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lostinbids
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Posted Sat May 10, 2008 4:31AM
I am thinking of uploading this photo


http://a4.vox.com/6a00e398be8445000400e398f830b40004-pi


I think it would make a good stock photo but I also feel it may be rejected for noise (i have used a bit of noise reduction in capture nx) and lighting (it seems a little flat).


What do you think, and what do you recommend I do to the image.


regards Jo


P.S. I have a model release for the person with the rucksack

(Edited on 2008-05-10 08:35:57 by lostinbids)
esp_imaging
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Posted Sat May 10, 2008 5:15AM
Lighting is too flat - do a curves adjustment make the light and mid tones brighter, keep the dark tones roughly as they are. Also think about changing the colour a little - slightly bluer may work a better. I don't see obvious problems with noise on a quick inspection. Is there an orange logo on the brown garment on the man's back which should be cloned out?
YinYang
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Posted Sat May 10, 2008 5:50AM
Hi lostinbids, A little contrast boast with the curve would do some improvement with the shot, I would also tweak the color balance as well, it looks a little too warm. There is a slight softness, that might or might not be a deal breaker, you might try a very slight selective sharpening.
lostinbids
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Posted Sat May 10, 2008 6:52AM

Hi Guys- thanks for the input, most helpful.  I will try that and post back with the results.
lostinbids
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Posted Sat May 10, 2008 8:35AM

I have tried editing the picture as recommended.


this is it http://a2.vox.com/6a00e398be8445000400e398f84ff20005-pi


Does this look better (i think it does).  I think the original looked soft as it was a raw file with no sharpening at all (the sharpened one show that my friend should buy an iron). 


Please let me know it you think this looks right now.


Regards Jo
sakaasa
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Posted Sat May 10, 2008 11:04AM
Jo, the image is looking a lot better in your revised version, but I think the color cast could be corrected just a bit more. See if you agree http://foto.jesa.net/examples/lib1-1.jpg


eta: fixed the link (I hope..)

(Edited on 2008-05-10 11:49:22 by sakaasa)
lostinbids
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Posted Sat May 10, 2008 12:17PM

Hi Sharon


I really like the crop. The image has loads of punch now. How did you do it (I hope it is not a trade secret ).


regards Jo
jtyler
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Posted Sat May 10, 2008 4:26PM
I'll bet they are going to want a MR. 
hatman12
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Posted Sat May 10, 2008 4:36PM
I'm afraid this picture looks too noisy and posterisation has been introduced by the levels or curves adjustments (see right elbow for instance). Most of the people can be recognised and I suspect that model releases will be required for all of them. Sorry.

(Edited on 2008-05-10 16:38:56 by hatman12)
sakaasa
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Posted Sun May 11, 2008 7:02AM
Posted By lostinbids:

Hi Sharon


I really like the crop. The image has loads of punch now. How did you do it (I hope it is not a trade secret smile ).


regards Jo


 I just did a quick adjustment using the first jpg that you posted. Working from a 16-bit NEF and using a few more minutes would give a better result.  (I didn't keep a copy of what I posted, so I did it once more so I could record the steps and reposted the image. I am getting too old too remember these things! LOL)


Turned on Double Threshold, placed a white control point and then a black one. Turned off Double threshold and placed two Neutral Gray Control Points (you can move the gray points around until the colors correct themselves). Then used a few Color Control points to enhance contrast, brightness or color in smaller, localized areas like the windows, the overhead lighting, and so on. Last, I used Saturation/Warmth to cool the image a bit more overall and increased color saturation very slightly to accent the overall reds and blues. The last thing I did was crop the image to get rid of the distracting half-person on the extreme left and put your friend in the 2/3 vertical crop line (head in 1/3 horizontal).


Basically, just start off by studying your image and remembering how the hall looked and made you feel when you walked there. You liked that location or you probably would not have choosen just that place. So, remember and then recreate, or bring attention, to what you liked.  There are nice converging lines, a big airey hall, a man travelling somewhere. Accent the things that tell that story.


You wrote that you have MR. I think you should work from the NEF, even if it is just for practice. You might just surprise yourself and discover you have an image worth submitting.
sakaasa
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Posted Sun May 11, 2008 7:44AM

I tried to edit my last post, but the editor would not let me for some odd reason. I read now that it is a MR for the mann with backpack. So, perhaps making siluettes (sp?) of the other people would make the image acceptable? I did an example and reposted the image once again. This time I used a control point on each man to darken them. I left the radius for nearest man (partly bald) slightly larger so the area would also be slightly darkened to blend (close the step). The man ahead of the woman, I used a new control point and then darkened, left the step opened and used the + brush to color just the man.


My job is just a fast mockup, but I wanted to demostrate that it is possible to make these people more generic while also bringing more attention to the subject - which is the man with the backpack.
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