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Rashkae

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If you had found one of those old, weathered, cast-iron locks it would be better. That would make everything appear in the proper timeframe. And then have the gate/door slightly open, just revealing the darkness behind it.
 

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Think i agree with Rashkae about showing the door ajar, meaning the gap and doorframe. have u tried shooting fr the other position, bottom to top?

nonetheless its a good idea to begin with.
 

solarii

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Image is dominated mainly be mid-tones... its pretty flat and uninteresting. Try to add more zest... burn in the latch to give your shot more tonal range. You need something that jumps out of the shot to attract the attention of the viewer!
 

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#1, lead people focus on what(the subject) you want to emphasize, make it sharp, or make it big....etc.

#2, for this picture, you may try to increase the tonal range.
 

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there should be some... i took some shots from various angle but didn't go thru them yet. will upload later :)

zaxh81 said:
composition wise i would prefer to be from bottom up and not top down.
just my personal thought.:)
 

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what is mid-tones and flat? not familar with these yet i'm a beginner :embrass: seriously need to learn more kindly explain (i'm not being sacarstic) i just don't know how to phrase it :)

solarii said:
Image is dominated mainly be mid-tones... its pretty flat and uninteresting. Try to add more zest... burn in the latch to give your shot more tonal range. You need something that jumps out of the shot to attract the attention of the viewer!
 

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which should i focus more on? the pad lock or the latch?

sorry for a noob question what is tonal range?:embrass:

catchlights said:
#1, lead people focus on what(the subject) you want to emphasize, make it sharp, or make it big....etc.

#2, for this picture, you may try to increase the tonal range.
 

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guojielun said:
which should i focus more on? the pad lock or the latch?
It depend which one you want to emphasize, but base on your title, you should emphasize on pad lock.

guojielun said:
sorry for a noob question what is tonal range?:embrass:
some reading about tonal range, in short like others have mention, you photo looks flat, lack of contrast.
 

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Haha ok in layman's terms, try not to have everything in the about the same shade of grey. Its like looking at an empty field of grass. There are different varieties of grass but they're all still green so nothing stands out. Create some variation... something dark, something light etc.

In B&W shots you don't have the benefit of colour to draw attention & create interest, so you rely on tones, shapes, composition etc. All these elements must work in order to get a good image.
 

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i think getting one of those old red wooden doors with the cast iron padlock.. the kind you find in old chinese buildings will create some contrast and color.. and then the slightly ajar door.. haha.. it will totally remind people of that house in 'The Maid'..scary old house..
 

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catchlights said:
It depend which one you want to emphasize, but base on your title, you should emphasize on pad lock.

some reading about tonal range, in short like others have mention, you photo looks flat, lack of contrast.
Can u do some touch up on the pic. to illustrate what it should ideally look like?
 

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Can u do some touch up on the pic. to illustrate what it should ideally look like?
As requested,
I don't believe in anyhow shoot and shoot, than later come back PS and PS, so this is just a quick 5mins job.



 

guojielun

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i see the difference between yours and the original. am i right to say the following?

1. appears darker (the toner range if i'm not wrong)
2. tighter crop to focus more on the subject

am i right?

catchlights said:
As requested,
I don't believe in anyhow shoot and shoot, than later come back PS and PS, so this is just a quick 5mins job.



 

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yes, you're right about this. not only increase the contrast but also burn in to the top to make it darker, I using your photo for illustration, hope you don't mind.

for tonal range, some time you only able to get the exposure close to what you want, and the rest you have to adjust the curve during post production.

for composition, you may look through the view finder to see, move nearer or further, higher or lower view point, from the left or the right, find a composition which you think might work.
 

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i know this has no tonal range...but just wanna have opinions on how this angle looks? better or worst?:bsmilie:
 

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hi guojielun

look at the pp photo by catchlights, the contrast and lines draw your attention to the pad lock.

in both of your shots, the pad lock blends in with the door. no contrast. this smooth tone range is best, imo for skin tone as in artistic nude photo shot in high key.

as for composition, the original 1st photo is slightly better, but was improved with catchlights cropping where the lead lines has been enhanced.
 

guojielun

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thanks for your comments! appreciate it, will try figuring out if the arcphoto software canon provided has this features otherwise gotta get photoshop from funan tomorrow liao :) how much does it cost btw? if it doesn't cost more then 1.5k that is :bsmilie:


denniskee said:
hi guojielun

look at the pp photo by catchlights, the contrast and lines draw your attention to the pad lock.

in both of your shots, the pad lock blends in with the door. no contrast. this smooth tone range is best, imo for skin tone as in artistic nude photo shot in high key.

as for composition, the original 1st photo is slightly better, but was improved with catchlights cropping where the lead lines has been enhanced.
 

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