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Beginner...trying to learn
I'm a beginner with freelance photography, trying to come up with images for my portfolio and learn at the same time. I've messed around with photoshop -I can do a few things, but still learning all the terms, etc...
But, I frequently browse the net to find inspiration, and ideas for taking pics/better pics...and learn how to edit. I'm hitting a wall with this one today, so I thought I'd see if you all could help me achieving the look of a picture I've found, and trying get the same feel. The first pic is the original:
And this one is mine: (hope the link works, just signed up on Flickr!)
Any help would be greatly appreciated, whether its about the actual photo or the editing. And no comments about my dirty kitchen sink!! j/k
Re: Beginner...trying to learn
To insure threads remains useful in the future, regardless of external links always attach an under 100K version of your picture in the thread, unless prohibited by copyright (which is why I did not post the target picture by Paul Politis)... If you want to post a larger resolution that is over 100K then you can host your image elsewhere and attach a link in the thread as you did here.
You can post up to 5 fairly large pictures which are under 100k using the 'save for web' function in Photoshop for each of them as described here: Size, Quality and/or Format your Attached Images.. (Click here)
How to attach Files/Images to your Posts or Threads: (Click here)
Your image seems very soft, and much darker on one side.. perhaps a tripod, lower shutter speed, and greater depth of field, and the use of some reflectors would garner better initial results..
For the image presented I did a levels adjustment, curves adjustment, copied the adjusted image twice and set those layers to screen and masked off the to bright areas using a gradient mask, new layer filled with 50% gray and set to Overlay Mode, added some noise (Gaussian), mono @ about 5
~~ Original ~~ ~~ Adjusted ~~
Re: Beginner...trying to learn
Thanks for the tip OlBaldy!
Now I am going to try and do what you did, by using your instructions on the image! Yea I did notice mine was a little softer, as most of my black and whites are, but only just because couldnt figure out how to get that "look".
Thanks for showing me. I'll try it myself and show the results!
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