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Sep 24, 2012 21:08 |  #1156

Fcuk me. That is rad!

Great work Andrew.


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Sep 24, 2012 21:22 |  #1157

Amazing work as usual!


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Sep 24, 2012 21:44 |  #1158

Thanks guys :)


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Sep 24, 2012 21:59 |  #1159

You know, if you ever have the urge to do a tutorial, I know I'd be willing to send a couple bucks for your time. ;)

I started teaching myself Photoshop over the past couple days. I think I have a decent hand on the basics now.

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Sep 24, 2012 22:33 |  #1160

Awesome job! It honesty almost looks like a screen shot out of a video game.


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Sep 24, 2012 22:52 |  #1161

Thanks! I still have a LOT to learn. I've spent a lot of time on Andrew's (Visual Echoes) Flickr page scratching my head at how he got his processing to look so natural. Which lead me to my comment. There's really not many automotive post processing tutorials floating around.

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Sep 25, 2012 07:25 |  #1162

Thanks for the compliments. I probably shy away from tutorials because I do things in a bit of weird way. I'll be talking with Easton, or Demmitt about this or that, and their approach is so much different, just not sure I want anyone to follow in my footsteps lol.


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Sep 25, 2012 08:13 |  #1163

Andrew - innovation sometimes takes a different route. What do you thing the first person who discovered "High Pass" was a way to sharpen images was thinking about the way the did things?


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Sep 25, 2012 08:56 |  #1164

Haha, I never use the high-pass method, it beats the image up too much for my taste :)


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Sep 25, 2012 09:10 |  #1165

I think what he was trying to say is that innovation comes from someone willing to step out of the norm. ;)


Even if you do things a "weird" way, if it works it works. I'm looking to broaden my processing abilities as much as I can. I know I will never be able to produce the same stuff that you produce. And, to be honest, I don't want to. I have some ideas that I would like to try out by using a technique similar to your's. Not so much "copy" exactly what you've done. Because if everyone copied everyone, things would get boring.

If you don't want to share then I'll gladly respect that.

"Often imitated, never duplicated." :cool:


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Sep 25, 2012 10:12 |  #1166

I don't mind sharing. Let me see what I can come up with. Keep in mind that my approach is the way it is because I'm a 100% available light shooter.


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Sep 25, 2012 11:18 |  #1167

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I think what he was trying to say is that innovation comes from someone willing to step out of the norm. ;)

This!


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Sep 25, 2012 12:13 |  #1168

I think the biggest thing I do differently is to try to capture as much as I can with the camera, so where most people might take a single shot, or two, I will often-times take 10 or 15 shots (without moving the camera). This is because I want different polarizations, apertures, and exposures to work with during my post processing. I think a lot of guys just shoot for a good exposure and expect to be able to "fix", or alter various parts of the shot in post. You can do this, of course, but again, it tends to "beat the image up", and I want my images to be clean in their maximum size. A perfect example might be shooting a car with black wheels, like my Exige. If I expose correctly for the car, the wheels are very underexposed. I can recover some of this in RAW, but it'll never be the same as shooting a brighter exposure for that exact purpose.

The other thing I do is always shoot in RAW, which allows me to match the white balance/tint of the first shot with the last, perfectly, regardless of the time in-between. I have heard arguments against this, but it has always worked great for me.

Lastly, I treat each part of a shot, and in fact each section of the shot, independantly. Imagine looking at a picture with a grid on top of it, maybe 20 squares. I will look at each square and ask myself what it needs, what it's missing, and how it fits with the whole. Does it distract? Does it support? Is it the right color? Is it the right _________ <---insert OCD perameter here. lol

No real secret, just time, and trying different things. I wish I had a forumla, as it would save me a LOT of time, but I really don't, I always just look at the shot, and try to listen to what it is telling me, and go from there.

Does that help?


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Sep 25, 2012 12:33 |  #1169

Yea, that sort of helps. I like the idea of breaking it up into smaller squares. I think that might help my head grasp the concept a little better. My big issue is trying to get everything to blend together so seamlessly. I'm sure that's just my inexperience in Photoshop, but it frustrates the hell out of me haha.


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Sep 25, 2012 12:58 |  #1170

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