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  1. mal

    mal TPF Noob!

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    Hi, my name's Mal Chadwick. I've been interested in photography for a long time now, but have only recently had the time and money to pursue it as a serious interest. I spent a little while browsing a few photography forums, but I was attracted by this one as there seems to be a wide range of different people and photographic styles here, as well as a friendly kind of atmosphere.

    I'm especially keen on macro and abstract photography - I like using photographs to present everyday things on an unusual scale or from an unconventional perspective. As well as this, I love to photograph my other main hobby - rollerblading, so hopefully I'll be able to bring some subject matter that some of you might not have encountered before. Hopefully we'll be able to share some ideas and inspiration.

    While I'm here, I have a question: what's this site's policy on Photoshop? I know that it's enormously useful for improving photos outside of the camera, but I've come across a number of people (I guess you could call them purists) who consider photoshopping a picture as unnacceptable, and the mark of a poor photographer. I suppose the logic is that you should be able to get it right at the time. How do you guys feel about the issue?
     
  2. Chase

    Chase I am now benign! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome.

    Generally speaking, I believe you'll find that just about every person here (that does much digitally) uses photoshop to some extent and finds it to be very similar to the process most photographers go through in the darkroom. Most people when doing darkroom work touch up the final print just the way many digital photographers do in photoshop. Hope that helps a little! :)
     
  3. mal

    mal TPF Noob!

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    That's helpful, thanks. Is it convention to 'declare' whether a photo you've posted has been photoshopped?

    Also seeing as most people seem to state what their camera 'setup' is in their intro post, here's mine. My camera is a Fujifilm Finepix S20 Pro. For night time skate photography, I use a 25 year old Olympus hotshoe flash, which seems to work fine, but I'm looking into slave flashes as well, because with skate photography, I find that the optimum angle of illumination is not the same as the optimum place to take the picture from.

    I've never actually used a film camera - I've shot digital since day one. I'm keen to try it out one day, but right now it's prohibitively expensive and time consuming.
     
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    ferny TPF Noob!

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    Welcome to the forum. :)

    Most users here don't care what you do, they look at the photo. Some people here don't like photoshop. But they won't dismiss your photo or you for using it. They just choose not to use it themselves.

    You'll notice something odd about this site if you stay a while. No-one has a chip on their shoulder and there isn't a single tosser.
     
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    Hertz van Rental TPF Noob!

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    Welcome to TPF
     
  6. aggiezach

    aggiezach Yup...

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    Howdy yo! Welcome to the forum!

    Zach :D
     
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    Aoide TPF Noob!

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    Welcome to the forums mal. I think you will quite enjoy it here.

    I'm pretty sure I agree with this statement except somebody will have to explain tosser to me. :roll: :lol:
     
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    airgunr TPF Noob!

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    Welcome! You'll like it here :)
     
  9. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum!!! I agree with what Ferny says as well! :)

    You'll love it here.
     
  10. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    welcome mal! :D
     
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    Picksure TPF Noob!

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    ferny is 100% right. Its the reason I have stayed with this place.


    Welcome in!
     
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    mrsid99 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Welcome aboard Mal from an avid "Photoshop" user!
     

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