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Took this at wedding some time ago. Thought I have a go at changing back ground and adding textures. Just practicing something I'd seen on you tube. Curious as to what others may think. Will put before and after

Title:pretty basic
Username:minicooper minicooper
Uploaded:4 Jul 2010 - 6:09 PM
Tags:Digitally manipulated
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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2010 - 10:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a perfectly reasonable record of two ladies enjoying themselves. Album stuff. Not the right subject to play about with though - your mod has added nothing and rather destroyed a reasonable quality image.

Sorry, but leave such images alone - the tricks need suitable images, whatever they are.

Paul

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landscapepics
4 Jul 2010 - 10:56 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The idea of providing a plain background is a sound one, to avoid the distraction of a busy background. In this case, though, it's a little too obvious so that the figures appear like cardboard cut-outs.

I'm no expert in this technique but I think that use of more "feathering" in your brush and then smoothing the edges of the foreground selection are needed to increase the realism.

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 31125 forum posts United Kingdom192 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2010 - 8:42 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's just a snapshot - point and shoot with direct flash at its most basic.
The second version looks like you have photocopied the pics (badly!), cut them out, and stuck them on dark paper.

I'm afraid it is the sort of shot taken on millions of phones the world over, and there is very little you can do to improve it. Not the sort of pic to digitally manipulate, I'm afraid.

Nick

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CathR  7138 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2010 - 2:17 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's always good to have a go at something different and try new techniques, Dennis, but here I don't think it has come off.

It is very difficult to cut out hair successfully unless you spend hours doing it pixel by pixel or spend a fortune on packages which do the job for you. If you look at the original pic the hair looks natural because we can see those odd stray hairs which stick out no matter how well groomed you are. Whilst the black background does suit the pic you can see immediately that you have cut round the hair in an unconvincing fashion.

I am not sure what other changes you have made to the original but the quality seems to have suffered, as has already been pointed out.

I would just accept the original photo as a record of the day.

Best wishes

Catherine

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minicooper
5 Jul 2010 - 9:01 PM

Thanks guys for the feedback. Going to keep trying with other images. There is only really one way to learn is to first get it WRONG then go back again and again and AGAIN until you get it right. Well I've done the wrong bit now let's see if I can it right!

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2010 - 1:23 AM

Stay away from anythng that involves hair until you have the basics sorted out.

Try an object like a car, for example.

Theres a very good video on EPZ TV by Beckham Video about making complex extractions, - take a look and try it.


regards


Willie

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