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    Abbie Camuso
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    How do these look? Which is best? :/

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    thefarmhand
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    What program did you process these in? If it was Lightroom, you want to use more of the Luminance slider in the noise reduction category to reduce grain. Next time you might want to try exposing it differently. I would really avoid blowing out the top right corner. Maybe use a fill flash to help with detail in the shadowed areas down lower if you have to underexpose them a little. The attached file is the best I could do with what you have.

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    Abbie Camuso
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    @thefarmhand, I use GIMP, but how you edited it really did seem to bring out the colors of the flowers, and really made it look a whole lot better!! Thanks!

    #11707

    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    I’d say that’s actually pretty good, considering that the camera used is a video camera, and not actually “made” for taking still pictures. I like @thefarmhand‘s edit, although I might have backed off just a little on the saturation. 🙂

    @thefarmhand, would you mind sharing the process you went through to edit the picture in question? (Nothing fancy, just the basic steps…) I’m sure @abbie would appreciate knowing how to do it for herself! 🙂

    #11709

    Abbie Camuso
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    I agree with @buddingphotographer – I’d love to see how you did it and if I could edit it the same way with GIMP. By the way, how did you know it is a video camera, @buddingphotographer? 🙂

    #11711

    thefarmhand
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    Hey @abbie! Lol, The way to find out what kind of camera you used was to check the image metadata.

    As far as editing goes, I have attached the screen shots from Lightroom. You will find what I changed on the right hand side. Look @ the sliders to tell. I adjusted the exposure, contrast, detail, and a vignette. Buddingphotographer may be able to explain how to do this stuff in GIMP. BTW, that is good for a video camera!

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    thefarmhand
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    The last image has a vignette that I forgot to add the first time, 🙂

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    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    @abbie, here’s a topic I started that tells all the secrets about learning what camera was used, as well as all the exposure settings.

    @thefarmhand, I just assumed you had used GIMP to edit that photo! 🙂 Lightroom definitely makes it easier to visualize the settings used. GIMP doesn’t really have any way to quickly show what edits were made.

    Attached is a quick edit I made in GIMP. I duplicated the layer and set it to “Overlay” mode, with about 50% opacity. Then I cropped it down to cut out the worst of the blown hightlights, and used the ‘Burn’ tool to cut down the highlights even more. Finally, I did a custom vignette… 🙂

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    Abbie Camuso
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    @buddingphotographer, thanks for the “secrets” and explanations of how you edited it! @thefarmhand, thanks for your help also. 🙂

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    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    No problem! The thing that intrigues me about GIMP is that you can always find about 1/2 a dozen ways to do something like that. The way I did it is certainly not the only way to do it!

    #11864

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Two observations.

    First, notice how the shot was improved when the focus was emphasized on the one element in the picture that would be considered as the subject (what was physically in focus). The bright highlight areas (that attract attention) were cropped out, the background was made darker, the color was saturated, and the vignette made the center portion of the image appear brighter.

    Second, notice the clever adjustment by @thefarmhand: a decrease in Vibrance while increasing the Saturation slider. Just adding more color doesn’t always make a picture look more colorful. The sliders in editing programs like Lightroom work together and it’s worth experimenting with different combinations to see how they can get the picture closer to how you like it.

    #11865

    thefarmhand
    Participant

    lol, Thanks @jamesstaddon! Yeah, I wanted color without it looking like it was “glowing”.

    #11885

    Abbie Camuso
    Participant

    @jamesstaddon, yes, they did a great job!!

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