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NPhoto - - Over To You -

I have two as­ser­tions to make re­gard­ing N-Photo is­sue 72. First, con­cern­ing the busi­ness of well­known lo­ca­tions as ref­er­enced in your Road Trip fea­ture. While I agree that there is of­ten space for all who ar­rive for sun­rise/sun­set, on many oc­ca­sions you can set up early with a tri­pod only for ‘Johnny-come-lately’ to ar­rive and stand right in front of you. You can ask him/her to move, but what will en­sue is a lec­ture about how I don’t own the land and he/she can stand wher­ever they like. The sit­u­a­tion is, in my opin­ion, get­ting worse.

Se­condly, the ar­ti­cle on repli­cat­ing mo­tion blur in shots by post­pro­cess­ing in Pho­to­shop; what is the point? Just take the shot cor­rectly in the first place! I feel your ex­am­ple is poor, as it just looks like an out-of­fo­cus/ cam­era moved photo. I have been tak­ing such shots for years and en­joy the process and re­sults, although I’m well aware that many don’t. I took this one in a blue­bell wood re­cently, for ex­am­ple. Dun­can Ste­ward,via Face­book of the most im­por­tant, es­pe­cially when shoot­ing at a well-known lo­ca­tion. We’ve found that people are usu­ally just un­aware that they are in the way, and they will po­litely move when asked.

In re­gards to the mo­tion blur pro­cess­ing tech­nique; get­ting the shot right in-cam­era is, of course, a valu­able step to be­com­ing a bet­ter pho­tog­ra­pher, but learn­ing new post-pro­cess­ing tech­niques is never a bad thing ei­ther. Learn­ing a new skill – whether in pho­tog­ra­phy or Pho­to­shop – usu­ally pays div­i­dends fur­ther down the road. Sorry to hear that you’ve en­coun­tered such prob­lems, Dun­can. Eti­quette is one of the less-talked-about as­pects of pho­tog­ra­phy, but it’s prob­a­bly one

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