Need some advice

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Need some advice

Hi it's been a while since I've posted anything here but I was hoping to get some advice on photoshop. I pretty much suck at it and it all seems to be in a language that my brain can't comprehend! haha My photos always seem to either be too cool or overly magenta. I only have photoshop 7 so nothing too fancy but i'm sure someone with skills could get it to work correctly. I have a couple of photos that I would love for you ladies to look at if you have time. I'm shooting with a Cannon 50D and my kit lens (I just got my 50mm in the mail today!)I know all of these were either taken in M or AV mode but I don't have the settings. I could also use some advice for settings you usually use. I try to keep my f stop as low as it will go and my iso at 800-1000 but I'm not sure about the other settings.

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This one seems wrong but I'm not sure what it is.

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I can't for the life of me get this one right. I know it's way too magenta but I can't seem to fix it either.

Thanks for your time ladies!

DrakePlusOne's picture
Joined: 06/29/09
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What sweet brothers! I would never be lucky enough to get shots of my sons so nicely posed. I am new to editing too so I am not much help. I will say, I was having trouble getting yellow or red casts out of shots until I tried adjusting the highlights instead of midtones. It made all the difference in the world! Hope someone more veteran has better advice for you.

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Joined: 06/09/05
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What handsome boys! I think most of these are quite yellow. They

I love the perspective on 1 & 2. I think those could use a diff crop to make it not so centered. Need to watch for hand cops though. Great light in their eyes!

3. I think it's more like a snap. The bright spot on the top left is distracting to me. Still, cute shot b/c it's your boys!

4. This one cracks me up! Such a boyish moment huh?! I am not fond of the processing here. Would like to see it in a true b&w.

5. This one is cute! Maybe a closer crop?

BTW.....if you click on the photo and click on your camera type at the top right of the screen on flickr, you can see the settings on flickr. Smile

Joined: 03/21/08
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Thanks so much ladies! One of my main problems is that all of my processing is ending up yellow. Thanks for the tip Marie I'm going to try that. I probably seem like a lost cause at this point. haha
Sadie the eyes is what really made me love 1 & 2 but you're right the crop could be worked on.
I did 4 like that because all of my b&w end up being kind of flat again my photoshop skills are lacking.
Love the help Ladies keep it coming!!!

Ladybugsteph's picture
Joined: 06/21/06
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I think that you're definitely on the right track! Your exposure looks nice. Yes, you color is off, but that's something that I think that a lot of people struggle with (myself included). Do you shoot in RAW? I know that when I made the switch to RAW, I noticed that I struggled less with my white balance/colors than when I was shooting in jpeg.

I'm definitely seeing yellow. I'd cool them down a bit. Also, in #2 I think I'm seeing some green as well.

Your boys look like they really love each other and get along well Smile I can only hope that my boys are that way when my youngest gets a little older. Oh, and I took a look at your blog. You like Hanson? I'm still a fan as well Smile

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Ashley, practice makes perfect right? Smile As for B&W I had the same issue with flat looking photos too. Try going into contrast/brightness and try adjusting each (black/white/mid) in the adv/curve. (I use gimp2 so I'm hoping this setting is there/the same for photoshop.) When you can darken your blacks or brighten your whites where need be it really helps achieve that 'pop'. HTH!!

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Oh, I forgot to mention about black and whites and being flat. Thanks for reminding me Danielle!

What is really going to help with black and white is to have directional lighting. When you have a nice amount of shadowing, it's going to give you the depth you like in black and white photos.

Here's an example. It's not perfect, but you can see how the lighting really helps create dimension.

The light is at about a 45 degree angle to him here. He's pretty much right up against the window at the left side of the frame. I don't do a lot of photos in black and white, because I find it hard to get the directional lighting all the time (instead of flat..I'm still trying to find the light). I just recently realized that's why I never like my photos in black and white Wink lol