Printing Masterclass – Getting Started

This is our first video in a new Printing Masterclass series, future episodes will deal with printer types, printer sizes,  inks, media, profiles, custom profiles, banner printing, archiving, limited edition printing etc. In fact if you want us to cover  any aspect of printing then leave your message on the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Printing Masterclass – Getting Started

in association with EPSON UK

photograph © Costas

Costas has sent in this picture “Going for a dip” which he took on a recent holiday with the following notes.

The picture is a 4 shot vertical panorama; unplanned and had to be shot quickly to capture my wife and friends who were unaware I was shooting them.

One of the improvements I will be making before I get this printed is to remove the figure in red and blue who is ahead of the tri0

Settings used in Lightroom on individual RAW images, are as below – changes made to one image then the 4 synchronized.

Camera profile correction was set to – Enable. I normally have this off because I like the slight vignette my lenses provide and often add more. For panorama’s its best to get lens imperfections removed before stitching.

Sharpening; amount 25, radius 1.0, detail 25, masking 0/ This was sufficient to provide a small amount of “input sharpening”

Tone curve “Linear” Exposure  -0.25,   whites  +23

White balance in the camera I keep set to “daylight” , The Lightroom setting was “As Shot”

The 4 images were exported from Lightroom as processed TIFFs into Microsoft ICE for stitching. The resulting image was saved as a TIFF

The resulting panorama was then processed in Lightroom with the following settings; White balance set to Temp  -4,  to give a slightly cooler look. Exposure to +0.48, contrast +14, highlights -45, whites +11, blacks +1, Clarity +36, vibrance +28, saturation +19

Tone curve : Medium contrast and no further global sharpening. These settings result in just a small of shadow and highlight clipping.

All the above are global changes, additional work required is to apply local changes as follows. Graduated filter to modify the foreground – not sure what yet ! Local contrast, blurring and sharpening using the adjustment brush to enhance some detail and suppress other detail.

Final version as demonstrated in the video



Thank you Costas for sending this picture in, I have included a very simple video tutorial at the top of this page, showing a few basic corrections.

Photographs can be split into several groups, holiday shots, family & friends shots and creative – experimental shots. I feel that your picture falls into all three groups.

As a holiday shot it works well, it shows the small bay, a great shot of what looks like a nice quite spot. As a family and friends shot, well that doesn’t totally work for me, I would want to see more detail, I would friends or other family members to recognise the people in the picture, they are a bit too distant and with their backs to the camera.

As a creative shot. Well you have pulled the stops out on this one, a panorama comprising of four upright shots which has been well executed and I couldn’t even find the joins. Until I read Costas notes I wasn’t aware that it was a panorama. For those who haven’t shot  a panorama in the upright mode, this offers less distortions as you can use a longer focal length lens, you are also capturing more image detail.  The downside is that you have to capture more images to make up the wide shot. I feel that four shots is perhaps not enough to produce a true panoramic shot, I would normally shoot a minimum of six or eight upright shots to produce a wide shot, of course this would depend on what else is to the left or right of the scene. The panorama effect in this picture is perhaps lost on the viewer, we would expect to see a greater expanse.

There has been a lot of image tweaking and it is showing in the image. Generally you should try to make a scene looks as natural as possible, unless of course you are doing things for effect. This image has a bit too much colour saturation and vibrancy, which could easily be knocked back. The clouds have picked up too much blue and the sea looks postcard blue, although I suspect that perhaps it was this colour. To me the eye is drawn to the blue expanse of the sea and I would have liked a point of interest in this spot, maybe some photoshop magic and put a boat in this spot. I know this is cheating, but if Constable can paint in a few extra trees then I am sure Costa can add a boat or two.

I mention on the video that it is equally important to leave out unnecessary elements in any picture and made some crops. However, since making the video and after some further thoughts, I could have been a bit more severe with my cropping and have come up with the following crop. For me this says enough about the place and yet still retains the mood of a peaceful setting.

Costas photograph final crop version

Let us know your thoughts.


This photograph was taken at Bunlin Bay Co. Donegal by photo-i reader Colin. He used a Canon 20D with a 24-105 L IS lens. The Heron was taken a short time earlier at a similar location cut out and inserted to the picture to add some foreground interest. The photo is actually a panorama of four upright pictures and joined together in Photoshop CS4. Hope this is of interest to other readers.

This is a superb shot by Colin, using the Tiffen Filter set I have added a Polarizing filter to bring out  the blue in the sky. The heron adds a nice touch to the overall picture, although I didn’t notice  it at first,  . There are many things happening all around us and often we miss them because we are looking at the bigger picture. Colin could have waited for a month of Sundays before a heron or other creature walked into the picture, fortunately Photoshop or PaintShop Pro gives us the option to add or remove anything to an image. There is nothing wrong with that, afterall I am sure Constable painted a few more trees in his landscape paintings.

Colin has also used a technique of stitching together four upright shots, this is a technique that I have been using for years. The temptation is always to shoot horizontally and then stitch. By shooting upright you can use a slightly longer focal length lens which will eliminate some of the wide angle lens distortions .

A great shot Colin, thanks for sharing. Leave your comments below or on our forum Bunlin Bay

I have added Colin’s original submission below.

The original version as submitted by Colin- photographs © Colin MrGregor


Colin, a member of the photo-i forum has posted this stunning image of Doo Lough Ireland, it has inspired other members to have their say and add some variations. Colin added an alternative colour variation – below

Doo-Lough colour variation

I personally don’t think the shot needs the moon and the water reflection is not too convincing either. I have put the two images together as layers and used a mask to hide various elements. I also added a light blue photo filter in Photoshop to add some coolness to the water. To finish off I also added a Levels adjustment later with a mask to selectively bring out details in the hills and boat.

Post your comment below or on the photo-i forum

Doo Lough by Colin


This version was manipulated using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2

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