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KaosEfx
07-06-2006, 12:55 PM
When you take photos or do photoshoots, how much do you you edit photos?

Like, for me, I mainly do cropping and minor retouching (pimples and stuff like that). But some photographers I know do a lot more. They try to edit skin tones and change lighting effects and stuff like that.

So I was just wondering where everyone else stood.

Thanks a lot!!!

staereo
07-06-2006, 01:03 PM
Depends entirely on the model, and the image im going for. I wish I could give you a nice, detailed reply about the level of editing I do. Unfortunately, my desired output is the first question, and the second question is, how much retouching the model/subject needed.

Bruce

Fighterspledge
07-06-2006, 01:18 PM
I use my mac and it comes with iPhoto, and it does some pretty basic stuff like sharpness, gamma, contrast, red eye reduction, and sharpness. Theres more to it but I plan to upgrade to Apeture soon. I try not to do too much in the way of touching up though. I like natural and untouched photograpghs.

Do photograpghers get glomped?

staereo
07-06-2006, 03:00 PM
Well, I've been e-glomped twice, but have yet to be true-glomped.

So naw...

Bruce

Jurai
07-06-2006, 04:10 PM
I don't edit my photos really much. Sometimes i cut a little bit of background, correct the the lightning or the perspective angle. Most of my pics are what they ought to be.

Sometimes I become creative. I cut the model and join them with an other background, change colors and/or shadows and maybe I use the softener to some models. I spend a plenty of time on those projects.

Greetz Jurai

Tenucha
07-06-2006, 04:38 PM
Depends on the photo and how well I was able to execute the ideea with the camera itself.

If nothing else I'll crop photos.
In some action shots, if I didn't already with the camera, I may rotate the shot a 'lil to give it an angle.
Color editing is a rareity for me but if I feel it needs to be done I'll do that also.

Othherwise I leave the photos they way they are.
There's a lot of cool stuff going on in convention photos :)

staereo
07-06-2006, 05:17 PM
A brief, incomplete list of my post production software lineup.
The following are often found in my workflow. No particular order.

PictoColor iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.0 (http://www.pictocolor.com/editlabpro.htm)

Noise Ninja 2 Pro Bundle (http://www.picturecode.com/purchase.php)

Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium (http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/)

Phase One Capture One PRO (http://www.phaseone.com/Content/Software/PROSoftware.aspx)

Nik Sharpener 2.0 (http://www.niksoftware.com/sharpenerpro/usa/entry.php?)

Genuine Fractals Print Pro (http://www.ononesoftware.com/detail.php?prodLine_id=7)

Alienskin Exposure (http://www.alienskin.com/exposure/)

Fred Miranda's 20D CS Pro (http://www.fredmiranda.com/shopping/20DCSpro)

Fred Miranda's Edge Sharpen (http://www.fredmiranda.com/shopping/ES)

OK, I may add more later, my heads hurting. heh...

Bruce

Ashurachan
07-07-2006, 04:59 AM
I edit... way too much.
That is, my pictures suck in the first place, and I edit them in order to get them look at least acceptable :P

Jurai
07-07-2006, 05:11 AM
@ staereo

Do u really need those software packets ? Could u explain us, what the're for ?
I do only use:

Adobe Photoshop CS
Irfan View

Greetz Jurai :skidude2:

deleriumx
07-07-2006, 08:05 AM
i definitely edit all photos that i consider to be artistic in nature. For convention cosplay photos, the level of editing is minimal. but any of the studio or private cosplay shoots are edited in whatever way i feel they would look best. and that varies. sometimes i go for the natural look. other times i want something a little surreal. i look at photography as any other art.. dont showcase it until it is complete...

staereo
07-07-2006, 08:33 AM
The question as to whether a certain tool is needed in photography is a circle that people can rotate around again, and again.

One could say a photographer needs only a point and shoot, but as far as if I USE them, these are the software pieces that I regularly use. So I find them very helpful in my workflow. I would be happy to explain briefly what I use each for.


PictoColor iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.0 (http://www.pictocolor.com/editlabpro.htm)
iCorrect Editlab is a way to bring flesh tones into a flattering light. It allows you to keep your fleshtones as your balancing reference, instead of your actual neutral white balance found with your grey card/white balance card. Sometimes there are situations that a true balanced picture isn't as flattering as you would like, so rebalancing it for flesh tones during retouching helps. In addition, if you miss a grey card shot for some reason, this allows for great 3 level balancing all on its own.


Noise Ninja 2 Pro Bundle (http://www.picturecode.com/purchase.php)
Noise ninja has been a SAVIOR in high ISO shots, particularly before I was using Capture One. It does a fantastic job of removing the digital noise associated with high ISO in digital cameras. Oddly enough, it removes similar grain from scans of film images as well. It uses profiles of noise in your specific camera, as well as a very accurate auto setting that can fix an image from any capture.


Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium (http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/)
This is mostly self explanitory. The only thing I will say additional, is that adobe .pdf are very helpful.
I usually use ACDSEE for browsing, as I prefer it over adobe bridge.


Phase One Capture One PRO (http://www.phaseone.com/Content/Software/PROSoftware.aspx)
Capture One is one of the industry's most renowned RAW capture and conversion software. Easily the best I've ever used by leaps and bounds. I don't know that I could ever go without this software now that I have it, and I can say that this is my single most important software that I have in my workflow.


Nik Sharpener 2.0 (http://www.niksoftware.com/sharpenerpro/usa/entry.php?)
Nik Sharpener is great for a final sharpen before print. It has profiles based on your final output, be it lab, digital, each different brand of printer, as well as color types. It sharpens based on colors too, very very smart software.


Genuine Fractals Print Pro (http://www.ononesoftware.com/detail.php?prodLine_id=7)
Genuine Fractals allows me to increase the size of my images, with minimal loss to image quality. This is an understatement. It does a RIDICULOUSLY good job. Quotes up to 1600% increase is lossless. I don't know about that, but it is far and above any other method of increasing your output size.


Alienskin Exposure (http://www.alienskin.com/exposure/)
This software is intented to reproduce effects of various film and processing. It's very popular, and after using it you can understand why. It brings the film feel to digital. Very smart program.


Fred Miranda's 20D CS Pro (http://www.fredmiranda.com/shopping/20DCSpro)
This sharpener is a great pre sharpener once you've converted. It profiles to the 20D, which matches it to my camera. Very cheap and very effective.


Fred Miranda's Edge Sharpen (http://www.fredmiranda.com/shopping/ES)
This is more bent to the high ISO images that end up a little fuzzier and softer than one would like. It finds edges VERY well and pulls the edges nice and tight, then accentuates them, this giving you a little less of that high iso blur. A quick and easy action that works very well. Oh, and what a great price. Incidently, Fred Miranda has a load of very smart software. I highly recommend checking out his cache.


I hope this is what you were looking for,
Bruce

Jurai
07-07-2006, 10:29 AM
@ staereo

That was very kind. After that I'll try most of them, if I ever could.
Thank u very much !

Greetz Jurai :skidude2:

Fighterspledge
07-07-2006, 12:37 PM
Staereo, That was lot of great information.

Man... I want to be your apprentence.

Cikgu101
07-14-2006, 06:39 AM
I edit them all the time using Photoshop CS2
:bigtu:
trademarking my shots with me signature :toothy: