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Peter Coats 1 year 8 months ago #733

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Hi I'm a new member to Birdlife Photography, as well as relatively new to bird photos. It has only been recently after a couple of W/Shops and acquiring some new equipment that I found myself being pulled into nature & bird photography. Posted my first image today and trust that it all went according to plan. Looking forward to going through some of the amazing photos here and hopefully being able to share some 1/2 reasonable ones from here in Brisbane.
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Peter Coats 1 year 8 months ago #735

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Good luck Bloke,
I'm new to this site as well and everyone that I've had contact with has accepted me and treated me with kindness.
Best way to get better at taking your pics is to get out and chase 'em mate, great way of enjoying the outdoors too!
It's amazing what you get to see when you are taking your time looking for things instead of just gazing away as you drive past.
Enjoy the bush mate and especially the birds, no other group of animals show such diversity and beautiful arrangements.
Bruce. . .
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Peter Coats 1 year 8 months ago #737

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Hi Peter,
Nice to meet you online and hope to have the pleasure of your company in the field some day. If you have any technical issues (camera or post-processing), questions of taste, birding ethics, picture composition or field craft, I am sure you will get some good advice on this forum. I look forward to seeing some of your pictures.
Cheers, Ian.
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Peter Coats 1 year 8 months ago #740

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Hi Peter
Welcome to Birdlife Photography (BLP) and our Forum. I've only been a member for a few years and have learnt a lot in that time thanks to help from others here, especially Ian Wilson. I had intially assumed that if I was able to capture a good in-focus image with my camera, there was little else to do other than convert to a jpg, downsize the image to meet BLP's size restrictions and upload it. I've pretty well deleted all the images where that's all I did. The key lesson I've learnt here is that post-processing is critical to turn a good captured image into a good uploaded photo. By that, I don't mean unnatural fiddling or faking things in the image but dealing with issues such as noise and fixing loss of sharpness that happens when images are downsized.

You may find it useful to look back on an article I wrote on basic image processing, which encapsulates what I've learnt. It appeared in the December 2015 newsletter (part 1) and example workflows in the April 2016 newsletter. You'll need to be logged in to access the latest newsletters which you'll find under the 'Resources' page.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to post them to the Forum. There are several Forum categories that might be suitable, especially "Improving your image".

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Glenn

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