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Help me improve my post processing technique, I feel like I'm in a bit of a rut.

 
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Jan 29, 2012 00:49 |  #1

I just can't seem to get my PP'ing down lately, any tips are appreciated.

I'm mostly ok-ish with a lot of these, but they just seem to be missing something compared to a lot of similar pics I see around the internet and POTN.

Is it just me?


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Jan 29, 2012 01:24 |  #2

Great shots. All four of your car shots might benefit from a bit more contrast and a bit warmer color temp. If you can bring back the sky on those it would help as well. The other four are great. Number five, (PPIHC), is my favorite.


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Jan 29, 2012 04:33 |  #3

I think the landscapes could also benefit from more contrast especially in the dark regions and brighten the dark regions as in 2, 4, &5. #3 Just a boost in contrast would help.
I really like the landscapes - a good eye for composition. I like #3 best.


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Jan 29, 2012 06:22 as a reply to  @ Qbx's post |  #4

Your landscape shots...you might want to consider bracketing your exposures on every landscape taken as a "just in case" measure, there's no reason to have blown out skies when you can employ an HDR technique.


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Jan 29, 2012 07:09 |  #5

HDR for the landscapes to bring out the foregrounds.Airport shot would be great

But fundamentally PP will not make an OK photo great. The backgrounds on your stationary car shots are not complimenting the lines of the cars where they are presently posed

The cars look good with their fresh wax, but the reflrctions also have to compliment the lines of the car or make a statement about the environment it is in.

If you were a graphic artist you could take away the background and airbrush your own(beyond my skills too).

Advise--look at what the auto pro photogs achieve and analyse- what is the position in the background, how have they used filters what are the reflrctions.Might all be CG artwork these days

An excercise in how to make cars look good is UK -Top Gear. Their cinematography is virtually peerless. I know it's the moving image but the compostion and angles are inspiring.

Congrats on making a red NSX look good, one rarely see's it looking good in any colour other than black.


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Feb 01, 2012 00:46 |  #6

Ok I tried a bit more contrast this time around with these photos, it really seemed to help. Also played with individual color saturation instead of all the colors at once.

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