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  1. IrishCameraGirl

    IrishCameraGirl TPF Noob!

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    Hi there! My name is Autumn and I'm new to the forum. I've just recently gotten into photography as a hobby when my husband bought me a Pentax *istD last year for my birthday. It seems I take about a million pictures before I stumble upon a good one, but I'm definitely working on it. I'm looking forward to learning more as photography is something I enjoy immensely. I mostly do scenic pictures, with a few thrown in of my son who was born this last May.

    I haven't started editing or anything yet, but I'm sure that will be the next step. I'm looking for ways to make my pictures more artistic and "professional" looking. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! I'll post a couple of images that I've taken...

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    Welcome to the forum Autumn!

    Your pictures look good IMO. Next time I would post them a little bigger, most people do 800 pixels on the largest side.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome aboard
     
  4. IrishCameraGirl

    IrishCameraGirl TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the welcomes! I never know how big to post pictures in a new forum because a lot of people can get catty about download speed and picture size. I'll definitely post bigger next time. :)
     
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    sabbath999 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Most people round here accept up to 800 on the longest side... I generally do mine in that range (ish).

    Welcome.
     
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    Hi there,

    The pictures you have up are great. Is that the Pacific Ocean?
     
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    Welcome to the forum, you have some very nice shots there, but I agree a little larger next time. Here's a simple edit on your cute baby just to bring out the skin tone and colour.

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  8. IrishCameraGirl

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    Thanks Peniole! That looks great! How do you go about doing that or is just a simple levelling out of contrast and whatnot?

    And yup, it IS the Pacific Ocean. I live in Oregon, so we often get to run out that way for relaxation and good picture taking opportunities.
     
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    Adobe Photoshop is a great program-:) Cheap too;)
     
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    It just depends on the picture, this one felt like it needed more saturation but not by bumping up the master, I instead used the channel mixer. I increased each channel independantly while decreasing the others by the same percent (you'll understand when you use it). I think it's a simpler version of the velvia action. I didn't do anything with the contrast, I liked the midtones of the image and didn't want to compress them any.
     
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    :D Yup mine was free PS5.5 though ;)
     
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    Free ryhmes me-;)
    I have Photoshop 4, 5 and CS2-:mrgreen:
     

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