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    Default Re: I have a big question going on in my head.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mascaporne View Post
    So to sum it up... the ans is...

    A sharp picture with vibrant colors is the combination of a sharply taken picture + good ps skills?

    (Leave the composition skills alone for the time being, to bring it in will complicate matters)....

    So.. i should stop thinking that camera alone can get those vibrant images? and start learning about what's possible and what's no possible with ps?
    Mascaporne, if I may share with you my thoughts.
    All these while I have been a purist.
    And I frowned upon PP, although I myself played with Photoshop.
    But as time goes by, I find myself changing in this stubborness of mine.
    My personal (note: personal) conclusion is: it is not really that possible to achieve the vibrancy, sharpness and superb contrast simply by depending on a picture straight out of the camera.
    One has to do certain level of processing, even if it is very minimal.
    In times of old, the photographers do it in traditional darkrooms - burning and dodging,
    In these modern times, they do it with Photoshop.
    This is the answer to my question, and I hope, to yours too.

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    Default Re: I have a big question going on in my head.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mascaporne View Post
    So to sum it up... the ans is...

    A sharp picture with vibrant colors is the combination of a sharply taken picture + good ps skills?

    (Leave the composition skills alone for the time being, to bring it in will complicate matters)....

    So.. i should stop thinking that camera alone can get those vibrant images? and start learning about what's possible and what's no possible with ps?
    If your lighting is crap to begin with, well, good luck! My current analogy of photography is like cooking. Shooting RAW is like selecting raw ingredients from the market at the right place and time. Go back and PP is liken to be cooking up the dish itself. You can somewhat cover up lousy ingredients with lots of additional flavoring but it still won't be a great dish at the end of the day.

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    Default Re: I have a big question going on in my head.

    Light quality (links with the time of the day) is always important, that's where it dictates how light/dark, how vibrant, how contrasty a subject looks. The more you can control before bringing it into Photoshop, the better. In Photoshop, it's almost impossible to turn a scenery taken in the afternoon to one taken in the golden hour, it's hard to get good shadows when you took photos on an overcast day... so my point is: Rubbish in, rubbish out.

    The more you shoot and understand light quality, the more you'll understand how much PS you'll need or not even need.

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    Default Re: I have a big question going on in my head.

    Actually it is possible to turn a photo taken on an overcast day into something taken during the golden hour. The problem is that, at the point of time you are doing matte painting and not photography any more

    If your photos are at the 'before' standard of the website you linked, I suggest working on your photography techniques first. The 'before' photos all look rather overexposed. Also, while most people do some form of sharpening to their images, it is no substitute for getting your photos sharp in the camera.

    Maybe you would like to share some of your own photos to show us what's wrong?

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