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Old Jul 26, 2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, last week I bought my first dslr and have been lurking here ever since. Really enjoying the site, I knew there was alot to photography but must admit I'm quite overwhelmed right about now!

Anyways, I downloaded the trial version of PS Elements 8 and here is my first shot at editing.

It's a picture of my niece in my backyard the other night.

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Took me way to long to get it to that stage so I'm quitting for the night, but reasonably happy with the way it turned out.

Thanks for looking.

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Old Jul 26, 2010, 11:29 PM   #2
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I dont know what to make of you No-Regard. First I will say welcome. I dont know what you gain by telling us a tale about this being your first use of Photoshop. There is no way possible that a newbie can close crop the girl, the girl's hair and the bubble as precise as you have and drop in another background. I do see some color from the original background under her chin, in the hair where it crosses over her neck and in the hair to the extreme right just above her dress. But your close cropping is excellent and comes after much practice. Im curious to know what your next tale will involve.
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Old Jul 26, 2010, 11:31 PM   #3
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hi..... first welcome to steve's now your just teasing us haha which dslr did you opt for ? elements 8 is a very good program i use it myself as for your pp i think you are off to a very good start ......... i would consider cloning the lighter area behind your niece's back with the darker shade and also loose the house window after that you have nailed it can i ask what you have done pp wise?
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Old Jul 27, 2010, 7:46 PM   #4
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Ha ha, I guess I take these doubtful comments as a compliment?!

I can assure you all that this is the first time I've even looked at photoshop (is pp short, thought it would be ps?)

I bought a canon xsi and so far only have the kit lense, 18-55mm I thinks. It really is overwhelming, the photography and the photoshop!

It took me 3.5 hours to do this pic, and I'm not even sure how I finally got the color portion of her to sit on the vintage background, it all of a sudden happened and I was very happy as I was ready to give up.

The cropping wasn't that hard, I used the quick selection tool and it would pick out big sections at a time. Got pretty quick at it by about the 30th time! AAAHHH!!!

I like your idea about getting rid of the light area in the lower right (its actually my nephew), and the house but I'm not really sure how. And I'm not sure if I'm ready to get back into the photoshop, it was pretty frustrating.

Anyways thanks again, I think.
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Old Jul 27, 2010, 11:37 PM   #5
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just clone it out http://forums.steves-digicams.com/1111633-post7.html
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Old Jul 28, 2010, 6:08 AM   #6
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With shots like yours, the more you blur the back ground, (DOF), the better the photo is...Makes the subject the main focus without having unwanted backgrounds drawing your eyes away from your subject...It is a wee bit soft (out of focus) but still a nice photo...
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