Total noob question

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by Auspiciousnight, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. Auspiciousnight

    Auspiciousnight TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2009
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Phoenix
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Ok, so I have studied light composition all that Jazz. But for the life of me, I cant get my pictures to have that POW! look. Mainly I am talking about color. I have seen other pictures on this site that the color is just fantastic. Bright, dramatic, vibrant... What am I do wrong? Do I need like $5k in equipment?

    Sorry, I just have worked really hard and I cant get "it" yet.

    Any advice would help a lot.

    Thanks.
     
  2. IgsEMT

    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    Messages:
    2,694
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    NYC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    step1, get a gray card, its $5 and set your WB. if your exposure is correct, so will be your color.
    step2, PP- how much and how well is up to you :)
     
  3. chip

    chip TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2009
    Messages:
    377
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cypress, CA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    sounds like you want to increase the color saturation...
     
  4. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,820
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    Montreal
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Do you need 5k in gear? No. But the gear you have might affect the colours and such coming out of the camera.
     
  5. Pugs

    Pugs TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,155
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If you post examples, more targeted advice can be given.

    Are you shooting RAW or .jpg? If you're shooting .jpg, play with your camera's settings. If you're shooting RAW, you NEED to post-process your pics.
     
  6. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    38,225
    Likes Received:
    5,003
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Studying it and doing it are 2 different things.

    You don't mention what you're using for lighting.

    Actually, I get the impression you're just using whatever light is already there, rather than using your own so you have more control.
     
  7. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2003
    Messages:
    9,713
    Likes Received:
    203
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    As suggested earlier examples are good.

    I can give you a generic answer something along the lines of you need post processing, lighting control, and to shoot with the correct settings.

    Or you can post one of your pictures, and a picture you are talking about and we can start nit-picking difference which makes one stand out above the other.
     

Share This Page