Why I Love Photoshop Actions

I’m feeling kinda dull with my photographs lately. They lack so many things. Sharpness and composition particularly. I’m not very happy with my Australia photos at all. They’re not sharp. Argghh! I hate my kit lens because it’s heavy and not a fast lens. I’m thinking of just taking the 50mm lens for my next trip. Will I have difficulty manning this lens? I guess I’ll give it a try. I will have to move a lot and with the tight point of view (50mm lens), shooting a room (e.g.) will be difficult. Perhaps I shall get another fast prime lens.

What say you? Or do you have any good recommendation for me? I just wonder how ATFT did it? According to his portfolio he uses only 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Anyway what I wanna say is whatever I lack in my photography skill, Photoshop Actions helps me to achieve some sort of perfection (at least for my eyes). Hahaha

Wild Weeds
My sis initial reaction when I showed her this picture: HAH?
Me asked why HAH. She said where is your focus?
I don’t care. I like this picture.

Palm Leaves
Sis reaction: Not nice.
Me asked why. Sis said not sharp. I said coz wind blowing.
I like the way the leaves twist anyway.

Sis reaction: I like!
Me asked why. Sis said she loves the color.
It’s not sharp and got plenty of noises wor.
Sis said she likes the color. Doesn’t matter.

p/s: All photos above uses PS actions: define, sharpened & boost

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  • Reply tekkaus October 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Yeah! I agreed…if only I know how to photoshop too. πŸ™

  • Reply foongpc October 13, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I dun know how to use photoshop!!

  • Reply Jason October 13, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    Anyway, back to your “issue”, you said the 50mm has very tight view and yet you want to get a 85mm? Isn’t that even narrower? LOL. Shouldn’t you be getting, say, 35mm or 24mm prime for that wider perspective instead?

    As a photographer, you shouldn’t be blaming the kit lens for a not sharp picture. The kit lens should be able to produce decently sharp images if you have held it the right way and no shake. Of course, unless you zoom in like 100x to see that 1px, of course, it’s not going to be sharp. But for raw eyes, it should suits just fine.

    My idea is that you should have a steadier hand, breathing technique and how you hold your camera. πŸ™‚

  • Reply fufu October 14, 2010 at 1:48 am

    wow super nice! gotta teach me photoshop lah!!!

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 14, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Tekkaus & Foongpc, download and start learning lo. I learn by my own. Still at junior level. LOL

    Jason, opps already edit the post. Malunyaaaa. Hahahaha
    Oh yeah I know my hands are shaking when I click the shutter. But there is a different using fast and non-fast lens. Images are crispier and they have the umphh of the bokeh. First I need to ‘re-evaluate’ my hands. πŸ™‚

    Fufu, using actions is very simple. Just click at the action you want say ‘boost’ and then press the ‘play selection’ button. If you want other photoshop tricks… then I dunno. Haha I only know how to use this and some simple commands. Hehe

  • Reply Dawn October 14, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    The pictures are still good – in my eyes lah. PS just download for free? Thought you have to purchase it?

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Dawn, I guess we have pretty same taste?
    If ori then have to pay. I download from torrent site and yes free. πŸ™‚

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