I suck at PP, help!

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  1. Pure

    Pure TPF Noob!

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    I'd really like to print this, however, I'd like the snow to be whiter, and have the animals pop out more versus he white snow.

    PLEASE, only levels, curve, etc. No selective coloring, etc.

    Thanks. And if possible, post the set values for each tweak, I'm trying to learn.

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  2. eric7616

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    a test :)

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  3. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Your profile says "NOT OK to edit", but it sounds like this is an exception...?

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    What I did (in Lightroom 2)
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    I would have also straightened it, but I didn't think to do that till just now.
     
  4. AdamBomb

    AdamBomb TPF Noob!

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    Levels (RBG)

    54 1.00 241

    Saturation

    +15

    Click for FULLSIZE

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    ndredsox TPF Noob!

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    That is a great PP. Cardinals are great looking birds.
     
  6. Pure

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    Could you guys point me in the direction of an online resource/book that teaches you to properly use levels, saturation, curves, histograms, etc. that is SPECIFICALLY aimed at photography, and not general PS use.
     
  7. Pure

    Pure TPF Noob!

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    Nice, but seems a tad washed out.


    This is just me, but it seems too saturated, but might just be my liking?

    This is fantastic! Colors are raised, but white doesnt wash everything out, and it looks natural.
     
  8. AdamBomb

    AdamBomb TPF Noob!

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    I'm A Graphic Design Major, and this kind of stuff is my favorite.

    I always believe that Levels should be your first resort when correcting a photo. In a nutshell, you want your black's to be the blackest they can be WITHOUT losing detail, and the same for the whites.

    For example, the Hanger that is holding the feeder: You want it to be BLACK, but you need to make sure you still see the shadows and highlights. And Then the Snow, you want it to be WHITE without losing it's texture and making it a FLAT white.

    Does that make sense? Let me know if it doesnt and i'll try to make some examples. And believe it or not, YouTube is a GREAT tool for learning photoshop.
     
  9. Alleh Lindquist

    Alleh Lindquist TPF Noob!

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    If you just keep practicing in photoshop you will get better. I never really read anything that just made me capable of using the tools well.
     
  10. HoosierJoe

    HoosierJoe TPF Noob!

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    When shooting in a situation like this try using auto exposure bracketing or use a compensation of +1 on the exposure. Should make the snow white instead of gray.
     
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    Great work Adam. Im very impressed with what you did here. Would love a few tutorials if only u lived nearby.......!!!
     

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