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I wanted to show the forum members my new Photocube, courtesy of Aerogrower. Ray sent me one of his self made photocubes, and I absolutely love it! I am very impressed with the quality and professional finish on this cube. Now when I post pics of fossils I will always have this 1 inch cube on hand for size comparison. Ray, Thank-you so much for your generosity! Here are some pics, 1st a Herkimer Diamond and the rest some trilos
-Andy- posted a topic in Fossil PhotographyIt's not always easy to take great photos of your fossils. Often, we have to deal with poor lighting and bad angles. Here's a quick guide to improving the quality of your photos with Photoshop. (Note: this is not to say you can just work with any crappy photo. Taking a decent shot helps save you a great deal with time, since photoshop editing would be minimal.) 1) I've taken a photo of my ammonite. Unfortunately, I lack a specialized lighting system, and the sun wasn't helpful. So it's up to Photoshop to fix this. 2) Fire up your Levels editor tool (CTRL + L). You'll find it under Image > Adjustments > Levels. You want to make use of all available input levels. Drag the slider to do so (see red arrow). 3) Now, use sample in image to capture white point. Use the tool and click on any white spot in your photo. 4) Looking better, isn't it? And that was done with just the level editor tool in literally 10 seconds 5) Crop your image. People mainly want to see the fossil, so go ahead and crop out the background, stand, and your hand etc; use your discretion, retain what is necessary to give the photo a scale of size, while getting rid of anything else that distracts. Add a scale bar (stick to CM or inch) with the Horizontal Type tool (T) and Rectangular Marquee tool (M). 6) This step is optional; adjust brightness and contrast as you like. But don't over-adjust your photo! We want the fossil to look as natural as possible! 7) And we are done! Easy, wasn't it? As said at the beginning, do try to take good photos if you can. Leave photoshop as a last resort. Here's a chart to working with Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Take note of the difference in lighting and sharpness. If you lack Photoshop, you can download GIMP for free; the same general concept applies to it too > https://www.gimp.org/ If you have any questions or requests about Photoshop, feel free to ask me