Does this look over saturated? Beach pic C&C

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  1. Alter_Ego

    Alter_Ego TPF Noob!

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    Hey the shot itself is pretty common and not very interesting but ive just been practicing with photoshop to bring out the sky and water for that typical holiday, beach, vacation look. Let me know what you think? some of the trees are a bit too dark imo.

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    I'd say it's too saturated, yes. And there is too much contrast which is why the trees are too dark, IMO. Of course, it all depends on the effect you are after. But if you are looking to produce a natural looking picture, I'd say it's too much. It is easy to get carried away in PS - it happens to me all the time.
     
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    Cant say im going for that natural look more of advertising look.
    Ive changed the settings up to make it look a litte less saturated.

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    It is definitly better, but maybe a little too bright. If you lower the brightness just a little, it will bring out more detail in the sand, and the sky becomes darker blue, which suits the scene just well, I think.
     
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    Thats exactly what ive been trying to do. Is too bring out the sand, sea and sky out a little more. Here is what ive done now after taking your advice.

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    What do you think? I like this one out of the lot.
     
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    I would have to say that I like the second one better.
     
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    What am i doing wrong?
     
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    I like the third one, looks like a good inbetween. The only thing I can see, and maybe it's because I've seen the other two, is that the sand looks dirty because it's a little darker than the 2nd. Maybe try to remove some of thos black rocks to clean the sand up a little and bring less attention to it.
     
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    My wife and I spend a lot of time in the Carribean. Your last shot is very close to how I see it with my sunglasses on. I like it.

    "Maybe try to remove some of thos black rocks to clean the sand up a little and bring less attention to it."

    I also agree with this statement.
     
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    Using contrast and saturation sliders, thats what your doing wrong
     
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    The third of these would definitely be the best if, as has been said, the sand was more like it is in no.2. I've made so many mistakes in Photoshop and I think it's definitely something where you have to learn by trial and error :thumbup: / :thumbdown:.

    Probably obvious, but wherever possible make 'local' rather than 'global' changes to an image. In picture no.1, what you wanted for the sky and beach was not the same as you wanted for the huts and trees.

    I tend to use the 'polygonal lassoo tool' to highlight an exact area and then feather the edge of the selection before adding a new adjustment layer to that section.

    A lot of people, myself included, come almost full circle in realising that less is more and that what's in the camera to begin with counts ( I'd also recommend shooting in RAW).

    By the way, for an 'advertising look' I think the first pic almost actually works because the Caribbean is so vibrant and colourful that upping saturation is kind of a natural extension of the place.

    I also think you would see a massive improvement in shots like this, where there are dark and light areas that both need exposing correctly, if you learnt to produce multiple exposures in Photoshop - there is a full tutorial on this here:
    Digital Photography Tutorial - Creating Multiple Exposures

    It's simple when you know how!;)
     
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    I prefer the last example out of all 3 of the shots posted.

    When you edit this, how are you doing so? I mean do you edit the picture as a whole, or do you break it up and edit different parts of it. For example the sky, sand, water, & trees.
    The lasso tool and a good feather can help in situations like this.
     

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