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01/15/2006 10:41:16 AM · #1
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Just wanted to get some comments and advice on this photo that I took in late 2003 with my 10D. There's been no editing except to decrease the size for upload.

Thanks in advance,

Di
01/15/2006 11:34:07 AM · #2
Oh dear, 25 views and not a single comment?
01/15/2006 12:05:22 PM · #3
I like how the colors are all related, with the ground color and the lions' fur having similar tones yet they stand out just fine. Being a bit like a colorized B&W photo, I'd suggest concentrating on tricks that work well in B&W. Texture, rich dynamic range, that sort of thing. So playing with curves would probably be the first thing I'd try.

Also, since you are already missing parts of tails and paws, how about a drastic crop, just focusing on their faces? Even just the two looking to the left? I realize that's a totally different photo and maybe not what you had in mind, but I can imagine a great photo with just those two faces, with the distractions edited out (like the paw over the shoulder and some of the twigs on the ground).

In any case, your cats sure are more interesting than mine!
01/15/2006 12:12:55 PM · #4
Magnus, thanks so much for the great advice. Much appreciated and it is great to get someone else's view on a photograph so I can pick up on things that I may have otherwise missed.

I will try some of your suggestions and see what the final product is.

Thanks again,

Di

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01/15/2006 12:32:26 PM · #5
Okay, so I found a very similar photo to the first one and I have tried in photoshop to edit it but I really am below beginner level in post editing! What should I be looking at doing with curves etc?

Di

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01/15/2006 12:48:15 PM · #6
It's very small but I tried to work with it to give you some ideas. I cropped into the center, then used a silver gelatin filter. I did a little dodging/burning as well, and added a white border just for kicks. I'll remove it once you've had a chance to look. :)

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01/15/2006 12:57:30 PM · #7
Originally posted by ddng:

Okay, so I found a very similar photo to the first one and I have tried in photoshop to edit it but I really am below beginner level in post editing! What should I be looking at doing with curves etc?

Di

Here's a typical "S-shaped" Curve (on the RGB channel) used to bump up the contrast and mid-tone detail. In general, you will enhance detail in the tone range where the curve is steepest, and flatten detail in the tone ranges where the curve is more horizontal.

Create an adjustment layer with curves, create two or three points on the curve, and drag them around to see the effects. Try a separate adjustment layer with a curve applied to just one channel. Curves are one of your most powerful tools for controlling tone and color, but there's no easy way to explain what to do ... you have to play around until you get a feel for them.

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More examples here
01/15/2006 12:57:58 PM · #8
Thanks Laurie, that really did help and I really like what you did. It does make it a lot less distracting. I guess it's back to the photoshop practice for me! Maybe one day I'll get it!

Thanks again,

Di
01/15/2006 01:00:44 PM · #9
Duotones are great too, and they are based on ... Curves : )

To get to Duotone, first change to Mode > Grayscale and then to Mode > Duotone. I suggest loading one of the presets, or else (for the lions) try setting the colors to black and PANTONE 143.
01/15/2006 01:02:25 PM · #10
Thanks GeneralE, very helpful! I never realised that from one single photo you could get so many different effects! Like you've taken the photo so many different times!
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