Hi Internet (photography bloggers particularly),

I really need your help. About half the time I take a photograph, photoshop it, then post it to the web, the detail and colors are totally washed out.  It’s as if I didn’t photoshop it at all.

I already tried: assigning the sRGB color profile. I already tried save for web on high quality settings. What Am I Missing?!

Oh, I will add that the color change is most prominent when I use photomatix to make an HDR photo.  The HDR qualities are completely lost when I open the photograph in firefox.  I use a mac, and I’m using the trial version of photoshop (I know, don’t judge). I shoot with a Canon Rebel xsi.

Can someone please tell me what I’m missing? I’d be so very grateful. Until then I’m too embarrassed to put up any of my pictures because let’s face it without photoshop they’re pretty crappy.

Ever yours,

T

My Actual HDR #2

September 12, 2008

when i convert to PNG all the intensity is lost. here’s a PDF (i Know, i know) of what it should look like

Yes this is the PDF file

Hm. It looks a little dead here. It’s way more vibrant in Lightroom. I guess it’s because the poor darling photograph when through like 500 reincarnations– RAW to TIFF to PNG to JPG.  Well um I guess I’m semi-proud but the fruits of my 3 hour labor aren’t really apparent in this particular blog post.

Btw, my computer is angry with me and is playing the passive aggressive game. It’s obviously mad because I didn’t buy apple care for it. How do you get your HDR images onto the intarwebs? As soon as I open the JPG in firefox all the HDR qualities are gone; SO weird

HDR image #1: massive fail

September 10, 2008

i downloaded the trial version of photomatix with great zeal, ready to make my first HDR photo! i then positioned my camera on my desk– because i have no tripod– and took a picture of my room, because i was lazy and semi-skeptical that the camera would do the auto exposure bracketing correctly. Lo, it did do it correctly!

i uploaded the photos onto my computer only to find that iPhoto does NOT support RAW files. damn. so i hopped on over to the PC part of my laptop (split hard drive) and uploaded them into photoshop. except photoshop 7 ALSO does not support RAW files. woot.

whatever, i then realized all i needed was photomatix to open the files, so i re-downloaded the trial for my PC and opened the RAW files in it! i created the HDR image using the awesome tutorial at VanillaDays. and. it. was. suck. my composition was horrific, the lighting was awful, i didnt really know what i was doing with the adjustments, and my computer was Freaking Out.

the photo was so shameful that i won’t even post it here. damn.

i need: a tripod, LATEST version of photoshop for mac, photomatix non-trial, and practice pratice practice. so far, so discouraging. what a shame.

now, back to telecommunications law and policy reading 🙂