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Old 21-05-2007, 14:29   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Wonder if one of you can answer this - probably a really stupid question but if you don't ask.......

I have heard of a technique called 'feathering' and not sure what this is.

I remember my wedding photographer (using an EOS 20D) used to flick the lens in the direction of sky/floor and then quickly bring the lens to bear on us before taking the shot. Is this feathering?

Have learned loads so far on this site so thanks to all already and I promise I will post some pics as soon as I have worked up the courage - it's a steep learning curve from where I am!

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Old 21-05-2007, 14:39   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Stupid Question?

No such thing as a stupid question Tim.

Feathering is a technique used in manipulation of images in order to blend two areas together smoothly. It gives a soft edge, the higher the setting, the softer the join.

I suspect your photographer was waving his camera about either in order to ensure the metering was reading correctly, or maybe taking readings from the sky (less probable) and ground and using those readings to take a shot.
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Old 21-05-2007, 16:13   #3 (permalink)
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Ta!

All makes sense, thanks as always.
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Old 21-05-2007, 17:24   #4 (permalink)
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I know people who take pictures that way, and then stand around and look at the wonderful art they just created. I must admit that once in awhile it might look good, but how many pictures do you take to get one? It's called impressionist photography. Is that what you meant? Do you have photoshop or an image editing program, like Graham says, they will feather out the edges for different effects,,,opaque to transparent or blend.
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Old 21-05-2007, 18:10   #5 (permalink)
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Not sure what impressionist photography is? The shots from our wedding were all pretty good and clear, well exposed etc but cerytainly not 'art'

I do have PS and whilst I have a very basic grasp of some of the simpler functions, like photography in general I am really at the beginning!
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Old 21-05-2007, 19:00   #6 (permalink)
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I think Boofers had his tongue in his cheek when he suggested the photographer was using an impressionist style. This is when the camera is set with a fairly long exposure and is then deliberately moved during the exposure to give a blurred streaky effect. This can then be viewed as modern art rather than a useless blurred streaky picture!
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I did get way off topic Graham ,,I understand now what was happening, Tim maybe I missed something but soft wedding style pictures are very nice. That gives me an idea, go to selections on the control board along the top and pick,,feather, what happens is that any selection made with a selection tool will have a soft edge, rather then a hard edge with no Feather,,,I know this doesn't make up for waving cameras to take a picture, but it is a real tool in photoshop,,,Cheers Oh and feel good about posting, you can get the most out of this site by bringing out your pictures.

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I have heard of a technique called 'feathering' and not sure what this is.
Only ever heard of it in Dabhand's context: technique in editing to blend in two edges

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I remember my wedding photographer (using an EOS 20D) used to flick the lens in the direction of sky/floor and then quickly bring the lens to bear on us before taking the shot. Is this feathering?
I'd say he was getting light readings from the sky, locking exposure and taking shot - to prevent sky being burned. I use this a fair bit in informal portrait and photocalls to ensure I expose to the brightest object
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Old 22-05-2007, 12:09   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks Markulous,

All clear now (no pun intended) I tried this technique of exposure locking the other day in the garden, it's amazing the different effects you can achieve!
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