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Official BeyondUnreal Photography Thread

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by BillyBadAss, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. BillyBadAss

    BillyBadAss Strong Cock of The North

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    Don't worry about every shot being perfect. The trick is to keep shooting and maybe out of 36 shots you have one or two good shots. Usually they are never the shots that you think they would. (At least that's the way it is for me) Just keep shooting and applying what you learn.
     
  2. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    Yes!

    I've spoken with a lot of highly successful photographers in my area and its not uncommon only get a few keepers out of 100 shots (depends on the type of photography your doing). Your shooting to capture something and for some reason or another (usually for technical reasons) most shots are just ok. Nothing wrong with being picky and showing only your best.
     
  3. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    I still havent gotten around to the HDR portrait yet. It was raining!

    I was able to do a quick session with a fantastic model I've worked with in the past. She dyed her hair pink a week ago. I've never seen any really-well-done pink hair portraits before. I gave it a shot!

    I threw in a few BW shots just for kicks. I have a new BW technique that I've been rocking lately. Clients seem to love the suedo pencil drawing effect it gives. It looks just like my old photo realistic pencil drawings I used to do. Probably why I'm so psyched about the technique.

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    BTW: I did this with 3 wirelessly triggered flashes, two umbrellas and 2 white sheets in her living room. Who needs a studio when you have creativity on your side?
     
  4. Emmet Otter

    Emmet Otter I miss XMP :(

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    Great shots 007mike! I wish I had models for photoshoots:(
     
  5. anaemic

    anaemic she touch your penis?

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    damn son, those are some breastisisis alright
     
  6. das_ben

    das_ben Concerned.

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    Shots from my recent vacation in Cologne and Berlin with my old crappy camera. Bear with me.
     
  7. Crotale

    Crotale _________________________ _______________

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    Mike, that look on her face in number 3 is awesome. It almost looks like she is smirking.
     
  8. WaitForTheRain

    WaitForTheRain New Member

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    Some photos from a recent studio shoot:

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  9. Jacks:Revenge

    Jacks:Revenge ╠╣E╚╚O

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    wow, those are outstanding. for being pretty simple shots, just knowing that they're authentic makes those fascinating to study.
    and here I thought the world was actually just black and white prior to 1930 :eek:

    edit - ok so that page has a link to the main collection of those color photos. if you have the time to browse any of it, try by keyword, there's some really beautiful, vintage sh*t. if you're into that.

    click!
    [screenshot]http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/fsac/1a34000/1a34500/1a34552v.jpg[/screenshot]
    [screenshot]http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/fsac/1a34000/1a34800/1a34893v.jpg[/screenshot]
    [screenshot]http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/fsac/1a34000/1a34200/1a34271v.jpg[/screenshot]
    [screenshot]http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/fsac/1a34000/1a34200/1a34202v.jpg[/screenshot]
    [screenshot]http://memory.loc.gov/service/pnp/fsac/1a34000/1a34400/1a34424v.jpg[/screenshot]
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    considering all of these are real it's pretty amazing I think.
    massive collection here:
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  10. Igoy

    Igoy dea ex machina

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    Love the last shot, 007MIKE! Can we see it in colour?
     
  11. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    LOL, sorry. The photo doesnt work well in color for various reasons.
    She loved the last shot the most.
     
  12. Phopojijo

    Phopojijo A Loose Screw

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    Quick Photoshop for fun.
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    Reallly not my best work but meh :p
     
  13. The_Head

    The_Head JB Mapper

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    Great shots Mike - I'd love to get a chance to work with a model
    Like yours also WaitForTheRain - huge contrast with Mikes in style. I like :)


    Snapshot through a window of the house yesterday in low light. Squirrel!!! xD
    Wish it wasn't so dim, wouldn't have been able to lower the iso and get rid of some of that noise.
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  14. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    Then go for it!!!
    www.modelmeyhem.com is a great place to start. It removes the awkwardness of asking strangers. Very competitive on there. Best to find some newbie models to work with first and then work your way up.

    ISO noise is part of the image! Use it. If processed correctly it can enhance the look and feel of an image.

    Since Phopojijo has already broken the ice on custom edits of other peoples work:
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  15. Phopojijo

    Phopojijo A Loose Screw

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    Subtle but great.
     
  16. The_Head

    The_Head JB Mapper

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    Nice edit Mike. I can see you have played with the contrast which is something I really should have done more. (you should see the original, its really lacking - it was a fair increase just to produce my version!)
    How did you get it to look so much sharper though?
     
  17. SlipStreams_65

    SlipStreams_65 User Titles are Useless.

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    Some HDR shots I done recently:

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    Non HDR:

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  18. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    First of all I opened the image using raw converter in bridge. (yes you can do that!) I changed the images color temperature to a more pleasing hue. I knew the squirrels belly was more of a grey or a white than a blue. Then I opened it in photoshop.

    I had noticed that your subject was a bit softer than the grass in front of it. To correct this I used a series of techniques to enhance the sharpness without introducing more noise. Using Genuine Fractiles I scaled the image up to 2000px high. I do this instead of using the standard PS resizing because it doesn't make the image blurry. It will however reveal detail you hadn't noticed before. (it doesn't create more detail though you may think so at first) I then used Noise ninja with custom settings, not to remove the noise but to enhance the image by use of a subtle contrast sharpening. (not the same as normal sharpening) The effect is very pleasing and it brings out the detail without enhancing the photo noise, jpg artifacts, or introducing halo effects on subject edges.

    Just looking at the levels In PS I saw that the photo was underexposed a bit so I corrected it using a combination of "levels" and legacy contrast slider. I noticed your comments about contrast so I made it extra contrasty without loosing image detail. :)

    The squirrel was still looking a little soft so I used the patch tool to select him. Adding a feather radius of 5px I was able to add additional sharpening without creating an obvious boarder. Feathering just makes the transition nice and smooth. I think I used smart sharpening settings of 70 and 2.0 "lens blur".

    Finally I resized the image down to 600px high for web save. The image immediately appeared sharper and more pleasing. Much more so than if I had done all of these steps without upressing the image first with genuine fractals.

    This was all done using my personal techniques and tastes. Its a lot of work and it really is a poor substitute for a in focus shot or a sharp lens. Thankfully the tools are available to help us enhance our images when things do not go according to plan. Squirrels are fast and hard to keep up with!
     
  19. The_Head

    The_Head JB Mapper

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    Thanks for the nice in depth explanation Mike. Have an E-Cookie :D

    I certainly can't blame the lens, it was shot with my 70-200 f/2.8! Sadly it was a massive crop - was the far end of the garden. I hope the squirrel being softer than the grass in front is a one off, I've read comments that the Sigma front focuses sometimes. I've yet to notice it in any other images, so I hope it was coincidence!
     
  20. OO7MIKE

    OO7MIKE Mr. Sexy

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    Unedited Pink hair woman! This is one of my original raw files. I have also included a converted .dng file just in case you cant open my 40d file. This is an easy one with very little initial airbrushing to do.

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    Open, process, edit, go crazy... have fun!
    I would like to see what you guys can come up with.
     

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