The first of the pictures I want to take!

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  1. Andreal

    Andreal TPF Noob!

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    So shortly after I bought my camera and decided to get into photography I hit exam period and wasnt really able to get out and take photos in landscapes and nature which is what I really wanna do. Well exams are over and last week I managed to get out there!

    Here are some of the photos I took, would really appreciate some C&C, I know there are alot of things I still need to learn to do better, focusing for one I noticed is a bit of a problem on a few of these pictures when blow up a bit bigger.

    I think I should buy some sort of monitor calibrator too, on the monitor I edited these on they looked as good as I could make them, but when I viewed them on my other monitor they looked a little dull, I guess I will just have to wait and see how they look to you!

    There is not much I can do in photoshop (read next to nothing) but in a couple of these I did one or two things in Camera RAW.


    The first! I overexposed the sky a bit, tried to correct by bringing down the highlights in RAW, wasn't too successful.

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    I loved the layers of this waterfall, when blown up some of the edges look almost pixelated...im not sure if this is a focusing issue or issue with my monitor but was very strange.
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    Another part of the waterfall, blew out the top, but I wanted to get the top in to give the picture a sence of size/positioning.

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    Something about this log just seemed cool to me...damn that piece of foliage hanging down on the right!

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    Once again, anything people can say to help me along my way will be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Christina

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    m always a big fan of waterfalls in b&w, but thats just me. I see what your saying about the dullness. are you using any photo editing program, or staying pretty natural?
     
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    I suggest invest in a small tripod and a polariser. These will make nature images pop a bit more. Your monitor appears fine. The images look tonally ok here.
     
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    Thanks for the responces! I already use a tripod, so I dunno what I can do to improve that :p. And a polariser you say, I will look into getting one asap :D, I notice there are 2 kinds though, a regular polariser and a circular polariser, any preference?

    Christina, I will have to have a play around with b&w, sounds cool :D, and these are mostly natural, unedited, I might go pump up the saturatin a bit and see what results :D.

    Thanks for the comments so far guys!
     
  5. sabbath999

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    circular polarizer is what you want.
     
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    Right cool :D, Im pretty keen to go back to these ranges and go down some of the different trails, will be sure to have one with me before I set out this time :D.

    Also, this is one of the pictures above with my attempt to add more "pop". Upped the contrast (Which worked wonders) and added a little saturation.

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    Just mentioned the tripod because the polariser will give you a 1-2 stop lighting hit when you mount it so if you didn't have one before you may need it now.
     
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    I don't know if it is my montor but I think you need to ply with the levels a little. Most of your images look just a little washed out.
     
  9. Andreal

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    Sorry if this is a irritatingly simple question, but what exactly do you mean by "washed out" I think I get the general idea of what you mean, but don't understand exactly.

    I have never used levels before, I just loaded them into photoshop and had no idea how to use them so im off to find a tutorial :D

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    what camera settings did you use in the waterfall shots? Thanks. I think the shots are great!
     
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    Heh I don't even remember, but Opanda is telling me I used a 3 second shutter speed with apeture F22. I wanted a deep DOF which is why I set the apeture up so high (maybe too high?), anyway, I wanted it high enough to get a "silky" look and I got that so I cant complain :D
     
  12. ANDS!

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    You dont need to go down to 22 to get that kind of DOF. f/8-11 wouldve been cool.

    This is my attempt at your waterfalls with PS:

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    Levels is good to get into to start playing around and seeing what it does, but curves is a much better tool to use to use to add contrast, as well as do color corrections on a photo.

    Also quick question - did you use flash on any of these?
     

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