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Feb 11, 2011 13:50 |  #1

I am very new to photography on this level. I've always had P&S but never a SLR. I'm trying to make the best out of my photography. So constructive criticism is welcome.


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Feb 11, 2011 14:42 |  #2

I commented in another one of your threads. These both look soft to me.


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Feb 11, 2011 15:18 |  #3

rockfordhx wrote in post #11823944 (external link)
I commented in another one of your threads. These both look soft to me.

I kinda wanted them softer cause I wanted to go for more of a dream feel.


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Feb 11, 2011 15:27 |  #4

I agree with the softness, and I understand you wanted soft - my question is this -

Do you shoot sharp and PP soft or did you shoot soft?

If the latter, I would highly suggest always shooting as sharp as you can and make them soft in post.


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Feb 11, 2011 15:55 |  #5

brvheart wrote in post #11824213 (external link)
I agree with the softness, and I understand you wanted soft - my question is this -

Do you shoot sharp and PP soft or did you shoot soft?

If the latter, I would highly suggest always shooting as sharp as you can and make them soft in post.

I did this in post. The original was sharp.


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Feb 11, 2011 18:02 |  #6

Could you post the original for us?


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Feb 11, 2011 18:16 |  #7

Madboy1827 wrote in post #11824167 (external link)
I kinda wanted them softer cause I wanted to go for more of a dream feel.

Dreamy feel doesn't mean you process the eyes to make them soft. It'd help to see the originals. :)


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Feb 11, 2011 18:36 |  #8

I cant say I love the crop on #1, i like how the second one was cropped better. just my .02




  
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Feb 11, 2011 18:54 |  #9

Madboy1827 wrote in post #11824167 (external link)
I kinda wanted them softer cause I wanted to go for more of a dream feel.

I'm going to chime in and say the same thing as the others: these look soft - not soft in a way that is processed, but soft in a way that focus was missed.

Both pictures also look underexposed to me. If you want more pointers from the folks here, I suggest you post the EXIF (camera) data.




  
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Feb 12, 2011 01:23 |  #10

What I would do with these photos is go in to Photoshop and reduce the noise, then go to Shadow/Highlight to brighten them up a bit to make the pop a bit more. Currently they are a bit dark and lack definition. And the focus does look a bit off. There are some nice Photoshop actions out there that will create a dreamy effect without looking like the focus was missed.


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Feb 12, 2011 01:57 |  #11

rbakeratl wrote in post #11826834 (external link)
What I would do with these photos is go in to Photoshop and reduce the noise, then go to Shadow/Highlight to brighten them up a bit to make the pop a bit more. Currently they are a bit dark and lack definition. And the focus does look a bit off. There are some nice Photoshop actions out there that will create a dreamy effect without looking like the focus was missed.

Thank u for the help. Do u happen to have any links to where I can download the dream actions?


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Feb 12, 2011 13:52 |  #12

Google is always useful for finding actions:
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Deviant Art (external link) has a lot of actions for free.


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Feb 12, 2011 14:38 |  #13

OOF does not = dreamy. lmfao. These just look like bad photographs taken with a p&s. There are tutorials all over the internet to make a photo look "dreamy".




  
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Feb 12, 2011 15:24 |  #14

These don't look like they were ever sharp. They actually look like they were out of focus and you sharpened them. The first one looks like you turned up the saturation too, which isn't dreamy.




  
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Feb 12, 2011 22:04 |  #15

To the OP - You said you were new to photography and CC was is welcome - we are all trying to help you but you wont let us. We really need to see the originals so that we can try to decipher what went wrong and where. The EXIF data and the originals would help us do just that. You wont ever get better when you ask for help but wont accept it.


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