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Sal24
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Apr 11, 2011 10:50 |  #1

Hi all, now that I'm getting very close to my 10,000 shot taken with the XSi I thought it time to start working on my Lightroom and Photoshop skills. I'm still very much taking shots in the dark and hoping for the best, but with that said I think these may be pretty good pics and edits. Honest critiques will be very much appreciated.

Edit: Added originals to compare

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This first shot was very underexposed and lacking completely in color. Cropped the image, increased the exposure and colors.

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Made this BW and then restored the color to the bird and feeder. Left the wings BW since I thought it looked cool that way. Is the line which holds the feeder up distracting? Part of me likes it and part of me thinks I should just clone it out.

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Super tight zoom shot of a birds face... I actually did almost nothing to this shot. Just incrased exposure and contrast a tiny bit.

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Apr 11, 2011 10:54 |  #2

1 seems soft, you hit the humming bird, overall it is a good shot but the selective colouring does not do it for me. The last one seems a little hot but I like the colours. Overall good job and keep the pictures coming


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Apr 11, 2011 12:02 as a reply to  @ trouthunter's post |  #3

Be careful with your processing, it will make or break your photo..too uch saturation and it looks like a bad photo that was trying to be saved...


hummer is great, but leave the color all over.SC is overused and under impressive.

Last, post the original, I bet there are details that can be seen before the heavy contrast was added?


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Apr 11, 2011 12:25 |  #4

Thanks for the input so far. Regarding the first shot being soft, I noticed that too... unfortunately the first shot is the only one taken at a zoo and was through glass, and I believe the thick smudgy glass is the main cause of the softness.

As requested I added the originals by editing my first post, maybe it will help give you a better idea of where my processing was over done. I've also left them uncropped just in case my crops stink too.




  
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Apr 11, 2011 13:47 |  #5
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Like the original better on monkeys
take out the line, yes
I would add the color on the wing or just a little.
last one might pass or lower the saturation little.


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Apr 11, 2011 14:04 |  #6

Original monkey pic, edited humming bird pic (remove that line) and the high contrast bird shot at the end. These are are beautiful pics overall, keep 'em coming. What lens are you using?


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Apr 11, 2011 14:04 |  #7

Watch the saturation. Sometime less is more... 1 could stand some sharpening. There is a lot that is slightly oof here. I would keep the bg in color with the hummingbird pic as well, maybe you can mute it a little if you want. The last one is the best, but I think it might be a little too much sat as well. Try using vibrance slider instead of sat slider in LR. Keep Shooting!


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Apr 11, 2011 18:00 |  #8

I like the original on the last image much better. Are you using Photoshop, lightroom, ACR?


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Apr 11, 2011 19:34 |  #9

Thanks again for all this input, I've already started to play around with the photos using some of the suggestions above.
These 3 shots were all taken with a Canon EF 70-300 f4-5.6 on my XSi. My short focal lense is the ef-s 17-55 2.8, but was not used for the shots above.

As for processing, I am using Lightroom for basic tweaks, and Photoshop when for larger more serious editing, such as masking out the backround color on the hummingbird. I shoot mostly manual and therefore have mostly raw files. Do I need to specifically invoke ACR when I'm working with my files or doing specific edits, or when using adobe products is ACR the default way the programs interact with the RAW files? Such as when I perform sharpening. I do not do any imports via DPP... I usually just do a manual copy of the files off the memory card and then sync them into lightroom. Any reason this would be considered a bad way to do things?

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Apr 11, 2011 22:12 |  #10

there all amazing, well done




  
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Apr 12, 2011 01:58 |  #11

Great photos, but like others said, be careful with the saturation.

I really like the SC hummingbird, very creative leaving the wings black as well. I just love that photo!


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Apr 12, 2011 11:32 |  #12

I actually like all the originals much more then the edits, like said above selective color is good for some, but not good for most. and to much PP is not always best....at least you still have the originals to try again :)


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Apr 12, 2011 11:41 |  #13

Sorry to say this since it's obvious to put a lot of work and thought into your edits, but I like the original colors better. Each original could be upped a notch in terms of contrast and saturation, but overall the photographer did a great job capturing the images in-camera!


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Apr 12, 2011 12:18 |  #14

#1 leave it as it is
i like #2,3 though


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