03-03-2016 11:26 AM
Good luck with the Tokina.
I have noticed a pattern to the vignetting with that Sigma 150-500. When I'm manually setting the entire exposure, I like to slightly under expose by 1/3 of a stop, to avoid saturating highlights and clipping the signal.
The vignetting is more pronounced on slighlty under exposed shots, and virtually gone, but not quite, on slightly over exposed shots. The more a shot is over exposed, the less vignetting with it.
03-03-2016 03:58 PM
Although not a good photograph, you can see my 150-500mm has no vignetting issues. It has had lens correction done in LR. I have that set a s a preset for all my files on import.
03-03-2016 04:09 PM - edited 03-03-2016 04:12 PM
Yes, I can correct for it in LR6. But, I haven't taken the time to figure out how to make it happen automatically on import. I've created a custom preset, but I always seem to need to invoke it manually.
However, I would prefer to start with images that are a bit cleaner, and not have to perform triage on every shot. That can be time consuming. Just the same, I sold it weeks ago.
"Although not a good photograph, ....."
Liar. That's a pretty good shot. Like I said, the vignetting arguably disappears when I slightly over exposed.
03-03-2016 04:37 PM - edited 03-03-2016 04:37 PM
I chose that shot because of the blue sky where vignette should rear its ugly head if it were present. I think SS was a little show which made the bird sorta blurry.
Just curious, what is your level of comfort with LR and PS? Are you a beginner, know some things, advanced or proficient.
Presets are simple and eleimanate a lot of work. I process every single photo I take or it gets deleted. One or the other. Sometimes both!
03-03-2016 06:51 PM - edited 03-03-2016 06:53 PM
Beginner with LR and PS. Decades of experience programming computers, though.
The biggest obstacle is the online Help, instead of local help files. The Help is frustrating to use. It's more of a web search, than a reference. Every time I look up something for PS Elements, I get solutions and hits for full blown PS, which are useless to a PS Elements user..
03-04-2016 09:47 AM - edited 03-04-2016 09:49 AM
OK you are still confusing me, you have Lightroom 6? You are a novice? You have PS (CS6 or CC) and you are a novice? You have Elements and not PS? Elements is not PS. It is a close attempt but limited in certain areas.
Where are you with DPP? I assume a novice there, too. From some of your comments. I don't know DPP very well either. I just use it long enough to know I don't want to use it.
I don't know what "programming computers" has to do with learning LR or PS but OK. LR is not complicated or too deep. I didn't have any help learning it but I did have a pretty through understanding of PS. You should have few issues learning Elements but it has its challenges. I doubt anyone, even a "programming computers" person is going to learn PS by themselves. Sure you can get the basics but the real magic is pretty involved.
My real challenge is remembering. I know how to do stuff but forget exactly or where it is sometimes.
I have attended classes done by Ben Willmore. I always learn something from him. Remembering it is my problem! I suffer from Feeble Brain Syndrome, ya know! He has a full PS course for sale. Check him out as he is the best PS person there is. Very good at teaching PS, you will lean a lot. Not Elements.
03-04-2016 10:30 AM - edited 03-04-2016 10:32 AM
The only reason I have Elements is because it came pre-installed on a computer that I bought a few years ago, 2012 I think. It is an outdated version, Elements 10. But, it still does what I need for it to do, which is mainly minor touchups, like removing something unsightly from a shot.. I have even done a couple of layer masks with it. I had been using CAD software on a newer laptop before I realized the older one had PSE installed on it.
The "Help" is not local, and only available online. There is absolutely no help available for any older versions, except for the latest and greatest PS CC. It seems that the online "Help" sees your older version of PSE, and diverts you towards purchasing an upgrade to PS CC. Not the latest PSE, but PS CC. I purchased LR6 for its' ability to do lens correction on a more than just Canon lenses, like DPP.
At the time, I did not realize that you could not purchase PS without being drawn into the recurring revenue scheme better known as Creative Cloud. To make matters even worse, you cannot buy, or more accurately RENT, PS without also renting LR6, which I have already bought and paid for. The asking price for stand alone PS is more than the list price of a T6s body.
So, I won't be investing in the PS/LR package until a newer version of LR is released, and even then I will look at it and see if it is worth it. IMHO, the rent is way too high for casual users like myself. Adobe is a company that I have long avoided for a litany of reasons. They treat customers like a captive audience.
03-04-2016 10:48 AM
I hear you. I hate the rental policy, too. But I had CS6 already and CS5 and CS4 and on and on. I own PS (CS6) with ACR9 and LR 6.3. That is where I intend to stay. At this point in my life, it is all I need. It is Adobe's loss, not mine!
You can still find CS6 for sale in a perpetual licence if you look hard enough. That is what I would do if I were you.
The cost of the entry price is high and the learning curve is steep. but the bottom line is, there is nothing out there like Adobe PS. It is the industry standard and for a good reason. Depending on where you want to go with photography it is a necessity.
If you are satisfied staying at the amateur level you have many more choices. There are several choices and some are even free.
"The asking price for stand alone PS is more than the list price of a T6s body." Maybe so but I would argue, PS will do as much or even more for your pictures than a new Rebel T6i will. I would choose a cheap P&S with CS6 over a new Rebel T6i without PS. Every time! Don't let your dislike of Adobe drive your decision.
03-04-2016 03:14 PM - edited 03-04-2016 03:18 PM
I have seen some people selling copys of photoshop on gumtree for like £30 they say they are genuine maybe check them out. I bought an imac with all the software preinstalled from a design studio as they normally have an agreement with adobe.
I once tried to buy one and contacted some one in the uk who worked for a college she said the college was selling old versions off I bet they are student versions but still very useable CS6.