1. Post #4201
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    I still consider myself a sort of newbie, but I'd like to know what you all think of these snaps I took last weekend in London. I only had 2 hours of free time, so I was in a hurry, but I think I might have got something worthwhile out of it.

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr

    London 2017 by J.G. Caselli, su Flickr
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  2. Post #4202
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    I still consider myself a sort of newbie, but I'd like to know what you all think of these snaps I took last weekend in London.
    So i've been thinking about responses to the general questions of "What do you think of my work?" When I hear/see that I want to ask, "What do YOU like about your work?" Yes, having your work CC'd is a very valuable thing (and I will give some after this) but ultimately its a hobby/art that you want to pursue. This is more an an internal quiestion for you to think about but why did you take those photos? Try to see if you can get your selects down to 5 pictures or even 3. It will help you focus and see where the work wants to go. If you are as new as you say think about your own work for a little bit before posting. On that same note and like i've said before in this thread, look at other artist works and see what you can piggyback on.

    So lets start some CC. I do like the more zoomed in shots like this one.



    The whole thing is very symmetrical and actually tells a story to a point. The man just standing there looking at what I assume are movies coming out really adds to it so I really think this is one of the best. For the CC, I think you could of let the frame have more breathing room. Zooming out/stepping back could of given us some more of the story and our eyes could have traveled into the moment ourselves. Im not talking about showing the entire block but maybe a foot or two more all around could have let the viewers not feel so crammed in the space.



    This one is great in with colors. All I see is the red and that's an awesome picture to grab. Everything from the break light on the right reflecting off the van, the bricks on the roof, and even the window above the kiosk all come together to show us some type of red.

    The CC I would have for this is that it's unfortunately just a boring picture once you look past the color. I would of maybe done something closer to the bikes playing with how the seats are all arranged differently.

    You've got the signs of a good eye. Just don't be afraid to show us more. You can change a lot later if you want and you should! Try just sliding bars around and seeing what happens. Or again look at other artist work for inspiration.

    Hope that helps!
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  3. Post #4203
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    Added tons of noise and clarity, going for a 1930's horror feel.
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  5. Post #4205
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    Hope that helps!
    Thanks, it does! Wasn't really asking for any lengthy CC, just if I got something going or not. I dunno, it's very hard for me to judge my own work, and to know if I'm doing it "right".

  6. Post #4206
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    Animal rights activist and public speaker James Aspey at a demonstration on the beach in Vancouver, B.C.
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  8. Post #4208
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    IMG_8223-Pano.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

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    IMG_8305 by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

    Edited:

    IMG_8175-HDR by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

    A stitched Pano shot of Taipei. 13 shots form into one, turns out its 187 megapixel in total

    IMG_8109-Pano-3 by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr
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  9. Post #4209
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    Some test shoot stuff selecting models for a 2018 calendar or something
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  10. Post #4210
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    What kind of calender is it

  11. Post #4211
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    A calander with angels ofc
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  12. Post #4212
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    Some random stuff:







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    This is amazing. Teach me your secrets.

    Edited:



    Added tons of noise and clarity, going for a 1930's horror feel.
    Just buy a cheap DSLR, drop it on the ground accidentally to make sure VR will never work again and shoot at 1/100 & Hi ISO, my man.



    Works for me!

  13. Post #4213
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    temple of kfc by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

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    IMG_8336.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

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    IMG_8390.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

    IMG_8379.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

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    IMG_8357.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

    IMG_8386.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

    IMG_8376 by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

  14. Post #4214
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    I'm really curious how you're doing the colors on this!
    Is it all through lightroom, and if so can you describe the work process?

  15. Post #4215
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    he's taking back the highlights -100 for sure
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  16. Post #4216
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    he's taking back the highlights -100 for sure
    Yes and no, it varies depending on the picture, but generally removing the highlights give you a flatter look.

    Edited:

    I'm really curious how you're doing the colors on this!
    Is it all through lightroom, and if so can you describe the work process?
    Playing with split toning, RGB Curves (including reds, green and blues)

    And colour adjustment, as well as the camera calibrations. I push shadows up, clarity and blacks, highlights down.

    But of course this is rough, most of the shots have a range of adjustments.
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  17. Post #4217
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    I love your photos lately but I don't particularly care for the look of recovered highlights that you've been doing on some of them. It's probably subjective but my taste is for letting them blow out slightly. Seems overprocessed when you try to recover so much detail.
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  18. Post #4218
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    I love your photos lately but I don't particularly care for the look of recovered highlights that you've been doing on some of them. It's probably subjective but my taste is for letting them blow out slightly. Seems overprocessed when you try to recover so much detail.
    Well I upped the highlights a little as per your criticism

    IMG_8795.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

    IMG_8495.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

    IMG_8700.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

    IMG_8713.jpg by Ngoh shian Bang, on Flickr

    Better?
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    Mari by Julian M., on Flickr
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  20. Post #4220
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    1st and 3rd yes, but the second leaves me wanting more. Like, I took it really far (maybe too far) and I think it's a good balance of exposure vs nuance that you've found, but I just don't like the look of a photo that isn't hitting the white point in a few places. Season to taste, you know.


  21. Post #4221
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    what is going on here?

  22. Post #4222
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    Move her over more into the center of the frame - the door isn't as interesting as the wall corner.

  23. Post #4223
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  24. Post #4224
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    Any chance you could send me the RAWs for these? Dropbox/google drive would work. I'd like try processing them so I can give you my take on it.

    Biscuit took it in a good direction but there is only so much that can be done with already processed .jpgs.
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    Any chance you could send me the RAWs for these? Dropbox/google drive would work. I'd like try processing them so I can give you my take on it.

    Biscuit took it in a good direction but there is only so much that can be done with already processed .jpgs.
    Sure. PM me your email. I'll wetransfer.

  26. Post #4226
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    I figured maybe I could try posting some of my photos on here again tell me what you think.


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  27. Post #4227
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    Great shots, though the bnw is my least fav, feels flat to me.
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    went west

















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  29. Post #4229
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    I think you've done a nice job with those there, my friend.
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    Sure. PM me your email. I'll wetransfer.
    I probably botched your vision of what you're trying to do here, I don't have much experience with the look you're going for. However, I think I cleaned up some issues.



    [Click for full res] - I'm assuming you're using Lightroom, so here's the preset I made which is applied to both of these photos.

    With processing photos in general, you will get better results if you work with the existing environment and atmosphere. If you try to bend things too far past reality it just won't look right. However, you can achieve super stylized looks if you carefully balance the heavy processing.

    The outrun/cyberpunk thing features a lot of light sources (neon signs) so I'd recommend simply adjusting the white balance slightly too far in the direction of the color cast you want and going from there. This keeps things consistent and more natural looking IMO.

    Here's the biggest problem you had. You need to keep light sources from looking so dark and opaque. They should 'radiate' light from an almost blown out point at the brightest part.



    Some points I made note of:

    - Don't use the shadow tint (under camera calibration) so heavily
    - Clarity shouldn't be used more than ~20 points in either direction, you had it at +100.
    - Avoid split toning and Dehaze. Play with these after you've done most of your processing and see if they help or hurt.
    - Be more smooth with the indivudual RGB tone curves. Generally keep it a subtle S shape.

    I didn't do this to your photos, but you should start using the Adjustment Brush to make masks. You can get really creative here as this lets you change nearly anything (exposure, white balance, etc.) about a specific part of the image without bogging down the whole image in crazy artifacts.

    Final thought: Until computers can read our minds, we're always going to be fighting with the software. Sometimes you can get better results if you just go with the flow and use what you're getting instead of trying to wrestle a photo into submission.
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  33. Post #4233
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    Finally got an off-camera flash








    holding the stand because of the wind

  34. Post #4234
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    Hey! They look nice! Good white balance and colour. Can't wait to see some more once you do some experimenting.
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  35. Post #4235
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    Finally got an off-camera flash




    holding the stand because of the wind
    If you're gonna be out shooting more, I suggest getting a sandbag, or if you have a car or good shoulders, a c-stand

    A strong gust of wind can knock over and deform whatever light modifiers you have

  36. Post #4236
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    If you're gonna be out shooting more, I suggest getting a sandbag, or if you have a car or good shoulders, a c-stand
    agreed. i've sacrificed many, many umbrellas because i keep forgetting to buy sadnbags
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  38. Post #4238
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    ^ kinda reminds me of jackson pollock