What makes these photos look so good?

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  1. Puppy

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    I found a gallery of photos that I think look really amazing; especially because most are very spontaneous, candid shots. Here's the link: clicky.

    What is so good about them and how could I get my candid shots to look more like them? I notice the obvious [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]vignetting[/FONT] and a shallow FOV (still learning photography terms someone yell at me if I'm using them incorrectly)... But I can't put my finger on what I really appreciate about the pictures. Can anyone help me?
     
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    You appreciate the moderately saturated colors, high contrast, and sharpness. The processing is easily do-able, provided you've got a good, sharp shot to begin with.
     
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    Almost all of the photos have darkened corners/edges (I think this is called Vignetting????). Take a look at them and pay close attention to the edges of each pic...it is not always symetrical either, but almost selective. Either they are using glass which gives this effect (wide open aperture??), or are adding it after in Photoshop.

    And they are just good shots :)
     
  4. I believe the vignetting is added in Adobe Camera Raw, but then cropped - hence the lopsidedness of it. Kind of a cool effect actually.

    It seems to be a fast lens, there's relatively shallow DOF. I'd guess there's also a polarizer filter. There definitely is a color adjustment, probably just done in curves, which can also be done in ACR.
     
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    and they are controversial. always makes a good picture. :)
     
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    All of the above ...

    And - I think shooting from a low angle adds a dramatic effect as well.

    A lot of them appear to have been shot from waist level (digital P&S with swiveling LED would be my guess.)
     
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    My guess would be a Canon 5D with a 50mm prime, and just about all of them appear to be shot at an aperture of f1.8.
     
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    at the bottom of the page it says eos 5d with 50mm f1.8
     
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    Really? a P&S? They way too good to be taken with a P&S! (I'm not arguing with you either.) From all the posts I have read from you. You know what your taking about. It's obvious they have been played with in PS but I can't believe a P&S.
     
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    at the bottom of the gallery it says shot with a Cannon 5D and 50mm 1.8 II and they are really nice pictures
     
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    Thanks for all the replies! I'm glad to know there was significant PP... I was wondering why I couldn't get any of my photos to look remotely similar to that style.;)
     
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    I know a P&S could make shots like these if they are photoshopped right.
     

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