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Took these yesterday. All unprocessed and taken in aperture mode.

 

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missed opportunity here I think... the path you pretty much ommited to the right could have been used as a 'lead in line'. Do a google search on 'Lead in lines' as they are a really powerful tool to use :)

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It's hard to get to that stage mate... all you can do is keep trying and learning.

 

Have you seen the competition I've set up on here? Hopefully that'll give you something extra to focus on as will probably help hone your skills quite quickly if you're thinking about a shot and how to achieve it so you can enter something good :)

 

I know i've said it before but try and avoid the scatter gun approach and pick a type of shot and a reason for taking it. I started off just doing portraits of my wife and trying little techniques to see how they worked, so playing around with aperture or poses etc... so whilst you're trying to picture the shot in your head also think 'ok i'll try doing it with a shallow depth of field, and then with a large depth of field and compare how they look'. If you do this you can learn a lot as you're comparing 2 identical pics side by side and seeing how things like depth of field can change how an image looks

 

Yeah I've saw the competition and shall certainly be partaking in it.

 

I've been doing exactly that when I've been out and about to see the differences.

 

I'm hoping to pick up a new lense for my camera soon as well so I'm not just using the standard kit lens. Also hoping that Santa brings me a tripod too. ;)

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Yeah I've saw the competition and shall certainly be partaking in it.

 

I've been doing exactly that when I've been out and about to see the differences.

 

I'm hoping to pick up a new lense for my camera soon as well so I'm not just using the standard kit lens. Also hoping that Santa brings me a tripod too. ;)

 

Good stuff mate :) Kit lens is decent enough like I reckon but depending on what you're shooting a prime or a fast zoom (f/2.8) can give you more scope to get creative with bokeh which is nice.

 

I have a tripod and NEVER use it... not much call with the type of shots I take but if you're doing landscapes etc it'll be a god send... however once you get your new lens a ND filter will be a good purchase or a graduated filter depending on what you're shooting. It's a never ending money pit this photography lark!

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I'm thinking of entering a photo competition, the theme is Festive/Celebrations.

 

Any tips on blowing the opposition out of the water ?

 

My advice would be to buy a £3k DSLR and learn how to become one of the top 5 photographers in the world. If you do this I think you'll definitely win (but don't tell anyone I gave you the tip ok!)

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Is there a way in Lightroom that I could make everything on a photo black & white except a certain aspect of it? Say for example I have taken a photo and there's a flower on it that I want to be kept colourised but everything else black & white. Is this possible? Or will I need to get Photoshop?

 

Like this shot for example. Think it would look good if the rose is kept its colour, but everything else is black and white.

 

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Lightroom is good for making the whole pic b&w but PS would be better for selective colouring. I like that shot actually. You "could" maybe use LR then desaturate the whole image and then use the fix brush and resaturate the one area. PS would be better though as its made for that kind of thing. you could do it with a couple of layers.

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My advice would be to buy a £3k DSLR and learn how to become one of the top 5 photographers in the world. If you do this I think you'll definitely win (but don't tell anyone I gave you the tip ok!)

I'll wait 3 weeks and buy CT's kit off him ;)

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Don't do it... 'colour popping' is awful and tacky.

 

Better to destaturate the image and boost the colour you want to stand out... like this for instance:

 

Here I desaturated the whole image and then boosted the red... much nicer result than colour popping would have produced

 

 

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So, to give you an example Ive very quickly had a look at that pic in LR. This is what I done -

 

- Adjustment Brush - Removed all saturation and brushed away the colour apart from around the flower top

- Increased brightness to lighten it up a bit

- Increased contrast to help make it "pop" a bit

- Added some vignetting, just .. because

 

This is what I got

 

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I'm not keen on it myself, its been overdone imo. That said I have a canvas on my wall of a pic I took and done just that, which was one of my kids and I only coloured the lady bird he had on his arm. In fact, Ive dug out the pic and this is it, its from about 2 1/2 yrs ago so I'll blame my inexperience then ;)

 

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yeah so that looks like you have boosted it up. Best way to think of saturation is having paint pots of colour. You either remove the colour back to the pot (desaturate) or pour more on the image (saturate). You can then do it colour by colour so you could boost only reds for example and remove everything else (like what Andy done above)

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Going to see if there's anything I can do with this processing wise as I haven't touched it yet.

 

Anybody guess where it was shot?

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