What do you use editing software for?

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  1. cfaulds

    cfaulds TPF Noob!

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    I know the obvious answer is to correct exposure/WB but it would be good to see some examples of how you have improved an image or how you have changed it any why.

    I would really, really like to see some examples of portraits/landscapes/nature/wildlife that you have editing - show the ORIGINAL too!

    Or, just tell me... haha, but i emphasize that I would like to see some examples!

    Thanks in advance!
    Callum
     
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    Original:
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    I took the original and used Photoshop to change this to black and white and edited it to make the clouds literally pop from the sky.

    Sometimes you have to experiment with editing software to find something that excites you...

    Edited:
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  3. TommyF

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    Dude your editing skills are awesome. That is probably the nicest B&W landscape I have ever seen. Great job.
     
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    Mulewings~ TPF Noob!

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    Well thanks, but it wasn't hard! I've done some really awful things also.:lol:
     
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    Great pic! :thumbup: Can I ask what you used in Photoshop to make the clouds pop? I like that a lot.

    As to the OP, here's a couple of my original photo's, and then the finished product when I was done in Photoshop.

    Original:

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    Finished Photo:

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    For that photo, I straightened it out, as it was lop-side. I also centered her up some and cropped closer to her. Then I adjusted the brightness and contrast, especially on the bricks, to make them "pop" with color. I also brightened and contrasted her eyes, and sharpened them up. Lastly, I blurred the top and bottom of the steps some, to make her the center of the image.

    Original:

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    For this one, I cropped it some to make it more of an up-close portrait. I also used the cloning tool to fix the hair on her ears and to smoothe it out some (she has some scarring on her ears where there's no hair, from past abuse before I got her). I also cropped out the mat, adjusted the brightness and contrast, and greyscaled the photo. I adjusted the contrast after I greyscale it, in order to darken her up some (as she's a dark red dachshund). Lastly I blurred the edges, and sharpened up her eyes to make them more noticeable.

    Last one...

    Original:

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    Finished Photo:

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    For this one, I straightened it up, as it was unbalanced, and cropped it some to make it a closer portrait. I cropped out all the background and left just the wood paneling in the background. I adjusted the color on the bricks to give them some warmth, and adjusted the brightness and contrast. I also sharpened her eyes up to make them more visual.
     
  6. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Here's one from today:

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    The "before" one is the RAW straight out of the camera - everything 'as shot' or at the default.
     
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    I use aperture it's like photoshop for mac computers. Sometimes I use picnik.com for they're little filter effects like the cinema box on the third picture.

    Original
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    After Aperture
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    After Picnik.com
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    I might post photos later, but I use aperture 2 and photoshop CS3 extended. :D
     
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    HikinMike No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I do things a bit differently. Most of my landscape photographs are at least two separate exposures, hand-blended using Layer Masks in CS2.

    I used 3 separate exposures on this image...

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    5D, 70-200mm, ISO 100, 1/4, f/11

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    5D, 70-200mm, ISO 100, 1/8, f/11

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    5D, 70-200mm, ISO 100, 1/30, f/11

    Final Product....
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    The end result is very natural looking, and very beautiful. I totally do not know how to do that, although I get what you are doing conceptually. Wow. Fantastic job!!!!
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Very nice.

    That's what HDR should look like, not something out of Alice in Wonderland.
     
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    HikinMike No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks Ken and Josh...I try!
     

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