With so many pictures flying around the internet, you want to make sure that your photos don't get ripped off, or at the very least people are aware who produced them and who owns the copyright.
Just for clarification, unless someone buys the copyright from you-all the pictures you produce are owned by you and should not be reproduced without your permission. We are of course getting into greyish areas here now, with so much social media pictures get shared, and you may want to share your pictures to promote your business or whatever. So, here is a quick way to put a copyright symbol.....
....onto your pictures using photoshop and saving it to a size that is easily viewable but not big enough to rip off.
1 open your picture in photoshop
2 select the type tool (big T on the left toolbar) and highlight where you want to start typing on the picture. You may want to place it somewhere that is tricky for someone to photoshop out.
3 For PC hold down the Alt key while pressing the keys 0169 © will magically appear then type your name or business after it. If you want to make it a different colour click on the text colour box at the top of the page and choose one that is readable on your picture.
For Mac the magic code is Option + G
4. Now if you don't want it to be too obtrusive, go to the Layers panel and move the opacity slider down until
you have the level you want-try it, but around 40-50% is usually pretty good.
5 Then go to the Layers menu at the top of the page and Flatten the image.
6. Now time to re-size and save it. Go to Image > size
Select resolution and set it at 72dpi. This will reduce the pixels to something readable on a
computer/pad /phone screen but that's all. Save this as a jpeg Quality 7 with a name you will
remember. You now have an image with your hard earned © emblazoned on it and a good size
to upload but not rip-off.
That's all folks. Enjoy sharing
© Lynn Keddie
At last, there is a splash of colour on the ground, our long and wet winter (in the UK anyway) is coming to an end. I suspect a lot of damage has been done by the water-logged, cold ground and some plants won't have survived. It's difficult to believe that this time last year a hose-pipe ban was announced and now we seem to have more water than we know what to do with (for now at least).
So I turn to spring flowers - a real joy to look at but what about photographing? Not my favourite - often low to the ground and with plenty of bare earth around which never looks good in a shot.
So how do you get the best shots?
Well, unless they are in pots and you can focus on the flower rather than the form it's all about getting down, and dirty. Yes-photographing prone, lying on your stomach....on the cold damp earth.
I have tried all sorts to make things easier. I bought, at great expense an angle finder for my Canon. This I discovered was more awkward than lying flat-I wouldn't recommend it, in fact if you want to buy one...
I have tried little bean bags to prop up my camera - with moderate success and getting my tripod really low, bad for the knees. For me the best solution is this:
-One camera set on the lowest ISO you can get away with to render a sharp image - which is probably going to be 400 minimum and maybe more if the light is low.
-A macro lens or equivalent I use a long lens to capture details too.
and the magic ingredient...
-One old shower curtain. I have experimented with all sorts of waterproof stuff, ground sheets, exercise mats etc etc. But a cheap flexible shower curtain is easy to drag around and easy to clean. Washing line, hose.
-A lot and I mean a lot of patience, holding your camera very still, I usually prop it up on one hand holding the lens and snap with the other. I usually end up grumbling about snot drops (aka snow drops) as I work. Yes, I know they are beautiful but to photograph?
So there you have it. A professionals trick for photographing flowers that are low to the ground. Not rocket science and definitely not glamorous but it gets the results.
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