Never satisfied with my photos...

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  1. dcb83

    dcb83 TPF Noob!

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    I've been shooting photos for about 6 months now. I have a pretty good understanding of the technical aspects. Whenever I review my photos on my computer they look so dull and ordinary.They have a point and shoot look to them. I visit flickr often and look at ppl's photos there and I just don't understand what I'm doing wrong. Others shoot photos of the simplest things and their shots look fantastic. How do I get that extra spark in my photos? Is it all in photoshop editing? can anyone recommend a processing routine?
     
  2. shmne

    shmne No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Almost all of it is in the creativity you possess when taking a photo.
    This means controlling lighting, exposure, and subject composition.

    Throw some pictures in here so we can see and help you out.
     
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    You also have to learn post processing. Ideally you should get everything right in the camera, but there are many post processing techniques ( like the super bright saturated look ) or HDR, that many people just assume is some magical settings the photographer is using, but its not. As SHMNE said, post some photos of yours and then maybe post a few links to some flickr shots that you are not understanding how to get.
     
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    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    A new idea going around is that it takes about 10,000 hours to become "good at" almost any craft,trade,sport,or hobby. Six months is barely enough time to get past the newbie stage...you are comparing yourself and your work against people who have been shooting for as long as maybe a year, to perhaps 30 to 40 years!

    From little acorns,mighty oaks grow. But, not overnight!
     
  5. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Good for you!

    No matter how good you get, you should always be "Never satisfied with your photos." :thumbup:
     
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    indeedies TPF Noob!

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    I'm with shmne. Post some pics, receive some critiques and carry on.
     
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    benlonghair TPF Noob!

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    If it's wrong to shoot 200 frames and keep 1 I don't want to be right.
     
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    One thing that will make your images pop a little more is adjusting the levels in post processing. Proper level adjusting really makes a big difference in clarity and makes the image a bit more contrasty. I'd guess that 80% - 90% of my shots get the levels adjusted on them (which may very well be a condemnation on my shooting) and they look much better for it.

    Another useful tool is unsharp mask. A touch of USM goes a long way.

    Btw, you can get older versions of PS Elements pretty cheaply and it seems to do a pretty good job for me. It has both a good level adjusting tool and USM.
     
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    I like the one with the bike, maybe a hair underexposed but I am on the laptop so I could be wrong. The scooter shot could probably use a slightly faster shutter speed in my opinion, but not terrible. Many shots that you see online as I stated, have been post processed to death, and also many of them are staged shots with off camera lighting being used. You will learn all of this stuff if you keep shooting. Don't get discouraged, just dive in deeper and learn all you can.
     
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    From a composition pov the one with the bike is nice. It's creative and has a good atmosphere. Like the above, the ones you see on flickr have been post processed to death. I mean I could take a point and shoot camera, take a picture of a girl sitting in a cafe then post process it to the point where the original is unrecognisable and flickr would go mad.
     
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    ManifestReverie TPF Noob!

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    your examples on flickr are definitely much better than i expected from the tone of your post.
     

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