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Apr 04, 2011 08:56 |  #1741

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Might not be the sharpening, but there's something odd going on with it, I do agree with TG...just might not be the sharpening.

I now think it is a flickr thing. I was NOT selecting the larger image, just viewing it as-is and the images look MUCH better larger than they do as flickr displays them.

It must be something to do with the compression or resizing. I know when I resize photos they always look better then when my clients try to resize them. Flicr is doing something to the images when it resizes them. IMO


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Apr 04, 2011 09:00 |  #1742

Jnader wrote in post #12152408 (external link)
dont worry about it, im learning from what you say, i mean im 22 and just got my first dslr a few monthes ago, i wouldnt be as far if it wasnt for everyones critiques... and the radius was at 1.... i fixed the sharpening and fixed the color cast.... i fixed everything you said, let me know how it turned out!

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I like the colors a lot better now. I do owe you an apology because I did not click on the images to view the larger sizes. They look much better larger than they do as Flickr displays them. I can really see what the bathroom tile and kitchen back splash looks like when I click on them.


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Apr 04, 2011 13:52 as a reply to  @ TGrundvig's post |  #1743

I am trying to keep from breaking the first rule that I see commented on over and over. Watching my verticals. I am not the photographer for this work, they were actually taken by my mom, who is my "student." Needless to say, the teacher isn't doing so good.

I am trying to do some PP on them to help out. I know it is kind of like trying to make wine from grapes overnight. I am still trying to convince her to take a tripod and do a few steps in the beginning, and it will create a better photo later. She is just as stubborn as most agents not willing to pay for photography.

Through the past posts in the thread I have learned to use Filter - Distort - Len Correction. By learn, I mean I can find it on the menus :)

I am using Photoshop CS4.

Will someone care to share their workflow on how to correct the verticals? Do I start with "Remove Distortion" then rotate the angle to straighten the left or right, and then "Transform"?

Or should I transform, remove distortion, adjust angle?

Or is it just play with it until I get as close as possible and then go with it?

Any help is appreciated. Here are my before and afters...

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Apr 04, 2011 15:07 |  #1744

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I am trying to keep from breaking the first rule that I see commented on over and over. Watching my verticals. I am not the photographer for this work, they were actually taken by my mom, who is my "student." Needless to say, the teacher isn't doing so good.

I am trying to do some PP on them to help out. I know it is kind of like trying to make wine from grapes overnight. I am still trying to convince her to take a tripod and do a few steps in the beginning, and it will create a better photo later. She is just as stubborn as most agents not willing to pay for photography.

Through the past posts in the thread I have learned to use Filter - Distort - Len Correction. By learn, I mean I can find it on the menus :)

I am using Photoshop CS4.

Will someone care to share their workflow on how to correct the verticals? Do I start with "Remove Distortion" then rotate the angle to straighten the left or right, and then "Transform"?

Or should I transform, remove distortion, adjust angle?

Or is it just play with it until I get as close as possible and then go with it?

Any help is appreciated. Here are my before and afters...

Before:

QUOTED IMAGE


After:

QUOTED IMAGE

It looks much straighter. You need to have the light on, and I would remove that cord or clone it out. With the dark carpet, it really stands out.


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Apr 04, 2011 15:18 |  #1745

Here are a few I took for a portfolio:

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Apr 04, 2011 15:32 |  #1746

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Here are a few I took for a portfolio:

I would really try to keep the street out of it if possible. Also, on the first one, highlights look a bit blown.


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Apr 04, 2011 23:50 |  #1747

Great to see so many new members joining in on this thread!

I just sent out a proposal to an agency this weekend that would like to use me exclusively. Right now I only shoot for them because I work a f/t job but I want to make the switch from working a f/t job, and doing re photography on the side, to just doing re photography. With my potential market here I could easily do that working for 5 or so agents and would likely get more then that. Since this agency wants me exclusively they are going to have to pay up. So I am REALLY hoping this goes through as I have been bugging my agent to get something together for a while. Since that wasn't happening I put my own proposal together. The agreement is they get 20/hrs a week of my photography, whether they use it or not, and anything over 20 hours is billed extra. That way, I get a guaranteed income and don't lose out if it gets very busy. I'd get on the payroll and company benefits as well. They'd also agree to a one year term. After that I can then decide if I want to negotiate a new agreement with them. Crossing my figures as I VERY much HATE my current f/t job LOL.


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Apr 05, 2011 00:52 |  #1748

Nice shots as always Scott, and good luck with the proposal.


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Apr 05, 2011 01:36 |  #1749

^^ those are really nice!

this is a 16-shot panoramic of an elevator lobby.. the bottom portion is the reflection off the marble-top I had the camera sitting on - I thought it was a nice symmetry effect. gonna try it tomorrow with a fisheye lens and see if I can get a better look without having to do any stitching.

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Apr 05, 2011 07:51 |  #1750

Scott, best of luck on your endeavour! Spotless photos :)


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Apr 05, 2011 09:18 |  #1751

Scott - good luck! Break on through to the other side!


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Apr 05, 2011 09:24 |  #1752

Scott, okay I have to say, it blows me away how well you can pull the withe ceilings and cabinets out and still have good colors on the walls. Are you using a WB card? Even the lights themselves are white in most the shots, that is really impressive.


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Apr 05, 2011 10:45 |  #1753

Thank you all for the encouragements! I am going to the give the agency up to 2 weeks to decide. After that is s**t or get off the pot! lol

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Scott, okay I have to say, it blows me away how well you can pull the withe ceilings and cabinets out and still have good colors on the walls. Are you using a WB card? Even the lights themselves are white in most the shots, that is really impressive.

Thank you. The key here is WB control before and after merging photos in photomatix. The great thing about the colour saturation controls in Adobe Camera Raw (I use through Adobe Bridge) is you can control different colours individually. I pretty much always pull back on the blues and yellows/oranges. This helps control the ugly blue/orange colour that often comes from window light and interior lights. After saving TIFFs from PM I go back to bridge/raw and tweak some more. Often cutting more blue/orange. Then in photoshop, if needed, I will make some more tweaks. For instance in the bedroom shot the ceiling light did have some unwanted yellow/orange going on. What I did was use the lasso tool and selected the entire ceiling then made and hue/saturation adjustment layer and pulled back on the saturation until I was satisfied. I'll also do this if there are other colour casts in the image by making a selection using the "color range" selection tool then using another hue/saturation adjustment layer to pull back saturation. I usually only do this for white surfaces where there is unwanted colour. I also did this for the green bathroom shot. The cabinets in the foreground were lit up by window light from another room behind me and created a blue colour cast.


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Apr 05, 2011 13:50 |  #1754

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^^ those are really nice!

this is a 16-shot panoramic of an elevator lobby.. the bottom portion is the reflection off the marble-top I had the camera sitting on - I thought it was a nice symmetry effect. gonna try it tomorrow with a fisheye lens and see if I can get a better look without having to do any stitching.

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I had to look at this for a while to "see" the counter. The oof edge of the counter plays a trick on the eyes. I like it!


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Apr 05, 2011 14:36 |  #1755

TheReal7 wrote in post #12159951 (external link)
Great to see so many new members joining in on this thread!

I just sent out a proposal to an agency this weekend that would like to use me exclusively. Right now I only shoot for them because I work a f/t job but I want to make the switch from working a f/t job, and doing re photography on the side, to just doing re photography. With my potential market here I could easily do that working for 5 or so agents and would likely get more then that. Since this agency wants me exclusively they are going to have to pay up. So I am REALLY hoping this goes through as I have been bugging my agent to get something together for a while. Since that wasn't happening I put my own proposal together. The agreement is they get 20/hrs a week of my photography, whether they use it or not, and anything over 20 hours is billed extra. That way, I get a guaranteed income and don't lose out if it gets very busy. I'd get on the payroll and company benefits as well. They'd also agree to a one year term. After that I can then decide if I want to negotiate a new agreement with them. Crossing my figures as I VERY much HATE my current f/t job LOL.


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The processing is great on these, but these shots that I quoted all need some cropping. Just a product of 17mm and being so close to walls. There's a lot of wide angle distortion, and the shots would be better served by tighter comps with less ceiling and floor.

I love the natural light streaming in, however. But those spackled ceilings can be cropped out because they don't really add anything that says 'buy me' and they are just adding to the whole wide angle thing.


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