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 Post subject: Editing advice
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:14 pm 
These two pictures are two edited version of the same picture, both are slightly cropped but that's all that has been done to the first, the second is selectively colored and sharpened. I alternate between preferring the more natural look of the first and the more artistic of the second, what do you think? and what other advice can you offer?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/euanmcintosh/6973061483

http://www.flickr.com/photos/euanmcintosh/6973317465/


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 Post subject: Re: Editing advice
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:20 am 
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You've linked the same photo

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 Post subject: Re: Editing advice
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I am a fan of the more natural look, would like to see the face a bit better. Wouldn`t hurt to see if you can brighten up the face a bit. ie a bit of positive exposure dialled in when taking photo or maybe do something post processing.

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 Post subject: Re: Editing advice
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Selective colour weakens the image (as in most cases)... Definitely brighten up the "natural" version and you're good to go. The composition is good and your subject isolation is spot on.

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 Post subject: Re: Editing advice
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The first one. You have a natural scene and the natural processing enhances that. Selective colour adds nothing to the scene. In fact it is rather gimmicky and thus detracts from such a natural scene.

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 Post subject: Re: Editing advice
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Yeah, I agree it's pretty gimmicky. I remember I had a dip in the "selective coloring hole" 1.5-2 years ago. Glad I got out of it! (Just like the HDR hole!)
I guess it can be used well, but still gimmicky imo

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 Post subject: Re: Editing advice
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I think it can work for images that are already quite extreme - such a a model with an outrageous outfit or possibly the classic black and white scene with the Red Double Decker Bus/Yellow Taxi etc. I just don't think a beautiful natural scene benefits from it.

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