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evanwish


Feb 23, 2010, 9:57 PM
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So I took this picture looking back at Mt. Sill at the Palisades with a 2mp camera phone (my dad dropped our digital while rapping off the summit) and am wondering what tricks and tweaks you guys would do on Photoshop to improve it... and make it more "interesting."




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If there's no hope in that one, i have a few more that I am hopping to fix when i figure out what would make them look better.

I don't have a regular camera, so I usually just use the phone to suffice. Some taken by me, some taken by my partners/friends, same similarity, camera phone


Ignore the guy [me], are there any suggestions on how to improve a picture as a whole?



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There are limits. On the top one, you could make adjustments that would make marginal improvements through various adjustments, but there are issues with the image integrity that limit how far you can go (without investing absurd amounts of time).

I don't like the second image compositionally, so I don't feel like commenting.

On the third... I played around a little bit.

Colour balance is off. You have a yellow shift. In this case you could probably pop into curves, select the blue channel and just increase the steepness from the top (drag the top right corner of the line to the left a bit).

Contrast is a little low. Lots of ways to fix this. Really, it's a matter of preference. I made three duplicate layers from the original. On the top layer I dropped the opacity tou roughly 50%, switched the blend mode to overlay, applied a slight gaussian blur. On the middle layer I switched the blend mode to screen, then masked out pretty much everything but the trees in the middle ground. On the bottom layer I applied a slight highpass filter and switched the blend mode to overlay.

The subtlety of the filters gets lost a fair bit since I sized down and compressed what was already a small image, but it's still there in a slight sharpening with a little of the harshness taken off. As always, I feel the need to clarify that my edits are just a really sloppily executed example. I'm loath to put more than five minutes of effort into other people's files, but that doesn't mean a better result can't be achieved with the same techniques.

oops, might as well imbed:



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Amazing you did that in five minutes!! Thank you for the tips, very much. I'm saving these and going to use the instructions to fix the orrigional and some od my other pictures.

Thank you very much


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evanwish wrote:
So I took this picture looking back at Mt. Sill at the Palisades with a 2mp camera phone (my dad dropped our digital while rapping off the summit) and am wondering what tricks and tweaks you guys would do on Photoshop to improve it... and make it more "interesting."

[IMG]http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/evanphoto/Photo0998.jpg[/IMG]

You could do a basic level's adjustment and then boost the saturation by 5 or 6. Should make a big difference. Email me the file and I'll play with it and shoot it back to you ASAP lacosteemmanuel at yahoo dot com


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guangzhou wrote:
evanwish wrote:
So I took this picture looking back at Mt. Sill at the Palisades with a 2mp camera phone (my dad dropped our digital while rapping off the summit) and am wondering what tricks and tweaks you guys would do on Photoshop to improve it... and make it more "interesting."

[IMG]http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/evanphoto/Photo0998.jpg[/IMG]

You could do a basic level's adjustment and then boost the saturation by 5 or 6. Should make a big difference. Email me the file and I'll play with it and shoot it back to you ASAP lacosteemmanuel at yahoo dot com

email sent. Thank you very much


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I use the Shadows and Highlights adjustment in PS sometimes along with Curves or Levels to make an image pop more.

I also like to use Actions that give it a bit more of a creative look - cross processing - lomo etc. Especially when my image is just a lo res jpeg that isn't really a great photo anyway.

Check this list of Actions out - some really fun ones to play around with:
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/...l-photoshop-actions/

Here's my own take on your first image - using Shadows and Highlights and then adjusting the RGB curves separately to give it a bit of a cross process look:


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Wow thats a great link! Its got everything all in one place. Cool stuff!

And i am intrigued on that take on the Mt. Sill photo, it sort of has that 1970's slide feel. (not that i was around them, but i've sat in on enough slide shows from then ha)

Thank you.


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