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#48948 Latest Photos + 2 time lapses + 2 Star trails :)

Posted by Yang on 07 September 2015 - 10:28 AM

I know, that's what I though I will do but.... tooo lazy atm :D

I hate to say it, but this attitude is going to hinder you so much in the long run. 

When someone takes the time to point out things that could help you, don't make excuses for the things they point out that you know and admit are flaws. Am I asking you to go back on your vacation to fix your mistakes? Absolutely not. I'm hoping that the next time you whip out your camera, you're more conscious of things that are keeping you from creating something more beautiful. I don't post my advise for you to follow to the T, nor do I expect you to revisit past subjects to shoot photos the way I like. What I do expect however is for you to take at least a little bit of what I say in mind, so that the next time you shoot a star photo or plant photo, or what have you, you think "Why did my previous photo not capture my audience? How can I make this work without having a cluttered canvas? What can I take with me to help me achieve the look I want? How can I make this look better than before?" 
The moment you become comfortable with your work, is the very moment something needs to be improved. 


Also a little tip: You may not be able to move cables, but you can move yourself. There's a lot of sky. Explore a little before settling for the perfect shot... Work for it. 

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#48510 PhotoFolio

Posted by Yang on 11 July 2015 - 08:01 AM

As far as an opinionated response, I feel as far as nature shots go the colour grading is quite bland. 

As far as a response towards technical aptitude: I think these shots are quite nice. However there are a few distracting elements in many photos that could easily be removed before you press your shutter release. Keep in mind what goes on in your canvas, and adjust accordingly. Things like stray leaves can be removed, harsh lighting can be covered, and your focus I feel is hit or miss. 

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#48147 Why can't I photoshop at high settings?

Posted by Yang on 21 June 2015 - 09:42 AM

Why is your image on 32 bits? You shouldn't need anything above 16bits even for large prints. :p 

#48080 Random pics taken by me

Posted by Yang on 19 June 2015 - 06:29 PM

Wow guys, way to be asses. 


To the OP: 


It's good that you're experimenting with different subjects. I think if you want to take your work to the next level you should experiment with really trying to send a message with your photos. Don't just pick a random object in your house and try to compose it, but take some time to really think about a concept. Think about an idea you want people to read into, and think of ways to execute it. Some ideas could be trying to express how you're feeling, or trying to tell a story from your past. Try to capture an idea for something you want, or something you really love. 


As far as technical **** goes: Your composition is really hit or miss. I'd suggest doing some self studying on art history. Learn what looks good. Dissect the works of masters like John Waterhouse, Michelangelo, Monet, et cetera. Look at how they light their portraits or landscapes, and notice things like how colours interact with one another. Try to look at subject placement, and how the lighting is laying on the subject. Then when you have an idea of what you want your images to look like, look up how to execute these with technique. Learn how to light your subject, or to incorporate colour theory. For example; both light and shadows can be either warm or cool toned. Unless you're shooting in black and white, learn how to compliment these two elements to bring balance to your images. Let's say you have a photo taken at sunset. The lighting is expected to be warm right? Well then you can incorporate cool tones in the shadows in post. 


These are all basic art concepts that you should be asking yourself when you shoot. Things you should keep in mind if you want to grow. I hope that helps you, and I wish you luck. 

#48079 Camera

Posted by Yang on 19 June 2015 - 06:14 PM

Just pick one under your price range. It's not the camera that dictates how good your photos are. I've gotten DDs on photos that have been taken with DSLRs that are under $200 market value, and publications with "outdated" cameras. :p I've even had my photos used in some films as set styling props before that were also taken with cheapo cameras. 


I know I probably sound like a broken record, but when it comes to buying your first camera, take a risk. Buy something cheap, and see how well you handle it. If you think the better your camera is, the better your photos will be you won't get anywhere with your artistry, let alone the photographic industry. Go cheap. If it doesn't work out, at least you didn't waste any more money than you had to :) 

#47295 Portraiture

Posted by Yang on 25 April 2015 - 06:08 PM

I'm gonna pick at each one just because portraiture is kind of what I do. Take it or leave it. Up to you. I'll start by saying that generally they're pretty good, but there are some things you could work on. 


The first one has really nice composition and posing. It's something you would find in a beauty or glamour portrait. The focus is off on the right side of his face however and thus the texture in his eye, mouth, and skin have been compromised. The thing about portraits is really to pay attention to detail. Skin, hair, eye, lips, all these things contain intricate and beautiful texture that should be retained and respected. Even in high-end retouching, the primary goal is to retain these textures. 

Another thing I want to point out is the colour grading. If you're more into SOOC shots at the very least you should consider calibrating your white balance. There are a lot of warmer hues and magentas that just aren't naturally occurring in skin tones happening in the edges of his face, lips, under the eyes, and the neck. If you want to go for more artistic colour grading, it's still important to keep balance in mind. You don't want one side of the face or body to become over prominent. 



The second portrait of the girl I don't want to spend too much time picking at just because it's really not something I myself appreciates. If you like it, that's really all that matters. Again, the colour grading is something you should work on. Again, even if you prefer SOOC shots, managing your white balance can fix a lot of problems insofar as tones are concerned. 


The third photo isn't a portrait so I don't really have any advice on that. Again, not really my thing. It looks cool though! 


The last portrait is probably my least favourite though. Feels more candid, and the composition is lacking (his shoulder is cut off, weird calibrations going on in the background, focus is slightly off). I'm not a huge fan of black and white portraits unless they're properly planned. You can kinda tell when photos look like they were planned in black and white and when a photo looks like the person just went "I hate the colours so black and white it is."- I'm sorry to say but this photo looks like the latter. 


Hope you keep taking portraits though. It was the harshest critiques that helped my own work grow and I don't mean anything person by whatever I've said. You have a lot of potential with it so I think you should keep pursuing it. :) 

#46906 Jeterino

Posted by Yang on 31 March 2015 - 09:42 AM

The lighting between all your elements is inconsistent (the shadows on the planes are not consistent with the lighting in your valley image... Or with each other for that matter). Your planes are off scale, and it looks very flat. 


Fire produces light, and that also needs to be considered. Water also reflects light, which also needs to be considered.

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#46409 Beauty Retouch (4 Hours Compressed)

Posted by Yang on 26 February 2015 - 06:54 PM

I've gotten a few questions about retouching, and I thought I'd record myself doing the deed and making a speed video from it. 


So, this is a 4 hour beauty retouch. By industry standards this may pass off in a low-key advertisement for some off-brand skin product, but it's really just a very basic retouch. More extensive retouches can take up to 7, 10, 12, hours, or even a whole day depending on the demands of your client, the type of photo you're retouching (hair editorials are the WORST when it comes to time-consumption). I guess I wanted to make this video to kind of show what a simple retouch details. Hope you enjoy. 4 hours compressed into 12.5 minutes. :) 



#46401 Open Photography Competition

Posted by Yang on 25 February 2015 - 09:38 PM

Yeah, it's really all about finding time to sit down and plan a proper shot.


I know I can just randomly shoot something and get a decent result, but I've posted those kind of pictures before and tbh they don't help me improve.


What I lack isn't the knowledge of how to use a camera, it's the knowledge of how to position the elements of the shoot to get the effect that I imagine in my head.

It's all about lighting, and that's super simple! In fact a lot of beginners OVER think their lighting set ups and that just causes mayhem. Feel free to PM me what you have in mind and I can help you get there. :) 

#46399 recent retouch practice

Posted by Yang on 25 February 2015 - 08:57 PM

Not really a manipulation, but I don't know where else to put this? haha 


So I've learned quite a few new techniques for retouching and decided to apply most of them in my most recent retouch. Here's a before and after: 




Stuff Done: 

Separate RAW conversions to conserve and renew lost textures

Frequency Separation 

Texture Graffing 

Micro Burning and Dodging 

Global Burning and Dodging 

Hair Graffing

Makeup enhancement (cloning, burning and dodging, texture graffing) 

Reshaping with liquify mesh

Correcting skin tones

Colour Adjustments

Solar Curve Check



Also, my first retouch in CS6! Wooo. I'm behind... It's alright. I like the darker gray interface. Easier on the eyes me thinks. There seems to be a glitch where  hotkeys randomly stop working. Anyone else experience this? I found quite a lot of people on Adobe's forums complaining about this. 

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#46378 Open Photography Competition

Posted by Yang on 25 February 2015 - 11:53 AM

Neuro is right! You can only post stuff made after yesterday... But I'll be lenient and say this also includes things that have been FINISHED since yesterday. So if you have a photo that's been sitting on your desktop for months but you've never edited it, let alone posted on another forum it I'd say that's a valid entry. 

#46362 Open Photography Competition

Posted by Yang on 24 February 2015 - 05:29 PM

So this is a little different, but I hope you the shutterbugs here will give it a chance! So instead of writing up something that's tl:dr, here's a Q&A on what an open competition is. 



Q: What is an Open Competition? 

A: An open competition is a competition where the community gets to pitch in. The entrants posts works here, and the community then gets to critique and comment on the works before the end of the submission deadline. Then, the competition enters a one-week voting period. It's almost like a team battle that can include the entire community. If you're not a photographer, or just aren't interested in entering, think of the pieces you critique as the pieces you collaborated on. 


Q: So if I enter, everyone will see my work? 

A: That's right. If you're not comfortable with this, you can opt to enter in at the last minute, but I encourage you to give this a chance. What people have to say about your work may help you improve, not just in an objective sense, but in a practical sense that can help you win future competitions outside this forum. 


Q: So how is this different from just posting my work on the forums? 

A: You get a chance to hear opinions in a competition before voting begins. Not many people get this opportunity to create something for a competition, then improve upon it to the judge's (in this case, the community) liking. 


Q: If everyone can see my work, who's to say people won't vote for someone else due to favouritism?

A: No one. But I really do hope this community is grown past the point of voting against rivals, or voting for besties.  


Q: If everyone can critique my work before voting, won't we already know who the winners are before we actually vote? 

A: Not necessarily. Keep in mind not everyone will take the time to critique your work. Also, one person may have a word or two for each and every submission. An honest critique isn't an indicator of if someone will vote for you. 






Official Rules For Entrants

-Entries must be photographs taken by YOU. 

-Entrants are able to comment or critique on the submissions of other entrants

-Entrants are not allowed to vote for themselves 

-Entries must be in line with the given theme (Macros OR Close Ups) 

-All entries must be posted in this topic

-Comments/Critique should be made on said photo using the Quote or MultiQuote function

-Play nice. Any offensive comments, or non-constructive comments will be disregarded. 


Official Rules for Commenters/Critiquers

-You can comment on one or all entries. 

-Comments/Critique should be made on said photo using the Quote or MultiQuote function. 

-Play nice. Any offensive comments, or non-constructive comments will be disregarded. 

Additional comment: I know that while commenting on the same photos for a couple weeks, you'll have an idea of who to vote for

by the end of the submission time frame, but I encourage you to try to keep your voting ideas as subtle as possible till actual voting. 

Keep in mind this is a game, and we want this to be fun! So make it fun! 




Theme: Macro OR Close Up 

(pretty ambiguous theme. doesn't have to be an actual macro. close up photos will do as well) 

Deadline: March 10th 2015

Voting will begin sometime March 11th 2015

#46360 Soft Light Effect - Photoshop Tutoraial

Posted by Yang on 24 February 2015 - 05:02 PM

Disappointed in you, JJ Abrams is.


#46319 Change Color Eyes - Photoshop Tutorial

Posted by Yang on 23 February 2015 - 02:40 PM

I have no words.... Oh wait. Yes I do.  



This isn't real retouching. 


I know that may sound mean, but really the videos you put out almost mock the hard work retouchers actually do. We're not paid hundreds of dollars to enhance colours, change eyes, or replicate Instagram filters. We spend hours of our time, sometimes DAYS at a time without breaks for pleasantries. It's not a hobby, it's not always fun, and it's most certainly not the same as this. It's paying attention to detail, studying actual art-theory, knowing how light and shadow work, knowing anatomy and how skin and texture work in cohesion. It's not "Oh look I can change eye colours." It's real. hard. work. 


I know you probably mean well by these tutorials, but if you're just looking to add cheesy filters to really nice photos, do it in your own spare time. Don't "teach" people this... The industry suffers enough from people who don't know what to do. 

#44753 Nikon D3200 + Nikkor 40mm AF-S f/2.8G Micro DX

Posted by Yang on 29 December 2014 - 02:32 PM