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So, what to do to make this photo better?

 
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Feb 01, 2012 20:12 |  #1

nifty fifty

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I took a few pictures but none of them satisfied me. As i didn't have my tripod with me, couldn't take a clear shot with my nifty fifty. I tried my luck with 55-250 on the second shot.

So what to do to make this photo seem better, any ideas?

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Feb 01, 2012 21:13 |  #2

They seem flat and underexposed. To try and make these look a bit more interesting, I'd darken by lowering the exposure and by using curves adjustments. Then add some contrast...here's a quick edit to give you an idea. You may not care for it but it will give you one alternative. In this edit, I separated the tree from the background so that it wouldn't become too dark. Finish with some sharpening.


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Feb 01, 2012 21:34 |  #3

I'd shoot it at night and light paint it.

Make it look nearly alien.

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Feb 01, 2012 21:54 |  #4

Wouw navydoc, you did a great job. I have to study pp, i always say that but like all things the learning part is very hard. I hope i can pass "that point", than i know it'll be fun.

S. Horton, thanks for the suggestion. In fact that was what i was asking for. A different angle, a different lens, a different time in day, closer, further... I don't know what it is but i know that i need to change something to make this shot interesting. I'll try what you said if i can get into that jungle at night :)


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Feb 01, 2012 22:03 |  #5

Try very low angle looking up.

If you want to make it look huge, get a doll and put it in front to create a silhouette.

Get someone to help you if you can.


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Feb 01, 2012 22:09 |  #6

Like Sams idea. Shot low with ultra wide angle lens. Maybe try and make it shrine looking around it.


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Feb 01, 2012 23:19 |  #7

This is something I came up with real quick.


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Feb 01, 2012 23:39 |  #8

You always have a good solution whoty :) i would buy your talent if it was sold, instead i have to study a lot :(


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Feb 02, 2012 01:21 |  #9

It just takes playing around with different settings until you know what each function does and how it affects your shot.


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Feb 02, 2012 06:40 as a reply to  @ whoty's post |  #10

Subject, light, and composition will do more for a photograph than any amount of post processing. Work on those three, and your post processing will be minimal. Rather than trying to 'save' something, first try to 'create' something.


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Feb 02, 2012 09:32 |  #11

argyle wrote in post #13811788 (external link)
Subject, light, and composition will do more for a photograph than any amount of post processing. Work on those three, and your post processing will be minimal. Rather than trying to 'save' something, first try to 'create' something.

I agree, that's why i insist on ideas rather than fixing my images. I think of taking the shot again using the advises.


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Feb 02, 2012 09:40 as a reply to  @ Robinson Crusoe's post |  #12

I bet this would have more color and contrast on its own if it were wet. Dry wood looks drab. Can you spray it, pour water on it, or if you have to, wait for a rain? :)


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Feb 02, 2012 09:44 |  #13

Rain is the best option as it'll be hard to carry that much water with me :)


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