Preparation And Final Proposal For Book Cover!

After lots of research, more research and debate about what will work and what won’t and swapping and changing my mind (a woman’s prerogative)  about how i would like my book cover to look.

It is time for me to get down to the nitty gritty.

The studio is booked for friday 11th april along with a model and makeup artist, all props sourced and purchased.

The final look for my Fairytale book as been inspired by the two following images.

Hope to create a stunning boo cover combining the two looks with my own Twist.

Snow Queen

book 2

Fingers crossed to a successful shoot!

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Comparing a Raw image with a JPeg image

Here I have shot the same image in both RAW and JPeg to show the comparisition of quality and flexability for post production between the two files for your final print

I have edited them both with the same settings in LightRoom and as you can see the RAW file as detained much more detail than the JPeg.

The JPeg image as lost more detail both in the foreground and background and now looks over exposed and out of focus.

The main reason you would shoot in JPeg would be to shoot sports, fast motion images, as the camera is quicker just shooting and saving images in JPeg, as a Raw image takes a slightly longer to save.

Raw

Apple Aperture 3

Operating requirements: Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later

Aperture is more of a Lightroom alternative than a Photoshop CS6 alternative, and if you’re a Mac user it might be just what you need. Aperture blends advanced features such as RAW processing, manual retouching, custom-printing elements, and tagging/organization tools with novice-friendly options such as facial recognition, geotagging, and one-click filters. Unlike Lightroom, Aperture does not offer built-in lens-distortion correction out of the box, but there are several Aperture plugins available on Apple’s site that offer that and many other features.

Earlier versions of Aperture were notoriously system-intensive, requiring a lot of processing power to run, but Aperture 3 is much improved. At $80 it’s hard to find much to complain about.

DxO Optics Pro 8

If you want automated, tailored-to-your-camera lens correction in your RAW-processing software, look no further than DxO Optics Pro.

This Lightroom alternative features an extensive database of camera/lens combinations, which you can activate as ‘modules’ to automate lens-correction, chromatic aberration, sharpening, vignetting, and noise-reduction fixes. The Standard edition’s database of lens/camera combinations is built to support everything from RAW-capable point-and-shoot cameras to consumer-level DSLRs, while the Elite edition is a better fit for those shooting with a full-frame DSLR or other professional-level kits. Optics Pro 8 takes some getting used to, but it’s an incredibly powerful tool and its lens corrections really do have to be seen to be believed. Be prepared to wait for new cameras and lens modules to be added, though DxO is getting better in this regard.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6648389507/10-photo-editing-programs-that-arent-photoshop

http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/dxo-optics-pro/whats-new

https://www.facebook.com/DxOLabs

Phase One Capture One Pro 7

There are plenty of reasons for enthusiast photographers to consider this RAW-processing package, too though, including excellent organization tools, speedy performance, and a unique focus-peaking preview that helps you identify the sharpest shots in your batch of photos. Like Lightroom and DxO Optics Pro, it also offers an extensive selection of noise-reduction, lens-correction, color-correction, and custom-printing tools. If its relatively high cost gives you pause, you can always download a free trial version and see how you get on.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6648389507/10-photo-editing-programs-that-arent-photoshop

http://blog.phaseone.com

http://www.phaseone.com/capture-one