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Sticky Valentine
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If you're my FB friend then you've probably seen these.

I've been trying to take photos of people lately and I am enjoying it. Taking photos consistently (nearly every day) is helping (duh) as is working on them in PP 5 or so days a week is helping as well. I don't have time to do it for hours every day, but if I only take 20 shots and edit one photo I'm learning a lot.

I've actually started having fun with photography lately!

Here's one of my dad. It's becoming one of my all time favorites.

<img src="https://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l74gglZItK1qd6igdo1_500.jpg" border="5">

Here's one from a burger stand by my work. I think the colors might be too much. I'm trying to find a happy medium here between the brightness of the colors and the darks. I think I may have been a little heavy handed with the colors. It was kind of late last night when I did this one. Whaddya think? Tone it down, or is it fine?

<img src="https://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l7by2hXyRV1qd6igdo1_r1_500.jpg" border="5">

Here's another of my dad.

<img src="https://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l6xceertvr1qd6igdo1_500.jpg" border="5">

So yeah... just wanted to post an update here on RBR so I don't get lost on twitter and facebook. Y'all folks on RBR (Dr. R, MB, Girchy, and Len, especially) have been awesome, extremely helpful, and generous. So I figured that the least I could do was share some of my favorites here with everyone.

These photos are off my tumblr site so they look a tad bit off and are a little small. I might update with ones a little larger after I get home. None of these have been uploaded to Smugmug yet and I didn't allow access to the original file size on my tumblr.


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Joe: I like them....the second is too saturated for my taste but that's an easy one...(and personal)

One of the things your pictures remind me of is something I learned and relearn constantly.

The better I know the subject (when I'm shooting people), the more likely I am to get a really good candid shot of them. Your pics of your Dad show that in spades.

After 2 weeks of shooting in Europe, I (re)learned that shooting every day matters.

I like your blog BTW

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I like the second one, except for the fact that the guy's face and hand are Oompa-Loompa orange.
 

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JoeDaddio said:
... I've been trying to take photos of people lately ......
Does Doc R know you are doing this?!?

:yikes:

I quite like the first photo of your dad. A nice natural look and you got nice and tight.

The pink in the second image does seem off but do you like it? If so then don't worry about what anyone else thinks-find your own look. :thumbsup:
 

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That dude in your second shot really looks like his fake tan went nuts!

I like that first shot of your dad!
 

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Sticky Valentine
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Oracle7775 said:
I like the second one, except for the fact that the guy's face and hand are Oompa-Loompa orange.

I tried like hell last night to tone that down. The problem was that his skin tone even in the original shot was orange! I'm thinking that he had some light reflecting off the menu and sign because I had to desaturate the photo to nearly black and white before that orange tint went away. I'm going to mess with it more when I get home later. Maybe I can do something with it in NX2 as Light Room wasn't that helpful in that regard.


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Len J said:
Joe: I like them....the second is too saturated for my taste but that's an easy one...(and personal)

One of the things your pictures remind me of is something I learned and relearn constantly.

The better I know the subject (when I'm shooting people), the more likely I am to get a really good candid shot of them. Your pics of your Dad show that in spades.

After 2 weeks of shooting in Europe, I (re)learned that shooting every day matters.

I like your blog BTW

Len

Thanks, Len. I appreciate it :)


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Do you have these shots pre-edit?

I think the composition is great, but the editing somehow takes away from the shots.
 

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The saturdation is definitely boosted for both, but I think it works well for the first one. It looks like the lighting conditions were a little hard in second photo. I wish your dad's face has some more light on it... the tie is a bit distracting in my opinion. The facial expression is a good one, and it is very telling.
 

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I'm going to pretend I didn't see the bookend shots, even though they're rad. I'm especially going to pretend I didn't see the muted lighting in the last one, because I like how it turned out.

Middle one is too saturated. I think you can play a lot with that but when you start to have creepy skin tones it becomes a problem.

Also, I like the composition a lot, though you could get lower.

Are you using NX? If so, you should really start messing around with control points. Instead of saturating a shot, you can adjust the levels so that the shadows are way too high, then use control points to deselect regions where you've lost shadow detail. Gives you rich color without being oversaturated. I won't post an example here because I would never, ever post a pic in someone else's photo thread.

 

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q_and_a said:
Do you have these shots pre-edit?

I think the composition is great, but the editing somehow takes away from the shots.

I've got them at home, not with me here at work.

The editing is odd, I'll give you that. I was doing it on purpose trying to make things a little overdramatic. Lots of experimenting.


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DrRoebuck said:
I'm going to pretend I didn't see the bookend shots, even though they're rad. I'm especially going to pretend I didn't see the muted lighting in the last one, because I like how it turned out.

Middle one is too saturated. I think you can play a lot with that but when you start to have creepy skin tones it becomes a problem.

Also, I like the composition a lot, though you could get lower.

Are you using NX? If so, you should really start messing around with control points. Instead of saturating a shot, you can adjust the levels so that the shadows are way too high, then use control points to deselect regions where you've lost shadow detail. Gives you rich color without being oversaturated. I won't post an example here because I would never, ever post a pic in someone else's photo thread.

All of the editing for those three were done only in LR.

As far as saturation goes I am not sure I touched the saturation bar in any of them except for that middle one, and it was just a tad (though I think I need to back off the vibrance quite a lot). In LR I bump up the fill light to 100% and then bump up the blacks to 100%, then back things off accordingly. I think that does something similar to what you're explaining in NX, only it affects the entire image rather than specific points (which becomes a problem when you're photographing umpa lumpas).


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Like the first one the best. Definitely saturated a bit much on the others. And I'll second the Nik tools. (I'm not a nikonian so I have the equivalent NIK tools to the nx stuff)..
 

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Better?

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I like all of them, but especially the one of your dad.

In the canopy/pink shot, I turn to black and white and find that it tends to make the photo even more interesting when you can use your imagination to see the colors that are there. I have a very similar shot from Niagara Falls if you want to see what Im talking about.



Also, its hard to believe that you're your dads son. Its not like you look similar or anything. I'm sure you love hearing that.
 
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