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May 22, 2009 11:37 |  #1

I'm trying to work on my post-processing and learning some techniques. What else should I do to this photo (besides deleting it from my hard drive :))?

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May 22, 2009 11:41 |  #2

The first thing would be to change your user CP to allow image editing.


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May 22, 2009 11:51 |  #3

What do you want to do?


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May 22, 2009 11:54 as a reply to  @ hawkeye60's post |  #4

I would adjust the whitepoint to start.


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May 22, 2009 15:54 |  #5

Got the image editing changed. Well, I don't exactly know what effects were used or even if this is more camera than post-processing, but I'm trying to get to something like these:

http://www.bmkphotoblo​g.com/?p=822 (external link)


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May 22, 2009 16:38 as a reply to  @ subnet_rx's post |  #6

Something like this?


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May 22, 2009 17:39 |  #7

wayovrpar wrote in post #7971171 (external link)
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this seems better, but not quite there. i dont have PS on this computer, but it looks like the photos in the blog the OP linked to are much, much cooler than this one, which is quite warm. also maybe do the editing in a duplicate layer so you can bring back some detail in his eyes which is lost.




  
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May 22, 2009 18:58 |  #8

Hey!

We're flattered you like our stuff thank you :)
Here are some tips:

- First off, good start! The brick wall could make for a great backdrop! And I like how you're trying the offset posing! :)
- To answer your question, it's primarily the lens/camera/technique/​light that gets us our image quality. The processing just boosts what's already there. If you don't have a great foundation to work from, you'll have trouble in post processing (like you are right now)
- The first major thing lacking in your image is emotion and personality from your subjects. Get them to smile! Crack a joke! Tell them to kiss!
- The second big thing is light. The light is dull, grey no amount of processing will get it to what you want. So next time pay attention to where the sun is shining! Have it rim their hair from beind maybe? Find a wall that reflects the sun onto their faces? There are many opportunities :)

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May 22, 2009 20:00 |  #9

If you shot raw, try lightening the dude's eye. The image is underexposed, lacks contrast, saturation, etc.

There are endless ways of processing photographs. You can shoot for edgy, vintage, dark & gloomy, dreamy, etc. Mess around in Photoshop and you're bound to find something that works. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide whether something looks good or not.

Here are 2 different edits from your posted image. I hope these will help you visualize the endless possibilities.

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May 22, 2009 20:23 |  #10

Bartek wrote in post #7971740 (external link)
Hey!

We're flattered you like our stuff thank you :)
Here are some tips:

- First off, good start! The brick wall could make for a great backdrop! And I like how you're trying the offset posing! :)
- To answer your question, it's primarily the lens/camera/technique/​light that gets us our image quality. The processing just boosts what's already there. If you don't have a great foundation to work from, you'll have trouble in post processing (like you are right now)
- The first major thing lacking in your image is emotion and personality from your subjects. Get them to smile! Crack a joke! Tell them to kiss!
- The second big thing is light. The light is dull, grey no amount of processing will get it to what you want. So next time pay attention to where the sun is shining! Have it rim their hair from beind maybe? Find a wall that reflects the sun onto their faces? There are many opportunities :)

Good luck!
Bartek

Hey, thanks for the tips. I keep up with your blog and really like your e-session photos. I'm not actually a paid photographer, this is me trying to do my own e-session with my own fiance :) I bought the camera and am learning photography to improve the family and event photos I take because I really want a good record of what we've done later on. It's just that lately I've been wanting to actually get one that I can print and put in a frame, and can't quite get the quality that I think is worth framing.

iN5P1R3 wrote in post #7972003 (external link)
If you shot raw, try lightening the dude's eye. The image is underexposed, lacks contrast, saturation, etc.

There are endless ways of processing photographs. You can shoot for edgy, vintage, dark & gloomy, dreamy, etc. Mess around in Photoshop and you're bound to find something that works. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide whether something looks good or not.

Here are 2 different edits from your posted image. I hope these will help you visualize the endless possibilities.

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Thanks, I think you really improved those. I did shoot in RAW, during this learning phase, I'm shooting everything in RAW + JPEG because I have frequently got the white balance wrong. In fact, this picture was very blue because I shot with the sunlight setting and it was near sunset so we were in full shade. I've ordered one of Scott Kelby's Photoshop books to try to learn more about post-processing and doing some of the things you've done in the photo. I think the missing piece will just be the intuition to know what to do and when.


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