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contrasty and colorful images 4 years 11 months ago #361

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hi,

for about one year i'm seriously into photography. my postprocessing skills have become better, but i still lack something that i don't know.
i want to get photographs with a lot of contrast and punchy colors so that they come flying of your screen and into your face! ;)
i see this in a lot of professional photographers work (also in gregs scenic work) and i really like it. however, no matter how much i try, i can't really get the effect as much as i want.
so here i am, asking for your advice.
here are some before and after pics i made so i can show you guys what i do:
before:

By jkml at 2012-01-03
and after:

DSC_4343-3 by thibault_93, on Flickr

i don't know the image limits of the forums so i'll post the next pics behind a link:
before:
http://imageshack.us/f/441/melont.jpg/
(i know this photo isn't 100% sharp, but it's a good illustration for the effect)
after:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thi_mon/6302041628/in/photostream

and a last before: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/850/dsc3649w.jpg/
and after:http://www.flickr.com/photos/thi_mon/5905041414/in/photostream

i'd like to know, what should i do to get the colors more powerful and the overal image stronger?
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Re: contrasty and colorful images 4 years 11 months ago #364

I think your saturation is fine, sometimes too much. Work on your composition to improve first. Try shooting tighter or at different angles. Any photo can have a bunch of contrast & saturation added to it, but it takes great composition to create amazing photos.
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Re: contrasty and colorful images 4 years 11 months ago #367

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The tones are good; just as Greg says, composition needs improvement. You need not worry bout the colors or anything anyway if you shoot RAW.

Find the best angles and take the shot (but don't "chimp" around either LOL); try different perspectives here and there. It will make you photos a lot more (sorry, for the over used word) epic!

I myself have been into photography for a year, but I am still learning to better compose photos :)

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Re: contrasty and colorful images 4 years 11 months ago #370

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Thanks for the advicee! You're right my composition still needs improvement. I'll work on it! Though i think it's one of the harder parts of photography.
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Re: contrasty and colorful images 4 years 11 months ago #371

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It's going to be worthwhile, because all your shots will no doubt be a keeper with great compositions :)

Good luck to us in improving our photography skills! ;)

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Re: contrasty and colorful images 4 years 11 months ago #375

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I went through your photostream on flickr and one of my personal favorites you titled "melon." Skate photography, like many sports require so many factors to make for a good composition. You can't just have the skater in the air. A general rule of thumb is to include the action at its peak while also trying to capture the launch and landing zone as well.

Fstoppers did an awesome video with Dave Lehl almost a year ago, noted Snowboard photographer. I know they are not exactly the same, but I feel the points he brings up with composition are very nice. Here is the video

Good luck and just keep shooting!
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Re: contrasty and colorful images 4 years 11 months ago #381

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thanks for the video!
and yes, timing is a pain in skate photography... :p
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