Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Gerbonium, Jul 2, 2007.
Reshot my friends car and here are the results:
Hmm.. I tend to make my shots dark, but is there anyway to adjust the screen on my laptop? They typically look ok on my screen but when i go to others (like at my school's library) theyre really dark.
Trust me, that really won't help the situation that much.
Except for the last one, the shots look like any generic location, something you pulled off to the side of the road to shoot.
I'll hold out for round 3
This would be a nice situation to try HDR... black shiny car against a lightish background.
If you don't get the chace to reshoot, take these and lower the contrast, then go back and apply a curve, or a wide radius USM to bring back local contrast where you want it...
That's probably what I would do at least.
If you really want your friend to shit his pants though, try an HDR.
I think maybe better advice would be to learn better composition, location selection, basic camera handling and basic photoshop editing BEFORE trying to do something like HDR.
But that's just me.
Well I don't consider HDR to be very hard these days... bracket some pictures, have photoshop put them together, fart with the settings.... done.
Anyway, if he's just shooting for his friend for fun, he's probably not going to bother driving to out of the way locations. I'm not going to advise on composition since I don't shoot cars. Given the fact that those are probably public roadways and he can't park the car in the middle of the road, I think the composition is ok, not great, but ok.
I'm basically trying to give advice on how do make what he's taken better... not so much on how to go shoot it again. One doesn't always get to shoot stuff twice.
That thing is fucking baller. Nice pics.
Yeah no chance to shoot it again. I just bought the car because the pics were soooooooo hooooooooot
wow. just wow.
There's missing the point and then there's this. The point was, how about actually trying to get a decent photograph before jumping to HDR to "make your friend shit his pants".
Nothing like relying on photoshop to fix shitty camera skills.
You don't have to shoot cars to know not to shoot directly into the setting sun. It doesn't take uber composition skills to say "don't pelf your horizons" and even if it's public road, there no reason he couldn't do some panning there to both add something interesting to the shots and reduce the clutter in the backgrounds.
But yeah, I guess just HDR them and it'll be mad pro photarz then, dawg!
HDR was a technique made availible by digital photo processing so you could do things like shoot into the sun and not have it look like shit. You can throw that rule out the window so long as your objects are stationary. Horizons look near level... you can always fix it in photoshop. Even with a tripod, my horizons aren't always 100% perfectly level.
I'm not arguing that I value PS skills over photography skills... personally I don't like spending much time in PS; however, once the chance to capture is gone, PS is your only option.
Also, maybe he doesn't want to do any panning shots? To me a panned shot of a car says something different than a car sitting stationary.
One last note: He never did ask for help in regards to photoshop, or photography in general. Both of us are free to give advice as we please. You can also quit using "photarz and dawg" in a satirical manner in AnP. If you want to be an asshat, go to OT.
awww isn't that cute, someone thinks they are a junior moderator.
As for everything else you wrote: It's not even worth responding to.
I usually keep a clean IL, but god you're annoying.
You tell me how teaching him how to be a better photographer is going to make the pictures he posted look any better.
The whole, "Give a man a fish... teach a man to fish blah blah" does not apply when you only get one shot. (and he probably has another shot, but you never know). Regardless, it's not like you're being helpful anyway... just bashing like an asshole.
wow you are really retarded. You teach someone to be a better photographer so they can go out and shoot more pictures. Not take the shitty photos you have and make them "better"
My art/photography teacher once said
"You can't polish a turd"
It's not like I don't think he needs to work on his skill. I'm just giving tips to hopefully make what he's taken better. He's not asking for anybody's input anyway.
I swear, you make one post and people take it and run with it. Just because I offer PP advice doesn't mean I don't think getting the picture right in the first place is less important.
Also, for the record, HDR is a combination of PP and shooting requiring effort on both ends for it to work properly. One RAW HDRs rarely have the DR that's required to do a legit shot at a nice looking HDR image.
"Give a man a fish... teach a man to fish blah blah" does not apply when you only get one shot"
And these days, yes, you can polish a turd. Search photoshop on youtube. You may not be able to polish the turd into exactly what you want, but you can polish it never-the-less.