Getting back into photography - C&C please!

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  1. sjconner

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    I haven't done any serious work since my film SLR was stolen (1990). I was finally able to purchase a DSLR - a red Pentax K-X. I took some pictures at the branding we just had; our family raises red angus cattle and horses. The only pp work was to manually adjust the levels a bit and tried out auto contrast and color. That's all I know how to do in photoshop - so far.

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    Wow, I really like them all, but #4 is my favourite. For my eye, there's a sliver of distracting light running across the top of photo #1 that I would have cropped out. But it's still a really nice shot.

    Movin' to Montana soon, gonna be a dental floss tycoon!
     
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    Thanks. I haven't cropped them yet. I need to remember to include more space around my subjects. There isn't a good way to crop the horse to an 8x10 without cutting off his nose or ears.

    Susan
     
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    I really like them all esp #2 Great work!
     
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    Love 3. Nice shots
     
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    Number 1 would have been a whole lot better had you shot from an angle where the riders can't be seen.
     
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    3 is crooked. It's the only one I dont like. His face looks... swollen? I think its just the angle.

    The rest are really nice, though the light on the calfs head is kinda bright in 2, but 4 is my favorite! Your scenery is stunning, and those red cattle really stick out against the grays and browns.

    Zappa is amazing! :D
     
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    The horse in number three is a stallion and he has pretty heavy jaws. He was watching my daughters playing. Thanks for all your comments!

    Susan
     
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    Geaux No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Could someone describe to me how to fix the overexposed parts? I know how to do it with an enlarger and film but not photoshop. I have photoshop 7.

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    Susan, you can't really fix an over exposed parts in photoshop. The details that are lost are lost for good.
     
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    On my DSLR there are two features I like that let me know I have blown out area on my images....the highlight feature, which blinks any area in the photo thats blown out on the lcd. And the histogram.....read up on how to read a histogram if you havent already - thats the bar chart you see on the upper right hand corner in photoshop.

    Your photos look great, 3 is my favorite, but that is too bad your cant crop it to an 8x10 - still a great photo
     

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