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My Son on his Motorbike...newbie first editing attempt...C&C please

 
Kristine2514
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Jun 19, 2017 15:08 |  #1

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OK, I have only been at this for two months...extreme newbie. So I posted a before and after photo of my son at a gravel pit on his bike. I have been busy learning my camera, lenses and so forth so this is my very first attempt at editing in Photoshop Elements. I would really appreciate some C&C. The more I look at it, the more I doubt myself. Too bright, too dark, too this, too that. So to have comments form people with experience would be great. I think it's not horrible, considering that its my first kick at the can? Ahh, I don't know. Thank you for any comments. First photo is the unedited, second is my first go at editing.

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Jun 19, 2017 15:20 |  #2

The more I look at it, the more I doubt myself. Too bright, too dark, too this, too that.

Yup, everyone suffers that. It'll either crush your spirit or teach you to have confidence in your processes.

Did you shoot this in RAW?

Any reason for using Elements instead of Lightroom?

It's a good edit. I'd say it's too tight of a crop, both in general and especially being a shot of a bike in motion. Apart from that, I see no obvious faults or improvements needed.


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Jun 19, 2017 15:35 as a reply to MattyB's post |  #3

Thank you for your comment. Yes it's shot in RAW. I didn't notice this one was in motion until after obsessively studying it during editing. I thought "he's either in motion or has EXTERMELY good balance!" Lol. OK so I will keep in mind that I need to watch the cropping. I see that especially for motion, more of the photo would have been better. I don't have Lightroom, just elements, with NIK plugin. My thinking is that after I learn Elements inside and out, plus get more experience shooting, I will reward myself with buying Lightroom.


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Jun 19, 2017 16:42 |  #4

Ok, this is a pretty darn decent first try, certainly way better than I did, so be aware I only want to help you improve, and help train your eye, and there is really not a ton wrong with the picture over all.

1. cloning mistake on the camera right hand.. pretty decent job but you will have more luck if you select and clone, then select a different spot and clone, rather than only do one swipe with the clone stamp the same distance for the whole clone.

2. something funky happened on the highlight areas on the bottom gravel of the rocks... something got a bit too over done/highlights clipped/lumanance pulled down

3. took out that black rock pile pretty darn good.

definitely enhanced the photo with the elements you removed, just have to keep practicing on how you do it, and you'll be better, fast.


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Jun 19, 2017 17:41 as a reply to ksbal's post |  #5

Thank you for you input...ok I know what's going on with those rocks. In NIK, I did a darker blue vignette to get more emphasis on the sky. Then I removed the vignette from the other areas but I see that I wasn't thorough enough. So I ended up not getting all of the blue off of those rocks. And, yes, I just drug that clone stamp. Not the best result. That teaches me not to go the "lazy" route, especially at the primitive stage that I'm in with editing. ߘ


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