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Old 01-02-2013, 02:36 AM
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Default 2013 365 Day Project

One of my new years resolutions is to work on my photo editing while I save up for a new camera body. So I decided I'd work on a 365 Day Photo Project where I focused primarily on editing. Some of these shots will be quite old, some will be brand new. I'll post the original and then the edited versions to compare

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January 1st, 2013

Figured I'd start with a simple one to get things going.

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The second thing I need work on, my flash.
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I like that watch shot a lot.
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I like the watch shot, too. The only thing I don't like about the first one is it seems like some of the rich colors are toned down and lost in the edit. I see why you did it, just throwing it out there.
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I like the watch shot, too. The only thing I don't like about the first one is it seems like some of the rich colors are toned down and lost in the edit. I see why you did it, just throwing it out there.
What colors are you talking about Drew? I want to be a better editor so this will help my eye out.
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The thing I don't like about the first one is their skin tones. It doesn't look that bad on my monitor at home, but when I upload to flickr it shows off every little blemish on their faces. I made sure that no additional sharpening is applied when uploading, so I'm not sure what's going on. The original has much, much better looking skin tones.
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That's part of what I noticed. The color on the wood in the background, their skin tone, and their hair color seems a little less washed out in the original. I figured you want some constructive criticism, hope you don't mind.
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Also, I REALLY like your macro shots. I feel like you do a great job balancing what needs to be highlighted and what should be darkened in a macro shot. The watch seems to really focus on the fine details, and the depth of field works well with it.
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That's part of what I noticed. The color on the wood in the background, their skin tone, and their hair color seems a little less washed out in the original. I figured you want some constructive criticism, hope you don't mind.
I just want to make sure we're on the same page. The first shot is the edited, the second is the original. To my eyes the edited version has richer colors.

I do most definitely want constructive criticism. People shots are hard and I need to learn a different style of editing them, so anything people notice that looks off I definitely want to be pointed out. I think tonight I'm going to go in and create a layer on their faces to bring the highlights down a tad. I'm thinking maybe it looks bad because the highlights are too bright on their faces.

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Also, I REALLY like your macro shots. I feel like you do a great job balancing what needs to be highlighted and what should be darkened in a macro shot. The watch seems to really focus on the fine details, and the depth of field works well with it.
Thanks It's mostly luck. My 40D has a craptastic preview screen so I really can't tell what is in focus until I upload it. I look at the histogram, make sure I'm not losing much detail and pray everything is in focus.
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I just want to make sure we're on the same page. The first shot is the edited, the second is the original. To my eyes the edited version has richer colors.

I do most definitely want constructive criticism. People shots are hard and I need to learn a different style of editing them, so anything people notice that looks off I definitely want to be pointed out. I think tonight I'm going to go in and create a layer on their faces to bring the highlights down a tad. I'm thinking maybe it looks bad because the highlights are too bright on their faces.



Thanks It's mostly luck. My 40D has a craptastic preview screen so I really can't tell what is in focus until I upload it. I look at the histogram, make sure I'm not losing much detail and pray everything is in focus.
CRAP! I totally missed the titles for them. My mind just went in order of Original, then Edited. I thought you may have tried to soften it some, as I've seen a lot of edits for photos of people that work that way. I guess it's to tone down some of the imperfections, but obviously I like the edited one better in your case. Ok, that makes much more sense!!! I'm a tard.
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Flashes are fun once you figure out how they work
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