Newb with a camera; C & C please.

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  1. maulrat

    maulrat TPF Noob!

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    Low light and bright backgrounds are a little tough. Perhaps it's time for me to invest in a speedlite. C&C please. Thanks in advance.

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  2. tsaraleksi

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    I think you are over processing. The editing you've done doesn't add anything, at least not to my eyes. Even with out a speedlight, you can use your pop-up flash for fill outdoors without having to worry about the negative effects that you are used to with the pop.
     
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    Just on a side note, #3 and #4 I was trying to get a sort of cartoonish look.
     
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    I don't mind processing, at all, I only get picky about it when it comes to people.

    Were you using Topaz Adjust (or whatever it's called)?
    I get this effect if I run my pics through lightzone and up the local contrast a LOT and then if I put them through a filter called "Crisp" or "Hard".

    I have to watch myself when I do this, though, because the treatment can cause a distracting halo around the person (like in your last one), and can make the skin look HORRID.
    Yours didn't give the skin a death look to it, but they (3 and 4) look too contrasty which really brings out the lines and causes them to look, well, greasy.
     

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