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08/15/2005 07:20:20 PM · #1
Yet another newbie! How can I make these look better? Any advice/critique welcome.

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EDIT* And how do I get the thumbnails to show up? I copied & pasted the url after I clicked properties. Didn't work. :/

Message edited by author 2005-08-15 19:21:45.
08/15/2005 07:21:20 PM · #2
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Fixing your links

yet 20 people have fixed your links no one has offered advice.

What are you trying to do with them?
Did you just want a sepia?
Did you shoot them in color?

Message edited by author 2005-08-15 19:24:41.
08/15/2005 07:22:35 PM · #3
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08/15/2005 07:22:38 PM · #4
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08/15/2005 07:30:25 PM · #5
Thanks everyone, for fixing the links.

Rex- Thanks for responding. Yes, I wanted them in sepia to give a vintage feel...however there's something I'm not happy with. Perhaps they should be grainier? That may help, but I'm not sure if it can be done. Or, if I should even bother.
08/15/2005 07:45:06 PM · #6
I'm not especially fond of the thermostat/alarm consol on the wall there. I would clone it out if possible. Also, these look like no USM was applied, and also no softening was applied so far as I can tell. I would use one or the other, as this middle ground is a little bland. I like the colors, and I think you did really well with composition. I would just look at these minor things and it'll make it "pop" a little more.
08/15/2005 08:07:12 PM · #7
I'm nowhere near being an expert, but the first thing I noticed was the coloring seemed too bright for a true vintage feel. I hope you don't mind that I played with your first shot a little bit in PS. I dropped the saturation down about 30% and applied a small amount of USM as kyebosh had suggested. I really like the composition of both shots.
Feel free to disregard. It was just my take on it. :-)
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-Laura
08/15/2005 08:11:33 PM · #8
Originally posted by kyebosh:

I'm not especially fond of the thermostat/alarm consol on the wall there. I would clone it out if possible. Also, these look like no USM was applied, and also no softening was applied so far as I can tell. I would use one or the other, as this middle ground is a little bland. I like the colors, and I think you did really well with composition. I would just look at these minor things and it'll make it "pop" a little more.


I know..that thermastat is a problem. I tried to crop it out, but then the hand was cut off. Haven't learned PS yet, though I just got it (7, actually). Thanks for taking the time to give advice, I do agree with everything you said & I'll try to learn more & fix it up.
08/15/2005 08:16:11 PM · #9
Originally posted by sheapod:

I'm nowhere near being an expert, but the first thing I noticed was the coloring seemed too bright for a true vintage feel. I hope you don't mind that I played with your first shot a little bit in PS. I dropped the saturation down about 30% and applied a small amount of USM as kyebosh had suggested. I really like the composition of both shots.
Feel free to disregard. It was just my take on it. :-)
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-Laura


I appreciate your input very much. I like what you did. I'll have to try it as soon as I download PS. (see above post) I'm going to take a PS class soon, as well. I figure I'll pull less hair out of my head if I have the basics down :/



Message edited by author 2005-08-15 20:17:19.
08/15/2005 09:04:10 PM · #10
If you will put them back up in your portfolio I will give them a whirl. Why take them out?
08/15/2005 09:13:02 PM · #11
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08/15/2005 09:32:49 PM · #12
OK, I've put them back up. I figured I would take them down & try to play with them & put them back up again when adjusted but the truth is I haven't got the time just now.

Loving everyone's input.

Thanks, nsbca7, looks so much better than mine. Mind sharing what you did? :D

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Message edited by author 2005-08-15 21:38:58.
08/15/2005 09:54:20 PM · #13
Here is my version...going for an old wet plate collodion look...hope you like it : }

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wetplate cams had a rather narrow depth of field which I find very appealing..look up Julia Margaret Cameron to see some actual examples, she's one of my favorites : } grain was not present in Victorian era photography...the images were amazing clear and grain free...it all depended on how skillfully the emulsion were applied to the glass plates and what process was used to make a print...some were more "textured" than others..a platinum/palladium print was usually much sharper than a gum bicromate print, etc., etc.
08/15/2005 10:18:20 PM · #14
Originally posted by Napalm Nymph:


Thanks, nsbca7, looks so much better than mine. Mind sharing what you did? :D



If I can remember.

Color Balance: took out some red and yellow. to make it more nuetral.

Shadow/Highlight: Upped the Highlight by about 3%

Brightness/Contrast: Upped the contrast by +13

Hue/Saturation: took more yellow out in the Yellow channel until I arrived at a shade I found appealing.
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