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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by SecaBoy » Tue 07 Apr, 2015 12:11 pm

i started watching some tutorials on lightroom over the long weekend and WOW!
i'm only 5 episodes in, and so many features i either didnt know what they did, or couldn't get them to work the way i thought they should work.

after about 10mins on a photo, i turned what was quite an average, underexposed, boring photo of my car into something that i would actually print and put on my wall after a bit more work on it.

i feel like such a noob for not having done this before. glad i finally pulled my finger out and started watching them.
i dont know how good this guy is "in the industry", but his name is Anthony Morganti and there is a 50 part tutorial on youtube. each episode runs from 10min - 25min i think. so pretty short and quick guides. :)

anyway, thats my photography related excitement for the week. lol
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Post by daBOODA » Tue 07 Apr, 2015 12:50 pm

^ I'll have a look. I do need to learn more about LR. Every time I learn something new about LR it makes my workflow so much faster.

Another LR/PS guy to look up is Tim Grey. He does a podcast and is in a few Youtube videos.
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Post by SecaBoy » Tue 07 Apr, 2015 2:44 pm

thinking about taking it to work and listening to more of them during lunch time. lol.
its like having a new toy! haha

i do feel a little stupid, but things like lens correction absolutely blew me away! :oops:
and then the whites/blacks sliders whilst holding the alt/option key also made me quite excited! :lol:
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by SecaBoy » Tue 07 Apr, 2015 2:45 pm

this is the youtube link:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... MyXWXd3yF7


i'm sure there are way better ones out there, but i just happened to stumble on this guy. :)
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Post by daBOODA » Tue 07 Apr, 2015 3:58 pm

SecaBoy wrote:and then the whites/blacks sliders whilst holding the alt/option key also made me quite excited! :lol:
Oh yeah this feature is awesome. It lets you choose the right black/white points for the image.

A big feature I accidentally found: Match Total Exposure. If you take a lot of shots in the same lighting and you use an auto based mode like aperture or shutter priority then Match Total Exposure will save you shit loads of time
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by SecaBoy » Tue 07 Apr, 2015 8:58 pm

will have to look in to that....... once i finish the 50 episodes. lol


this is the photo. its obviously a long way away from being perfect, but it was more just to play around with the things i learnt. :)
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Post by SecaBoy » Tue 07 Apr, 2015 9:00 pm

and the original:
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Post by iano » Fri 17 Apr, 2015 9:21 am

Logan's Ridge - Mt Barney

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Totally totally epic climb. Ran out of daylight and had to camp out under the stars on the only flat ground we could find, just below the notch. The notch is the beginning of the final difficult ascent, lots of stuff on google about it. Weather conditions were astonishing, mild, cool, still, sky was awash with the milky way, and not a breath of wind.

This was taken the next morning about 5.30am
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Post by SecaBoy » Mon 25 May, 2015 9:39 am

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Post by daBOODA » Mon 25 May, 2015 10:16 am

Ooow hot springs!
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by iano » Mon 25 May, 2015 1:17 pm

Dust spots most likely. Can I offer some crit if I may?

1) - Good comp actually no it's great, but scenes like this are really tricky to correctly expose. Do you know how to take a manual exposure reading? Aperture and shutter priority modes will throw a scene like this out nearly every time. I'd have spot metered on the ferns, and set my exposure value according to that. Then lock it, recompose the scene, take the shot. Ignore the meter in the viewfinder if it tries to tell you it's way off - it won't be. Polariser could have helped here too, reduce the glare on the rocks.

2) - This shot needed to be taken at F/16 or higher. The background looks glorious, so why throw it out of focus? Would have looked awesome if the entire lot was sharp, foreground leaves, and the water running behind it.

3) - Love it, wouldn't change anything. Where is this btw? Didn't you guys go to Bali?

4) - This one's also great, nice framing. And yeah you've got a big dust bunny on your sensor unfortunately. Easy to clone out. Have a bit more of a play with levels in LR. It looks good already but there's definitely further potential to make it really pop.

5) - Cool angle! Made me look twice.

6) - Rock face tends to take away the main attraction of the shot, which is the geyser.
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Post by SecaBoy » Mon 25 May, 2015 1:49 pm

always open to critism/pointers/etc. thanks. :)

1) nah, never taken a manual exposure. i've always just exposed for the highlights and then adjusted the photo in lightroom later. will have to read up on how to do a manual exposure reading. i force myself to shoot in manual mode because it makes me pause and think about all of the settings rather than just one. maybe its a wrong way to learn, but just how i do it.

2) i was going for that effect. crisp front and blurred background. i did the opposite here: https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/ ... 2510_o.jpg but dont really like it. but fair point and each to their own i suppose.

3) thanks. i really like that one. i think my mum wants to get a canvas done of it. but i told her no, its not good enough. lol.
honeymoon was in NZ. all those photos were taken in either Rotorua or Huka Falls.

4) yes. now that i've noticed the dust spots, i'll be going back through all of them and cloning/healing them out. annoying the shit outta me.
i'll have another go at editing. this was one of the last photos i edited, so you're probably right, i probably missed something.

5) thanks.

6) yeah i get what you're saying. i was trying to show how there was this massive rock wall surrounding the pit, but because the steam was so intense and dense i couldn't get the back of the wall through the steam, so thought this would show it. obviously not though! haha.


thanks again for the pointers. anyone else?

on a side note, one of the guys at work saw the pics last night and then said to me this morning "holy shit ash, those pictures really show how much weight you've lost". *not sure if compliment or insult* lol
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by iano » Mon 25 May, 2015 3:50 pm

what lens did you use for that rushing water shot with the leaves around the edge? Pretty sure with the right focusing technique you could get those leaves sharp.
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Post by SecaBoy » Mon 25 May, 2015 7:09 pm

Can't remember off the top of my head. But I'm pretty sure it was my Nikon 18-200
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by iano » Mon 25 May, 2015 8:18 pm

Excellent travel lens, but it creeps. That is, you set it to a wide focal length and if say the camera rests on a tripod, it will gradually zoom closer - doesn't stay where you put it. They may have fixed this on later models.
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Post by cGr » Mon 25 May, 2015 8:51 pm

It's hardly going to creep during a photo of water in full sunlight...

Stand further back from the leaves, leave the aperture as is, and you'd get more of the water in focus. That said, if you like the photo then it doesn't matter what other people think!

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Post by cGr » Mon 25 May, 2015 9:02 pm

SecaBoy wrote:thanks again for the pointers. anyone else?
Robert Capa (google him) is famous for saying 'If your photos aren't good enough, you're not close enough' - my thoughts on your photos is that there is too much unnecessary information in your framing. The good thing about modern cameras with high megapixel counts is that you can crop for the same effect.

1st/4th/6th photos are good examples (1st - crop the trees out, keep the tree on the left for framing and make use of the waterfall/ferns, 4th - crop out the left most palm tree and leave the other 2 in, 6th - ditch the rock wall, its way too dominating).

Ironically, if you crop the 4th pic down, it ends up with a similar composure to the 2nd pic.
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Post by SecaBoy » Mon 25 May, 2015 9:08 pm

Thanks cam. Obviously have a lot to learn still.
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Re: Professional Amatuer Shots

Post by cGr » Mon 25 May, 2015 9:17 pm

We're always learning Ash ;)

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Post by cGr » Mon 25 May, 2015 9:20 pm

I shot this on a farm visit over the weekend (waaaaaaaaaaaay out west, no moon, no light pollution). This is exactly how it looked in person - it was almost disappointing to come back to Brisbane the following night, look up, and not be able to see a fraction of the stars.

No exif so don't bother looking. As with a lot of things, anything is possible with the right gear.
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