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  1. DoMiNaTiOn

    DoMiNaTiOn Member

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    I've been trying my hand at everything lately and would like some feedback on some of my more recent shots. I'm still very much a beginner but I would like to think I'm slowing grasping aspects of composition and editing.

    All shots were taken on my Pentax K-X with either a 16-45mm, 18-55mm or 50mm with extension tubes.

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    "Macro"
    50mm manual + ebay extension tubes

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  2. ApathyGates

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    Nice night shot in 5. Number 2 has some great shading and lighting setup. Number 8 freaks me out.
     
  3. Arch-Angel

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    I like them all, but #2 is epic. :thumbup:
     
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    5. was from my very first attempt at sunset/night photography. someone has commented that the horizon isn't straight, but i was reasonably happy with how it turned out.

    2. is actually a candid shot, my friend was lying on the floor and I simply took a snap. It is reasonably heavily edited to gain such punchy shading.

    Thanks for the positive comments.
     
  5. viet_mafia

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    Can you share some of the PP techniques you used for these?
    I'm REALLY liking the style of these photos :thumbup:
     
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    Sure, any photo in particular?
     
  7. hsv2000

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    Great shots mate.
    I like your sunset one the most. :thumbup:
     
  8. viet_mafia

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    Well all of them pretty much :D lol
     
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    Love #2

    Great shot
     
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    I really like the post editing on the these photos particularly 3 and 4.
     
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    Also interested in pp techniques.
    Any filters used ?
    cheers.
     
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    great colours and pp'ing.
     
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    The following is a basic method I use for editing all my photos.

    1. Import into Lightroom and crop
    2. Adjust exposure, colour temp, fill light, contrast, levels, hue and saturation. I also use Lightroom's sharpen and noise reduction tools.
    3. Export as high quality PNG or JPEG for editing in PhotoShop.
    4. Open in Photoshop and begin using soft, small feathered dodge and burn brushes. I go over areas I think need to be darkened (usually edges or overexposed clouds/sky), and areas that need to be lightened (teeth, whites of eyes, areas that need details brought out from underexposure).
    5. I then use a very small sharpen brush to go over areas I really want to make "pop". This is usually heavily textured areas or important features (eyes, complex clouds, strong lines).
    6. I then duplicate the layer. For portraits, I apply a blur to the topmost layer and change the opacity/blend mode. For images I want to pop, I apply a high pass filter or edit the image using Topaz and change the opacity/blend mode.
    7. Lastly, I use an eraser brush on the topmost layer to remove the glow/supersharp/HDR in areas that don't need it.

    This is obviously just a very basic rundown, if there's a consensus on a particular image I can pull up my lightroom/photoshop files and give you a bit more detail.

    Thank you kindly for the positive feedback. You guys have inspired me to get out there and start shooting a lot more often!
     
  14. Squeezer

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    Have you tried the lightroom Adjustment tools ?
    I guess with the other stuff you are doing with layers in PS you might as well do any dodge and burn in PS also


    The whole set is great. Good variety and interesting images
     
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    I find brush adjustments are a lot easier to make and track in photoshop using layers. I usually edit at least one aspect of my photos in photoshop, so as you said I might as well do my dodge and burn at the same time.
     
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    these are ALL great:thumbup::thumbup:

    really digging #1 & #2 both are perfectly gritty and toned, #3 is pleasantly surreal, #4 has nice contrast, and the macros are very clean

    good stuff!
     
  17. CyberBeat

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    All mint shots bro, I really like 1, 3, 4 & 6 :thumbup:
     

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