Is everybody using Photo Editing software ?

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  1. mrpenguin

    mrpenguin TPF Noob!

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    I bought my first Digital SLR a couple of months ago .. Nikon D90
    I took photos of somebody other than my 5 year old son for the first time ever the other day but was very disappointed with the results till I adjusted the Contrast.

    Is it possible to take pictures that looks amazing without using any Photo Editing Software ?
    What % of professional photos you see in magazines and books were not fixed or made better by software ?

    1 --This is the untouched pic
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    2 --This is the edited pic
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    Most of them are touched.. at least adjusting the RAW a little bit. If I have your permission, I would like to edit this photo a bit.
     
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    i think the edited one looks funny myself. real orange to me. I think if u want to take portrait type shots like that you mite need more lights than anything.
     
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    The first looks better than the edit.
    Try not to be so heavy handed with it.
     
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    Yes, go ahead and edit
    It is very orange yes because I tried to give it a bit of color
    This pic was taken at night with a flash and I found that they came out very bad so I turned the lights off in the room and pointed the flash almost completely away from her to not get any harsh light on her

    I need to learn a lot when it comes to flash photofraphy
     
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    What are you using for editing?

    The first picture looks better than the edited one by the way. You went way too heavy on the effect. It also appears that you altered the saturation or something else because there is a red/orange colorcast to the altered pic.
     
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    I was using GIMP but just recently put Photoshop 7 on my computer
     
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    Just from a WB and color balance sense, the first looks better.

    Subtlety is a watchword.

    There are a few others such as amputation of limbs, distractions in the background (receptacle taken out in edit) color balance / White Balance, RoT, general posing, general framing.

    Not the best in this instance, but much can be learned. Are you receptive?
     
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    Yes go ahead and tell me what you think, I am completely new to this.
    Would love to take classes but have no time at all for that
     
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    reznap No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Sorry reznap, but you have obliviated her seating. :thumbdown:
     
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    Reznap's edit is much more appealing than the first 2. Nice work.
     

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