Shots for CC - Updated with GIMP Processed version

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kristycoulter1's picture
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Shots for CC - Updated with GIMP Processed version

Be kind.... my second shots posted ever. Wink I know my SS is low but that's the only way my light meter is centered. How do I correct?

SS 1/125
f/5.6
ISO 100
112

SS 1/400
f/4.5
ISO 100
110

SS 1/60
f/5.6
ISO 800
085

KatieWillis's picture
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1. Doesn't do much for me. It's too head on and a little uninteresting to me.

2. I think with a little pp this photo could really pop. Do you have software to edit?

3. Total sucker for dogs Smile Looks like the light is coming from the dog's right side. If you could get him/her to look more towards the light, you could have gotten a little more light in his/her eyes. It's also a little underexposed.

Hope you stick around! I'm a newbie to this board too! You little girl is super cute in your siggy Smile

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"KatieWillis" wrote:

2. I think with a little pp this photo could really pop. Do you have software to edit?

No. Sad What should I get?

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I know there's GIMP, which is a free download. I have lightroom 3 and photoshop elements. I prefer lightroom, but that's because I haven't really learned too much about photoshop yet.

Ladybugsteph's picture
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So glad you're posting again!

#1 - The comp isn't quite working for this one. There's some distracting elements in the background that take the focus off of the stone. This is exposed very nicely.

#2 - You overlooked a 0 when you posted the SS on this one, so it's better than you think! I thought it looked too crisp to be 1/40 Smile This one just needs a little oomph in some processing.

#3 - Now, this one is underexposed. You were asking how you can raise your SS to keep it from getting too low. In this case, you'll raise your ISO. I'm betting that your camera will go to at least 1600, so I would have raised it up to that. I may not be enough on this one though. You might have to get him closer to a window, or bounce a flash.

As far as editing programs, I know that Tracy uses GIMP. I've never tried it out. I, personally, am using a free beta trail version of Lightroom 4 and Photoshop Elements 8. Lightroom is fantastic if you're shooting in RAW. I'll definitely be buying LR4 when it come out. I won't be able to give it up Wink

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#1) Your focus is good, but I'm just not feeling it with this one, I agree that a different comp might be good for this.

#2) Love the angle, I would have liked it zoomed out a bit more. Again good focus.

#3) I agree this is underexposed, but a cute shot. Try and do some PP to help the exposure it is a cute shot.

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I agree with all the cc. Just keep at it! Smile I would love to see some edits on #2.

I also use Photoshop Elements.

cazzoom's picture
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What they all said Blum 3

I love # 2 and yes a bit of colour popping would work a treat.

If you want free GIMP is great. Otherwise PS elements will work for you too

Cazz

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Here's my edit.... let me know what you think.

I used the paintbrush on the "Anthony Wayne" lettering. Is that crazy? Would there have been an easier way to do that?

108.v2

Ladybugsteph's picture
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You can take it even further. I don't know all the tools that GIMP has to offer, but I went ahead and did an edit of my own to show you what is possible.

I brought this into Lightroom. I warmed it up, added some strong contrast, and brought out the blues. Then I took it into Photoshop Elements. I added a soft light layer, then played around with curves a bit. I also burned the "Anthony Wayne" to make it stand out a little more. Oh, and I burned the sky. It's a little sloppy since I did it quickly, but it gives you an idea of what you can do. This is private on Flickr, but I can take it down if you'd like.

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Before I scrolled down I was looking at the first edit and thinking that you should make the name pop more. Then I saw your edit. I am not the person to ask as I would also use the paint brush in light room. Never used gimp but I know in lightroom I will use the auto mask feature. It helps you stay in the lines. The name looks so much better!

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

You can take it even further. I don't know all the tools that GIMP has to offer, but I went ahead and did an edit of my own to show you what is possible.

I brought this into Lightroom. I warmed it up, added some strong contrast, and brought out the blues. Then I took it into Photoshop Elements. I added a soft light layer, then played around with curves a bit. I also burned the "Anthony Wayne" to make it stand out a little more. Oh, and I burned the sky. It's a little sloppy since I did it quickly, but it gives you an idea of what you can do. This is private on Flickr, but I can take it down if you'd like.

Wow Stephanie,great job!

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"Ladybugsteph" wrote:

I brought this into Lightroom. I warmed it up, added some strong contrast, and brought out the blues. Then I took it into Photoshop Elements. I added a soft light layer, then played around with curves a bit. I also burned the "Anthony Wayne" to make it stand out a little more. Oh, and I burned the sky. It's a little sloppy since I did it quickly, but it gives you an idea of what you can do. This is private on Flickr, but I can take it down if you'd like.

Wow - looks amazing. Thanks for showing me what it could look like.

I have to admit - there are lik 10 different terms that I don't undersatnd in the paragrapgh above. UGH! So much to learn.

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I've, very slowly, been learning post processing. There is SO much to know. I'd just look up tutorials online, and also ask for plays and the steps that were taken in the edit.

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Hope you don't mind, I made some adjustments to the picture of your dog.

Here's what I did.

Colours->Level
Then I hit the Auto Button, clicked OK.

Colours->Curves
Put a slight curve on the bottom left side (sorry don't know technical term), clicked ok.