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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #60 on: August 26, 2012, 04:50:05 AM »
I prefer to take a challenge rather than mock.

As I was saying, a BW helps you to get rid of a bad color balance.

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #60 on: August 26, 2012, 04:50:05 AM »

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #61 on: September 05, 2012, 04:52:14 AM »
Well, here's my attempt. Need the practice so any constructive crits welcome!

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #62 on: September 21, 2012, 11:48:55 AM »
Difficult because of the diffuse lighting, improper exposure and what appears to be mixed color temps.

Anywho, here's my attempt to fix the jpg. Done in LR 4.1.

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #63 on: October 03, 2012, 08:32:38 PM »
My swing at it.  levels, curves, contrast, adjusted color, fixed tones and skin, a bit of dodging and burning.  All and all about 2-3 min of work.




Seriously nice work.  Do a tutorial. 
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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #64 on: October 03, 2012, 09:12:22 PM »
Hi,

well im regularly browsing around several websites checking out portraits cuz thats what i like to shoot too. Usually i come across pictures where i just think they look so good because the photo just looks so "fully lighted".
Feeling a bit retarded at the moment but i will still try to explain what i mean.

For example this photo

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8600629@N06/4448073209#

Its not about the composition or anything but the lighting in this just looks so good to me. It looks so bright and the shadows are so soft. Like so awesome contrast and colors.

Other examples (randomly picked from pixe-peeper.com with 50mm 1.4 and 1.2):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24285656@N07/7224316282#

http://www.flickr.com/photos/41174696@N00/3606301684#

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97349383@N00/4021765535#

And in contrast when i take a portrait it just looks so...boring and dull and not brilliant.

Some of MY samples (SORRY FOR ADS ON THAT SITE :( ):

http://s7.directupload.net/file/d/2932/v8c7htox_jpg.htm

http://s14.directupload.net/file/d/2932/e6d27om2_jpg.htm

and last one where i overexposured a little trying to get "that look" from the samples at the beginning.

http://s14.directupload.net/file/d/2932/kbxf5b2c_jpg.htm

Is it just my lens thats so crappy? 50mm 1.8II L(ens hood attached)? OR my 1100D camera? It just doesnt look so shiny awesome like i want. Like so "mellow" contrast only. Or is it just the post processing? Feel free to give my photos a try.

Thanks already

What color space are you using, srgb or adobe?

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #65 on: October 03, 2012, 10:13:31 PM »

Is it just my lens thats so crappy? 50mm 1.8II L(ens hood attached)? OR my 1100D camera? It just doesnt look so shiny awesome like i want. Like so "mellow" contrast only. Or is it just the post processing? Feel free to give my photos a try.

Thanks already

My 50 f/1.8ii gives the same feel. It is an excellent lens as far as sharpness goes and the 1.8 is nice. But it has no saturation or contrast. I shot a wedding last weekend and the 50mm's images all needed retouching, to make them look punchy, where some of the shots from my 17-70 sigma almost seemed too punchy and saturated. every lens has it's strong points. My canon 28mm f/2.8 is very vivid and sharp! but not very versatile. I like lightroom but if you shoot Jpeg try making a custom picture style, thats a normal landscape style, but add +2 saturation. That livens up the 50mm a lot!
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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #66 on: October 03, 2012, 11:04:21 PM »
Even Picasa can give photos some life though I use it only for previewing.  I've just tried doing it with several of jpegs here.  1 min photo editing.  I can't download the raw files because I'm at the office right now. :)
« Last Edit: October 03, 2012, 11:06:15 PM by verysimplejason »

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #67 on: May 20, 2013, 10:54:44 PM »
A chance to try some post processing. Here's my attempt. I enjoyed seeing what others have done. I'm always trying to improve my skills in post processing. It feels like a battle I can never win. I've come to realize that its not easy at all. I should probably do some workshops to get some tips from some pros.

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #68 on: May 26, 2013, 03:29:17 PM »
My swing at it.  levels, curves, contrast, adjusted color, fixed tones and skin, a bit of dodging and burning.  All and all about 2-3 min of work.




Seriously nice work.  Do a tutorial.


Why?  No disrespect, but the image on the right is awful.  Sorry.

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #69 on: May 26, 2013, 03:39:22 PM »
My swing at it.  levels, curves, contrast, adjusted color, fixed tones and skin, a bit of dodging and burning.  All and all about 2-3 min of work.




Seriously nice work.  Do a tutorial.


Why?  No disrespect, but the image on the right is awful.  Sorry.


Each to their own, to be sure... But that's harsh. And maybe a wee bit tactless. At least you said sorry.
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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #70 on: May 26, 2013, 04:26:44 PM »
It's not that big of a deal.  It's a photo edit.  I love his photography.  Which by the way, the above are not his shots.

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #71 on: May 26, 2013, 07:17:02 PM »
Its always easier to shoot it right than to fix it in post. This image is challenging due to the unflattering shadows on the face. OP should try to fill these in a little with flash or a reflector.

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #72 on: May 26, 2013, 07:57:03 PM »
Now I'll chip in. You've done something a bit odd to her face there, to my eye. Rest of the edit works ok though.

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #72 on: May 26, 2013, 07:57:03 PM »

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #73 on: May 29, 2013, 05:55:48 PM »
It's not that big of a deal.  It's a photo edit.  I love his photography.  Which by the way, the above are not his shots.

it was just a 2 minute edit.  I think I did go a bit overboard on the eyes and maybe a little to much skin smoothing, but I wasn't really going for perfection (or maybe going for too much perfection...).  Thanks for the compliment though.

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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #74 on: May 29, 2013, 06:45:04 PM »
Its always easier to shoot it right than to fix it in post. This image is challenging due to the unflattering shadows on the face. OP should try to fill these in a little with flash or a reflector.
You have completely changed the subject's face, and honestly, it looks a little disturbing and alien-like.  Go easy on the brushes.  Sorry to be critical, but it just looks really strange.
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Re: My photos look so dull
« Reply #74 on: May 29, 2013, 06:45:04 PM »