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Feb 23, 2014 11:08 |  #1

Took this photo this a.m. Posting both the untouched version and the edited version. My thoughts are that it's "OK" but not great.

Used my 60D with my Macro 100mm f/2.8. Edited in LR5. Tried various shots in both AV mode and Manual and picked out the one I thought was the better one. Camera was on a tripod too by the way.

The image doesn't seem as "crisp" or "sharp" as what I see from other photographer's posting. Maybe I'm being overly critical. Maybe not. Is there anything that "stands out" to you critiquers that would result in more improvement?

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Feb 23, 2014 11:31 |  #2

I like the colors in the edited version, but would fix the blown highlights & knock down the brightness of the objects in the background. When you make changes to an image, Adjustment Layers w/ Layer Masks are one way to control what parts of the image are affected by the changes.
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Feb 23, 2014 11:49 |  #3

What you seem to be seeking is a 'pop'. That is usually done by great lighting. Your image is flatly lit. Try shooting during the golden hours from different angles.



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Feb 23, 2014 12:00 |  #4

in the shade, like this flower is, you will need to use a bit of flash. There is a sweet spot when doing that. You may have to take many pics to find it. You don't want the flash to be noticeable but it will add a pop if done right. White flowers are hard to get right because they tend to get blowen out. But it can be done. Just have to find that sweet spot.


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Feb 24, 2014 09:35 as a reply to  @ picturepages's post |  #5

in digital beside composition, lighting , getting right in camera etc , post processing also counts. there are lot of free tutorials on the net so it is easier nowadays to learn post processing.your exif shows you shot at iso 640 . try lower iso say iso 100.


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Feb 24, 2014 10:26 |  #6

Working from your jpg, here's my edit. As it's been said, tough to brighten things up without losing detail. One trick I've seen with such shots is to use a small LED light out of frame to backlight the bloom. Of course you don't always walk around with such a thing in your pocket, so you do what you can with what you have.

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Feb 24, 2014 11:24 |  #7

Recently had a Macro pro shooter to our local photo club, he uses a gimbal head without a light ring, although he recommends a 270EX II flash, and also back lighting, as someone else also mentioned previously. He also will use extension tubes.. His work was stunning

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