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Louise Souchereau
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/10/2005
 

Editor Pick


Hi everybody

I want to know if we received a email when one of our picture is chosen for Editor's Pick.

I never receive a notification about this, is it normal? cause everything else like comments and responds on my pictures and other one, I do received it.

thanks


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12/12/2011 4:22:57 PM

 
Lynn R. Powers   No, they do not email you when a photo is selected for Editors Pick. The total number of entries per month range between 12,000-20,000 depending on the weather and time of year. Forty percent receive EFPs. That is a lot of emails to send out. However when your photo is selected for Finalist and also for Winner 2nd Place and Winner you will be notified. They also notify you if your photo is selected for Photo of the Day, I think. (there you go again Lynn) :)

So check your entries frequently to see if you did get an EFP. One of mine didn't get picked until two weeks after I submitted it.


Lynn


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12/12/2011 5:32:47 PM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  Thank you so much Lynn... I understand now .. too much emails to send out. For the rest .. I do not expect to receive notification for finalist, winner 2nd place or more.. Too much wonderful talent here, I'm not in competition with all theses stunning pictures from all the talented photographs here.
Thanks again for answering me so fast.
Have nice Christmas Holliday


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12/12/2011 5:50:26 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Louise, you under value yourself. I looked at your gallery; you have some beautiful photos.

One suggestion that I might make is to get your horizon straight. In the Caraibes file there are several where the horizon is obviously slanted. That is the kiss of death.

But there is no reason why you can't get a finalist. Many times the photo you least expect to get a finalist does. That has happened to me a couple of times and judging from comments, it also happens to others.


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12/15/2011 2:01:13 PM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  Hello Ken.. thank you for encouraging me.. but this morning, I receive an email telling me that one of my photo was finalist... I can not believe it. and as you tell, it is a photo that I didn't expected to be in finalist. And as you tell me for the horizon of my picture, I know that I have a problem with this.. and I don't know exactly why, I think it is my eyes or sometime I thing it is my old Olympus who is not working good. but each time I take a picture I try to look against the horizon and deception.. it is still not straight.. Thank you for giving me suggestion and comment, I appreciate a lot from a photographer like you.
I will be more confident :-) . I am surprised and pleased of my Finalist.
Have a nice evening


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12/15/2011 2:32:45 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Congratulations on the finalist. I am not surprised.

Re the horizon, nobody relies only on their hands and eyes. Every photo editor and viewer has some way to straighten photos. I use that a lot and I am sure everyone else does, too.

It is very easy to straighten a photo. there is no reason to have photos that have the horizon anything but straight.


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12/15/2011 2:38:12 PM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  I will try to believe in Santa CLaus :-)
but one day I hope to have a cool camera to make better pictures, Thanks Ken again.


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12/15/2011 2:39:17 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Louise, your pictures are fine with your present camera. Getting a new camera has nothing to do with slanted horizons and will not make horizons straight.

The photo viewer I use is the Faststone image viewer. It is free. It includes some basic editing tools. I use Photoshop Elements for most editing, but I straighten and resize photos using the tools in Faststone.

Faststone is free. You can get it here.
http://www.faststone.org/index.htm

Do yourself a favor and straighten those photos.

So that you understand, what the process is: Faststone turns the photo to whatever extent is necessary to straighten the horizon. You are the one who determines how much is needed using a slider. When you are satisfied and click ok, then the faststone program crops off what is necessary to make the finished photo have a level horizon. It is one of the most simple things you can do to improve your photos.


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12/15/2011 3:47:43 PM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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  Louise, Ken is right -- the most expensive camera in the world will still give crooked horizons if you don't hold the camera straight.

One thing to check: wearing a purse or a bag on the shoulder while shooting might be a factor, particularly if your slant is always in the same direction. That's why I use a backpack, particularly when I'm not using a tripod.

And no matter how hard I try (and I have good equipment) my horizons are sometimes a little off. That's what post-processing's for. So don't be discouraged.


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12/15/2011 4:06:24 PM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  Thank you both of you to help me. I get free faststone but unfortunetely I try to see where I can straighten the horizon but I don't find it.. I put a picture and try to make some changes and it work fine but for the horizon I did'nt see where I could do this ...I'm still looking and I can resize but not put the horizon straight. Thanks again and if I find the way I will surely try it.


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12/15/2011 6:23:51 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Louise, open the photo then slide your mouse across the photo over to the left side of the screen. A drop down menu will open. Not too far down the list you will see "rotation, resize and straighten". Click on "straighten". A window will open and using the slider you can straighten the horizon There are guide lines across the photo to help you. Before clicking "Ok", click on the "full screen preview" so you can see if you have corrected too much or not enough. Either, click on "close" at bottom of full screen preview to get back to correction window. then either click on Ok or make further corrections.

If you need further help, please let me know.


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12/16/2011 4:13:19 AM

 
Tom R. Fleeman   Hi Louise,
You are much to hard on yourself. I just looked at your gallery and you have some really nice photos and you could be in competition with anyone. Just keep taking shots and learn more everyday. Photography is so rewarding, it will never get old.

Tom


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12/16/2011 9:00:50 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Thank you, Ken. I have had FastStone Image Viewer for years and recommend it often. I particularly like the way the crop tool functions since I like to put the Ro3 grid on and love the way it follows the size and shape of the crop you are trying out rather than remaining static on the basic image. However, the one thing I have always regretted was not having a straightening tool there. I just double checked. My version does not have this. I have had FastStone for years -- maybe it's time to download a newer version LOL I'm sure glad to know the straighten option is in some versions as I agree with you and Kay. No matter how hard I try, my horizon is often tilted and not intentionally. I always check and fix it in post processing.


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12/17/2011 1:22:27 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Nikki, you must have an extremely old version. I have been using Faststone for many years and have always been able to straighten photos.

I have other editing tools and have tried other viewers but for cropping and straightening Faststone is the easiest and best.


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12/17/2011 4:11:53 PM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  Tom... thank you for your encouraging comments

Ken... I think that I have not the good version but I take the one on the site you gave me. I try to find straighten function and I don't have it. THank you to help me. What is the version that you have?


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12/17/2011 9:10:23 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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When you go to the page I linked you to, there are several programs offered. The one on the top is the one you want. Version 4.6 is being offered and that is what I have.

Open a photo in Faststone. Slide your cursor acrpss the open photo
toward left side (your left) of the monitor so that the menu opens. The
menu has several major divisions. The one at the top is "File &
Slideshow". The major division below that has the heading "Rotation,
Resize & Text". The first thing under that is "Rotate: Left Right
Straighten". Click on straighten and the window to use for
straightening photos will open.

On older versions, "other" was used instead of "straighten". If your's says "Rotate: Left Right Other" click on "Other". But first make sure you have Faststone Image Viewer version 4.6.

Let me know how you make out.


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12/18/2011 6:16:49 AM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  Thanks Ken, I'm not home but as soon as I can try what you show me, I will let you know.. thanks a lot for helping me this way.


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12/18/2011 2:03:22 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  I had some email correspondence with Nikki who posted above. She couldn't find it either. But now she has it, found under "other". She had an older version, 4.2. I have 4.6 and now it is "straighten". I suppose this is because others couldn't find the straightener either.

Regarding the above instructions, it really isn't necessary to drag the mouse across the open photo. Just move to the left side of the screen and the menu will open.


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12/18/2011 2:09:42 PM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  Yahoo .. finally I find it .. my god even with your direction.. I had difficulty to find it.. I am not to good in thoses kind of thing. I will try this tonight :-) .. thanks to you again Ken .. I will show you one.. a straight one :-) ...

And thanks to encouraging me all of you

Have a nice evening


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12/18/2011 6:22:16 PM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  Hi Ken ... I did one .. Blue and Rust (2e) there is a big difference with the old one. I leave both of them in Album caraibes ... Thanks my picture will be much more straight like this... Fantastic and I have many others pictures with the same problem that I was going to detele in my computer. Super... thanks again for your help.


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12/18/2011 7:01:22 PM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Looks much better. Now people can enjoy the photo without thinking that the horizon is not straight.

What I like about the tool is that it frees me from agonizing over whether camera perfectly level when I take a picture, enabling me to get the shot when the opportunity presents itself knowing I can easily make the correction in post processing.


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12/19/2011 4:12:22 AM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  Thanks Ken.. you are right, it looks better now.. because of you :-) and I will do as you do.. take the picture and no stress knowing that I can easely make the correction and something we have to take it fast if me don't want to miss what we see, so I will use this again if I need to fix some pictures. Your help is very appreciate. Have a nice evening


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12/20/2011 6:46:00 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  My two cents... definitely take the picture without too much stress, sure---but do TRY to get as straight a horizon in the captures as possible. (If you believe your viewfinder is "off"---so what looks level to your eye in the viewfinder, always comes out tilted to the left or right, you may want to compensate for that when you're shooting, if you can't get the viewfinder alignment fixed at a shop.)
Straightening an image in software almost always involves the loss of some of the image area (via cropping) and/or degrades image quality (by stretching the image, or adding new pixels to fix the scene) depending on how severely crooked the horizon is, and how much correction the software has to do.


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12/21/2011 5:43:22 AM

 
Louise Souchereau
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  Hello Christopher... I understand and of course I will take all my picture as straight a as possible, like I always do.. and I understand also that we can lost some of the image area, I did two picture and ny chance it was so little the area that I lost. Thanks Christopher for helping me


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12/21/2011 6:55:19 AM

 
Kenneth De Pree
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  Christopher makes a valid point, the straightening of the image does involve some cropping. Keeping that in mind, don't completely fill the frame with the image so that you have a little "extra" to play with in post processing.

It also depends somewhat on what you are shooting. If your subject is a still figure then you can easily get the horizon level or almost so. However, if you are shooting action, where the subject is moving, then taking time for perfection with respect to level may cost you the best shots.

I find that when I have to level in post processing it is almost always somewhere between 0 and 2. This does not result in a lot of cropping.

With respect to my use Faststone Image Viewer, I also use it for resizing photos, such as downsizing to meet the size requirements of BP (800x600). I click on "Quick Resize" in the same menu as "Straighten", then click on 800x600. Then to compensate for some sharpness lost in the resizing I move down on the menu to "sharpen/blur" and move the slider to the right to 4 or 6, depending on what I think is needed. If you did not sharpen the image in post processing before resizing, then more sharpening may be needed.


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12/21/2011 9:46:09 AM

 
Louise Souchereau
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/10/2005
  Hi Ken, You are really a good prof for me :-) thank you for all the information. I will do my best with all the new indication you give me. Have a nice Christmas Night .. thanks again.


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12/24/2011 6:25:14 PM

 
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