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  1. M1M

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    I am decent with CS2 and am trying to learn post processing a bit.

    Did it help or hurt it? I have shown this pic a few times already I know, so bare with me. It's the only pic I have taken where the DOF seams perfect to me. I have taken maybe 20 pictures with my Nikon I'm not completely scared to show people. This one captured a ton of detail IMO.


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    I personally prefer the original but the second one is good too.
     
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    Why?

    Look fake?
     
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    Yeah its hard to put my finger on. The eyes stand out in the second one nicely but everything thats in black and white just doesnt work for me. Sorry i cant help further but my post processing skills are non existent......
     
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    I'm not personally a fan of selective color stuff, but I think you did a good job and that #2 looks nice! :)
     
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    The technical side of your post processing work is flawless. No doubt. Well done. Selective colouring isn't everybody's cup of tea, though. When I first learnt how it is being done, of course I had to try it on my cat's eyes, too, and on a good many other things, but after the wave had flushed over me, I preferred to leave it ... not my thing.

    And by the way, I moved your thread out of The Beginners' Place. That forum is more just for questions and answers, see? But the galleries are for presenting and viewing photos.
     
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    Hey thanks!

    Im still having troubles deciding where to post.

    Also thanks for the C&C exactly what I needed to hear.

    Any suggestions on what direction I should have went in or what I should try?
     
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    If you wanted to do selective colouring, then ... yes, you did just THE right thing!

    Oh, one little remark: once you decide to include a cat's ears into the frame (in most cases I feel including them is a must, but that is just me, and haven't I taken a photo of my cat Mia only this morning WITHOUT her ears???), they must stay WHOLE, I feel. Don't clip them off - ouch. Poor kitty ;) ;) ;).
     
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    lol I keep hearing that. I will make sure to include ears with my next kitty. :)
     
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    in addition to selective color......did you sharpen the 2nd pic?
     
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    M1M keep in mind that for selective colouring you don't have to make the rest fully B+W but instead you can turn down the saturation to create the separation.
     
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    Well I did mess with the mode>curve...

    It does tend to make them a bit sharper IMO. And bring out the black levels.
     

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