there’s no better way to do so than by trying to save an image you misfired on.

By performing these kinds of manipulations in post production you’re learning a great deal about what a well composed photograph should look like, you’re seeing how different light and temperature levels will effect your photographs, and you’re learning what the capabilities of your post production software are. While I do agree that these lessons should be transferred to the field at some point – i.e. don’t rely on post production to fix your problems forever – these kinds of exercises are invaluable to the learning photographer.

It's amazing how a simple crop and a few adjustments inside the basic tab of Lightroom can take an image from blah to something else. Watch the video of this transformation inside this post.
There’s a lot of people out there who will tell you that if you don’t get a shot correct in camera that you’re doing it wrong by trying to turn it around in post production. Others go so far as to tell you to put the camera down all together, trust me I’ve seen it. …
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+john gury thanks for the info. It doesn't look like you did much of a crop at all? Hard to tell on the small image from the site, but if that's the case than I guess it was better composed than I'd thought.

Remember anything about the way the photo was captured (ie tripod not being level or the perspective the lighthouse was framed) is a mute point as we aren't talking about composition, but rather how to fix something in post if you couldn't reshoot.

I get that you don't like the composition of the shot, but I purposely picked something that wasn't composed well to work on otherwise there isn't a whole lot to talk about. Let me know if I'm misunderstanding something, but from what you keep saying it sounds more like you just don't like the original shot and are saying that there's nothing that can be done to save it?
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My new project - should be a lot of fun! Help spread the word :)
 
Morning folks! Here's all the info on the NEW community editing project by Phogropathy. Hope you'll spread the word!
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Let's Edit 24 is now on the blog. Step behind the scenes with me and learn how I set up some of my shots - http://
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+John Davenport This is a great post, however this community is for Photoshop and Lightroom discussion only.  unfortunately I must remove this post.  Please read the rules for this community.  There is a Photo Tips community that this would be perfect for.  

Thank you for your understanding
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The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

Did anyone see them last night? If not, you'll have to settle for this.....

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While there are amazing tone-mapping software available which specialize in this sort of practice, HDR photographs can be created inside of Lightroom 4 and greater by using a simple plugin from HDRSoft. Download it at the bottom of this page. (It’s $29 to buy a license, but is free to try).

It’s a pretty neat little process that allows you to select three or more images from your Lightroom catalog and then merge them together to create a 32-bit floating point TIFF file allowing you access to all the great things you love about editing photos in Lightroom.

You get much higher detail out of the photographs and it allows you to capture more dynamic range than just one image. I’ve almost switched over entirely from using Photomatix 5.0 as it’s just so much faster to edit photographs directly inside Lightroom and not break my workflow.

For a full look at the plugin in action – watch the video at the bottom of this post - http://www.phogropathy.com/create-true-hdr-photos-lightroom-using-simple-plugin/
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Want Sharper Photos? Do you fall victim to these six sharpness stealing thieves? 

#1 – You Don't Know The Shutter Speed Rule
#2 – You Use Cheap and Poor Quality Lens Filters
#3 –  You Have Too Much Confidence in Your Tripod
#4 – You Don't Know What Diffraction Is and Where it Comes From
#5 – You’re terrified of shooting at higher than ISO 400
#6 – You’re simply being lazy

Find out how to fix them all inside.
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I think it is fair to also include in this list Post Processing Sharpening - this pays a particularly important role when resizing for the web or for print.
A couple of key points,  for web sized images, progressive sharpening produces very good results - for print images often pushing the sharpening a bit further resuls in a better looking print.
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Today on +Phogropathy
 
I had fun with this photo in Lightroom. See the before image and learn what I did here - http://www.phogropathy.com/foggy-morning-sunrise/
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Don't wait any longer - this deal ends tomorrow! That's right less than 15 hours left to get yourself buckets full of eBooks, video courses, presets, actions, and more all for only $89. 

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Are you a procrastinator? Do you always wait until the last minute?

Don't wait any longer - this deal ends tomorrow! That's right less than 15 hours left to get yourself buckets full of eBooks, video courses, presets, actions, and more all for only $89. 

Jumpstart your photography now and get in on this deal - Find out the info and buy before it's too late!

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Hello! My name is John and I am the founder of a little website known as Phogropathy. You can also find my work on Digital Photography School from time to time.
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    Chemistry, 2002 - 2008