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Neodigital Art | Artistic editing


Darlaston is a local town with quite a few Victorian buildings, so we wandered around there a couple of years ago taking a few photos. These pictures can be edited and the ‘modern’ things taken out to give the picture a real Victorian look.

This is the original photograph taken by Simon James:

Around Darlaston Monday 26 July 2011 (6)

This photo is quite dark and atmospheric. It was a very warm and sunny day, but the shot was into the sun and I think the sun was behind that building and so there are lots of shadows. That’s me crossing the road on the left. I wanted a shot from farther up the street! I know it was very warm that day, because I was wearing a tee shirt.

Around Darlaston Monday 26 July 2011 EDIT

This is the same shot with contrast added and made lighter. I think each picture has a different mood.


This is an interesting shot, because Simon’s camera has more definition than mine. I added contrast to the shot, but it’s still slightly blurred. Lack of contrast is a problem with bridge cameras and smaller cameras. The image can lose sharpness because of camera shake, poor quality lens and vibration.

Bradley 010

This is one of my recent pictures and you can see the bark on the tree, but the figure in the background is hardly noticeable. Definition for landscape shots isn’t very important, you can still get a pleasing photo. You do need more definition for pictures of people though. The definition of the camera is in megapixels and the higher ones are better. The better quality lenses make a difference and you can also try to reduce camera shake and vibration. Just leaning against something can reduce camera shake. Of course, you can use a tripod for really sharp pictures.

I will be looking more at getting sharper picture in future posts, probably starting next week; if I get a few shots with my new camera before then. Yes, I have a new camera on order with about 5 times the definition that my present camera has, so I can review that and do all sorts of fancy shots! The pictures should enlarge much better too.

Please share you thoughts in the comments box. You can ask questions too!

4 responses

  1. Hi Mike, I’m excited for your new camera! I can’t wait to see the pictures that you will be taking with it. It would be interesting to see side-by-side pictures, the same shot with your new and old cameras to see the difference in the quality of the images.

    Today the top photo is my favorite. I love the old world charm pf Darlaston. Did you use Fotosketcher for the editing?

    The third one, with the lighter contrast also has an impact. The people seem more important in that picture, it seems to tell a story and leave you wondering if they are talking to each other and what they are saying.

    18, June 2013 at 1:32 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      That’s me in the blue jeans and tee shirt. I was probably telling Simon that he wouldn’t get a decent shot from there!

      The new camera has VR, vibration reduction and a few more gadgets, so it’ll be interesting to test it out. They are advertising the same camera with a 300mm lens for a bargain price, but with no VR. I decided to wait and see what difference it makes before having a 300mm lens. I have a list of building and places to photograph in high resolution now! 🙂

      I did read the post on Instagram. I’ll have to try it. I share mostly on Facebook and make them public. I want to share more on Twitter. I have lots of accounts and forget the log ins. I keep meaning to put some photos on Flickr but forget. I might be able to put some high resolution ones in photo libraries and the Getty library uses Flickr. I really want my exhibition though! Now I’m an art critic, who knows? I might get noticed! 🙂

      18, June 2013 at 3:19 pm

  2. By the way, yesterday’s post at The Wonder of Tech was on Instagram and I’m very curious about your thoughts on that.

    18, June 2013 at 1:34 pm

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