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Learning photo edits - judge away

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4 years 3 months ago - 4 years 3 months ago #4133 by Erin
Darn it, I didn't save the SOOC
This is the post edit (I'm sure that's obvious)


IMG_3757E by nicumom22002 , on Flickr

www.flickr.com/photos/13835309@N00/8726376165/

ISO 100, F71, 1/60 - no flash.
I'm guessing the Fstop was not lower because of the sun, the pic was taken around 11AM.
Last Edit: 4 years 3 months ago by Roy van Ommen.

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4 years 3 months ago #4134 by Roy van Ommen
Hi Erin,

I have editted your post so the image is right away on the post :)

I also checked your F/stop and thats F/7.1 so thats nothing strange. F/70 would be strange indeed.

About the image.

Quality
Image looks well focused and its sharp. So that +1 :)

Lighting
In my opinion its a tad too light. Could be me but i think if you lowered by a stop (so your shutter speed @ 1/125) you will get less reflection at the sun glasses and the skun color would be a tad better.

The skin color looks a bit too light. Or are the girls this light skinned?

Composition
Well. They are kids. So i think this was a matter of a second creating this image. But if you ask me, i would lowered my position a bit, did a step back and tried to get the left girl her right arm completly in the image, because it looks now that she has a arm of about 2 meters...

The right girl is jumping in.. so to be honest, i don't know how to fit that in my composition.. maybe a little moved to the right... but i don't know how i would do that.

Well, there you have it.. my judgement :) Overal a nice shot and i think you have a growing line in your photography.

#KeepShooting

Greetings,
Roy

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4 years 3 months ago #4144 by Erin
LOL, yes 7.1 - missed my decimal there, LOL.
Thanks for the feedback. I took 600 pictures of this family that morning. The majority of my shots were dull. So I tried to boost color in photoshop elements. I'm not sure of the correct way to do this - as I'm learning post edits slowly.
I tried to sharpen first - and that made an amazing difference with each photo.
You had mentioned the lightness - yes they are fair skin, however - I think you are correct - I probably tried to adjust brightness and messed it up.
Thanks for the tip on adjusting shutting speed. Which makes me want to ask this question - if you adjust your shutter speed - do you "have" to also adjust the Fstop every time? Like if you take one up or down a notch "must" you also do the same for the other?
Thanks for your time and feedback, I really appreciate it!!!!
:)

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4 years 3 months ago #4165 by Bill
On the editing take a top down approach, there's a reason why the tools are laid out that way :D! You can always go back and do further adjusting. To add more color to an image try using the Vibrance slider, it selectively adds to parts of the image that are not already saturated.

We're you shooting with a lens hood? If not that's probably the reason for the lack of color, light coming in from the side will sometimes wash out a photo.

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4 years 3 months ago #4166 by Gregory Cazillo
Sharpening should definitely be done last...I agree the image is a little too bright and your exposure should come down a bit. Make sure you don't fall into the beginners trap of oversaturating everything. I'd suggest editing it a few times and posting results so we can help as you go along ;).

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4 years 3 months ago #4170 by Erin
Noted - sharpening done last. And top down approach, the way the tools are laid out. Great tip! Have never played with vibrance slider...remember I only have photoshop elements - will go dig around and practice again. Will play with a few edits and post results. Thanks for the tip! Also found out that my husband DID buy Lightroom, but doesn't remember where he hid it. Ugh!

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4 years 3 months ago #4171 by Erin
Okay - this is what I have to work with - in order from my toolbar in Photoshop Elements 10:


Enhance

Adjust lighting
-shadows/highlights
-brightness/contrast
-levels


Adjust Color
remove color cast
adjust hue/saturation
remove color
replace color
adjust color curves
adjust color for skin tone
defringe layer (what the heck does that mean?)
color variations

Convert to B&W
Unsharp Mask
Adjust Sharpness

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4 years 3 months ago #4172 by Erin
Here is another shot from that day SOOC
www.flickr.com/photos/13835309@N00/8736079379/

And I tried some edits tonight - sadly, my kids were making so much noise I couldn't keep track of what I did. I know I went into levels and grabbed the slider on the far left and moved it over to the right. I think I went into color and increased contrast and finally I did the sharpness.

www.flickr.com/photos/13835309@N00/8736080997/

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4 years 3 months ago #4173 by Bill
ok, what stuck out to me was the lost bokeh in the background, when sharpening try using the mask. If you hold the alt key why dragging the masking slider you'll be able to adjust the mask to just the portions you want. You don't want to add sharpening to the background you want to keeps it nice and smooth ;)

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4 years 3 months ago #4174 by Erin
Thanks Bill,I will try that. Yet something else I've never tried!

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4 years 3 months ago #4177 by Conor Casey
Oh, that second one is sharp! I was going to offer advice but Bill hit the nail on the head with this one. :)

Conor Casey
Flickr

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4 years 3 months ago #4181 by Erin
So I just play with the mask slider (which I've never done before) - and skip the sharpen tool all together?

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