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      Smile Anti's Eye

      So over the past... four years? Something like that. I've gone from just investing in a decent camera with no idea what to do with it to shooting paid gigs like weddings and senior photos.

      However, I feel like I've plateaued. I don't believe I know how to get better at composing images, or tweaking them in Photoshop. I'll be posting some of my favorite shots here; please leave me constructive feedback! Pick them apart and tell me what you like or don't like about them! I want to get better!

      I have an idea:

      As I mulled over my bitter feelings of stagnation the other night, I remembered a cool project my brother proposed to me years ago. He suggested I create a picture book with my photos. Not just an aimless photo album, but one that told a story through the images. However, I do want to include some text like in a children's book but for much deeper adult subjects. And I am willing to drop a little bit of money to make a couple professionally printed copies if I can manage to produce something worthy. What do you guys think about this? Would anyone want to collaborate??

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      Last edited by anti_nation; 05-03-2016 at 05:55 AM.
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      Nice photographs. (I don't know about collaborating because I'm not a photographer.) But these are very well done. Particularly a fan of the second post.

      If you were to pursue some kind of picture book what kind of theme or narrative might you use though?

      Protip: You can upload your pictures to Deviantart, Imgur, etc, and link them here. Then they won't be so tiny. Mods won't crack down on you for long posts (Er... at least they shouldn't). It's your art thread after all.
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      You have a really good eye for color, light and shape. You see things through the lens that evokes emotion. Lovely.
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      Thanks guys! As for a theme or narrative, I'm not entirely sure. I haven't thought about it too deeply since I have lots of other things on my plate at the moment. I would really like it to have some dark overtones. My personal style is all about showing others how I see beautiful, amazing, energetic, and awe inspiring things. I don't have much experience with capturing darker or negative emotions as I've been working as a photographer and counselor out at a summer camp for three summers now, and my current style blends well with my environment. I'll be sure to start experimenting before I jump head first into this.

      @JadeGreen I'm trying to link some of my old DeviantArt images, but no method seems to be working. http://fav.me/d6lkvc5 is what I'm trying to display.

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      use [IMG] I tried it, its embedded in the post. I don't know why its not working. Try putting your images on Imgur.


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      User Error!

      Edit: I tried using the "direct link" given when I'm looking at the photos individually and got an error message saying they're too large. That be the issue. I may be just trying to use the full size 7mb file. Oops!

      This was from my most recent senior photo shoot.

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      Lucid Dreaming Music Video

      So I have an immense passion for video and filmmaking as well as photography. I almost forgot about this half music video I made last year. It's dream related!

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      Self portraits.


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      That river photo! So good. Fantasyish ( if that's even a word )
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      Haha thankyou! It's been incredibly warm here in Ohio, so I've been going out and hiking a lot this winter. Not that snow will stop me, of course. I have lots more I haven't posted here that I've taken over the course of the last five years. What kind of stuff do you want to see? More fantasyish stuff? haha

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      What kind of stuff do you want to see? More fantasyish stuff?
      Sure!

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      These are for you, Saizaphod!










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      Great pics! I also love the video! You've managed to capture the essence of lucid dreaming there. Today I had a super vivid ld where I was walking on the road barefoot just like the girl from the video, feeling every little pebble underneath.
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      Thanks NyxCC!
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      Great pics! I also love the video! You've managed to capture the essence of lucid dreaming there. Today I had a super vivid ld where I was walking on the road barefoot just like the girl from the video, feeling every little pebble underneath.
      You really do have stunning variety and complexity in these photos. Out of curiosity, do you do any correction in post; (tweak color levels, photoshop out things you don't like?)

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      Quote Originally Posted by JadeGreen View Post
      You really do have stunning variety and complexity in these photos. Out of curiosity, do you do any correction in post; (tweak color levels, photoshop out things you don't like?)
      Thank you! Words of approval are my love language.

      Every image I intend to post somewhere other people will see goes through Photoshop and gets tweaked. Sometimes heavily, sometimes just one small adjustment. The example I've posted is years old and one of the cleaner raw images I've managed to get.




      I boosted the saturation, put some contrast back in her face and the grass. I made her eyes really pop and warmed up the skin tones just a little bit. I usually have to do much more now that I've set custom picture profiles that give me a flatter and more unsaturated image. (A flatter image gives me more flexibility in Photoshop)

      Edit: Here's a better example. This was taken with a new camera/lens setup about a month or two ago. I had a setting sun giving her a rim light. I wasn't able to bring any reflectors or flashes with me this time around, so she came out a little under exposed. In Photoshop, I masked around her face, feathered the mask, brightened and added contrast. I bumped up the color temp so she didn't look dead, and several other small adjustments until I was satisfied.

      If anyone's interested in comparing Photoshop workflows, I am very much interested in chatting! Let me know what you guys think.

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      Tried a different method of editing this time around. I like the results.


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