first shots ever with SLR

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  1. MoeRoadKill

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    so my camera just came in today and im stoked. all day iv just been playing around with it, so much fun. there isn't a whole lot going on in my back yard so i took some photos of some flowers and edited them which i thought are really cool
    umm i think they could be very big.. hope u like:D C&C
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    hope u like:D C&C
     
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    I love that first shot. How did you achieve the colour on black and white?
     
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    ^^ well this probably wont make much sense ill to my best.
    when i got my camera i got a editing program and it allows me to 'saturate' colours,
    e.g, all the red in the photo i can make it turn into black or white, same with blues, greens, yellows, purples. pretty much the whole colour wheel.
    so what i did with the photo because the background was all green i just turned the green all the way down (to 0%) until it was completely saturated
     
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    Clever..another tool in my box. :thumbup:
     
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    Er, you were desaturating things, hence why they were black and white. Completely unsaturated. And the technique is called selective coloring, which has been known to be one of the most cliche things in digital photography. Because everyone and their uncle does it.
     
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    i somewhat agree with tyler, selective coloring can some off as very cliche. but if done right, it can look nice. it looks like you are using the on camera flash, which tends to be harsh. look into a different flash maybe or try to make some kind of diffuser out of tissue?
     
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    Nice start, read up on basics of photography composition to help improve your photos. Rule of thirds, leading lines, shallow dof, lighting techniques...
    Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson is a great read
     
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    Ideally this isn't the best way to do it because sometimes one of the colors that you want to get rid of makes small appearances in parts of what you want saturated or vice versa. It does work in quite a few situations and is good if you dont have access to something like Photoshop. If you have Photoshop what you would do is create a layer and mask the area that you want saturated and then use the desaturate tool to get rid of all the color in other areas. Selective coloring is just like anything else, if you abuse it won't look right. There are many beautiful shots that use selective coloring but there are also many examples where is has been overdone.
     
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    Like all photoshop filters/effects, beginners use them because they can, rather than because it's appropriate/effective for the image.

    I R Rtist, I click button.
     
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    I don't think they look so bad.
     
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    Love the look of the first one..
     
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    sorry took ages to get back. forgot about it.
    i dont really use any PS or editing programs until now really. iv always kinda kept my distance with technology so i dont know any of the terminology
    even if it is the most 'cliche' thing i cant argue with the results


    negative.

    just so u know the first picture i only blacked out the background that was really it. and made the tips of the flower more lighted.
     

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