Clear beautiful crisp shots on subjects that aren't so glamorous

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Hi Everyone,

For so long I have not known how to do photography like this and it is really starting to frustrate me so I wonder if someone can help.
I want my photos to look like this

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...a.110482883784.88772.513528784&type=1&theater
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f....441566848784.202173.513528784&type=1&theater
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...a.110482883784.88772.513528784&type=1&theater
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...a.110482883784.88772.513528784&type=1&theater
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...a.110482883784.88772.513528784&type=1&theater

They are bright, crisp and colorful. What shadows there are, are not dark or harsh. To achieve a photo like this would you rely mainly on taking the photo a certain way, or rely mainly on editing? I am quite good at photoshop and I'm not a beginner at using my Canon 60D but I just don't know how to get my photos looking this perfect.

Would be amazing if someone could help me

Thanks!
 

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Need to know what YOU are doing, that is keeping you from getting the shots you want.

Post some images... with Exif data intact, or type the settings in. Also describe what you were after... and what didn't work. Just looking at someone else's photo's isn't going to tell us how to help you!
 

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It looks more like knowing how to use settings and lighting than photoshop. Beyond that, I can't help you much.
 
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Ok I guess if I were to take a picture of food on a table, it would end up being quite dark with a lot of shadows. In photoshop I would lighten this up however a lot of the details become lost. My shots don't look as glossy or sharp either. Even if I use lighting and place an object on a flat white surface and set the camera up from a birds eye view kind of perspective, the objects still have shadows. However the photos in my example doesn't. Sorry if I'm not being very specific.
 

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Your solution isn't PhotoShop. It's learning how to control light on the scene.

If you're working in a studio environment, you'll need to learn how to adjust, set and modify artificial light. If you're working in the field, you'll need to learn how to change, adjust and modify ambient light.
 

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Soft light.. large modifiers! Learning to use fill light, reflectors, etc..

Getting proper exposures, good DOF choices, shutter speed fast enough to prevent blur....the basics.
 

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Ok I guess if I were to take a picture of food on a table, it would end up being quite dark with a lot of shadows. In photoshop I would lighten this up however a lot of the details become lost. My shots don't look as glossy or sharp either. Even if I use lighting and place an object on a flat white surface and set the camera up from a birds eye view kind of perspective, the objects still have shadows. However the photos in my example doesn't. Sorry if I'm not being very specific.

Photoshop is no substitute for proper lighting and proper exposure in camera.

Post some of YOUR photos and and we might beagle to help you know how to improve.
 

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Yep.. post some shots! We can only guess what you need without images. With images, we can suggest ways to improve... not just guess!
 

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Photoshop is not how you TAKE great pictures, it's a tool to help you make great images tighter.

All of the facebook stuff in the op, honestly, really isn't incredible.

You need to learn to get it as close to 100% right ON the camera. While some folks can use photoshop to create digital media, it is still just a tool. If you put in poop to begin with, you will just polish a turd. You're putting lipstick on a pig. learn to rely on getting it right on the camera first, post processing second.
 

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