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amitr0 Mar 14, 2007 12:49 AM

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no matter how hard i try, i cannot get the wow factor in my images.

some say, u gotta improve ur contrast. some say light. some say play with the colour curves.

Can some one analyse these pics i a will now upload, and tell me how to improve. infact a few photoshop enhancements on these to show me the effect would also be very very appreciated.



mcliu Mar 14, 2007 8:29 AM

well they are "wow"

Mar 14, 2007 10:33 AM

Try asking for help on one image at a time...also, asking in the right Forum (where I'm now moving this) will help.

fofa Mar 24, 2007 5:33 PM

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I deepened the shadows to bring out the water depth a little. Added some clouds to give it some depth. Don't know if it meets the WOW criteria however.

amitr0 Mar 24, 2007 9:55 PM

fofa wrote:
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I deepened the shadows to bring out the water depth a little. Added some clouds to give it some depth. Don't know if it meets the WOW criteria however.
The image certainly looks much much better. CAn you please teach me how you did all this please...

alex james Mar 28, 2007 5:02 PM

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hi amtir0, this is just using curves, and then put a border around.

Reanimator Mar 28, 2007 5:25 PM

what needs to be done with a few is to take two shots with exposure for sky and land then blended in photoshop to give them that wow factor.......u can even do it with black n white, its high dynamic range.......some are rather flat and no amount of adjusting contrast etc will fix that :-(. for instance the first shot of bridge....sky is exposed nicely.......shadows too dark........lighten shadows sky looks poor..hence u take two images and blend......get the ideal shot

Gary

amitr0 Mar 28, 2007 8:45 PM

Reanimator wrote:
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what needs to be done with a few is to take two shots with exposure for sky and land then blended in photoshop to give them that wow factor.......u can even do it with black n white, its high dynamic range.......some are rather flat and no amount of adjusting contrast etc will fix that :-(. for instance the first shot of bridge....sky is exposed nicely.......shadows too dark........lighten shadows sky looks poor..hence u take two images and blend......get the ideal shot

Gary
gary,

thanks for the great insight! I get the logic. I have HDR in my mind, but since I am a beginner I do not know much of photography, so I decided to leave it apart. I will consider starting it instead!

Apart from HDR, how can we get those rest pics better?

Reanimator Mar 29, 2007 3:11 PM

had a go with the wine bottle and glass

did best i could with levels...........histogram was all over the place and showed signs of previous adjustments.......its best to only do 1 adjustment as data is lost !

also unsharp mask, till it looked fine to my eyes

lastly i used a alien skin plug in called exposure and tried various blach n white film effects till one looked ok result is bellow, is it better??

http://www.hd7.co.uk/showimages/P1020029%20copy.jpg

amitr0 Mar 29, 2007 5:45 PM

it sure does!!!!! damn, i need to learn these things fast!




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