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How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

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Old 12-10-2009, 04:10 PM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

What a pretty little girl!
Here is my look for her.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:10 AM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

Crisp?
My version.
Denoise.
Sharpen and lightened the eyes.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:08 PM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

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What a pretty little girl!
Here is my look for her.
If i can make a suggestion on this one.

I see u added some catch lights there. I think they look somewhat out of place since its a day lit scene and they look like coming from a flash. For this kind of scenes try wider and softer catchlights emulating actual light source which in this case is the sky.

Also the colors in the jacked got plugged up.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:26 PM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

For vivid colors and a crisp clean look you definitely need
a GOOD lighting + good lens + low ISO + proper exposure for your subject.
Than you could have clean and sharp RAW file without noise, which is essential for postproduction.
Check out this site http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/
I suggest you start with this: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html
There is also a flickr group where you could find lot of inspiration and lighting setups
http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/
Also check out really useful videos about lighting with Joe McNally at kelbytraining.com.
( 25$ for 1 month, but it's worth it...so much info there... )
Lighting is answer to your question :-) Without light there is no detail, no color...

In attachment is very lame example with horrible composition, sorry for that,
but you could see what I'm talking about with the lighting...
One off camera flash with small softbox at subject.
No postproduction at all, just default sharpening in ACR...
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:27 AM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

I think the background has a great influence on an image's apparent 'punchiness'. The background in your aspired photo example is 'clean', simple, and uniform, while the background in your image is multi-colored, multi-shaped, and generally cluttered. That detracts seriously from its overall 'punchiness'.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:43 AM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

Use a white or silver reflector to filll the shadows and to brighten the eye with a little reflective light. Your light meter is giviing a faultly read because of the bright sky in the background. Train your eyes to look for background and foreground clutter. If you can not elimante it, move in to fill the frame with your subject. Play around with the image with a graphics editor.
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Old 01-01-2010, 08:49 PM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

Is the grain you're talking about the digital noise? You can try a program like NeatImage to remove as much of that as possible, should be what you're looking for. A fully functional trial version should be available on their website.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:40 AM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

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find what is the sweet spot for the lens you are using and shoot at that Fstop
the lower the ISO the less noisy/grainy the picture will be
make sure your optics are clean
I second this. Go to a lens review website and read the reviews on your lens and what its optimal shooting conditions are. Lenses behave the best in the middle values, F4-11, if its a zoom lens, zoom it to the middle.

You are shooting into light, are you using a lens hood? The lens hood increasing contrast.

How does neat image work? Does it blurr the photo?
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:49 AM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

I haven't read through every single post but it seems a great number of responses try to address the problem in post-processing...I'd suggest looking at your camera. ISO comes to mind first, but I'd also consider recalibrating your lens. Here's a quick "how-to" I find helpful:
http://www.photomatter.com/Reviews/NikonD300b.html
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:04 AM
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Re: How do I get crisp clean photos like this?

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I have been playing around with my lighting, but this camera is super new to me. I would like to get really vivid colors and a crisp, clean look like this; any advice? I have a Nikon d200. I am sure I will need to do some in photoshop as well. The first photo is what I want mine to look like, and the second is what mine does look like.

http://www.suzieseagraves.com/blogpics/092608_0022.jpg

http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...43a6ae76a2.jpg
Man, I red 2 of your threads and you're quite lost. Today, pictures are done in Photoshop and Lightroom, not in the set with the lights and such. The picture you show was adjusted in Photoshop, it doesn't matter the camera, you can achieve the same result by using any camera but Photoshop. Take a look to my portfolio, you will find several retouchs/manips of pictures taken with different cameras, from the cheapest to the more expensive. The only thing that really matters is the lens you use, then the camera. For example, a Nikon D700 is the best camera ever made so far in the 35mm format and below because its low noise. It's not just that, low noise means better tonal transitions to play with in the post.

Will keep reading your replies,

Mart
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