Engagement Pictures D800 + 85f1.4G Heavy Edit

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Engagement Pictures D800 + 85f1.4G Heavy Edit
May 2, 2012

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Nice work! I like the fourth best, though I'd likely clone out the stick (or whatever it is) behind her left foot.

Overall the look is interesting and I think it may be even more so without the orange effects.

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In reply to bmcdad, May 2, 2012

Okay, white balance is off, there are numerous rule of the third violations, I see blown highlights and crushed blacks.

Seriously, the editing has given really vintage, classic faded film look. Just the smoothness of the shots is pleasing to the eyes. I see at least one brenizer method shot. Thanks for posting.

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In reply to bmcdad, May 2, 2012

These are fun and fresh. As photographers we've seen work like this before, some of us are even tired of it, but from the client's perspective the images will seem novel. The problem is, after you run with this style for a few months, interest on social media will decline, not because the shots are bad, but because your following will grow accustom to the style. So if your clients (and potential clients) have a very positive reaction to the style just ride it out as long as you can.

Personally, I love the images. But I have one very real criticism, the first shot is a bit of a crotch shot. But overall, when I see images like this I think young, fresh, hip, marketable.

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High quality hipstamatic ;) n/t
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I wish..
would have made the process much less time consuming,.. but good try!

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"Rule of Third Violation".

That was a pretty good one. Like it would result in a suspension or something. "No camera for one week- AND YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE DONE.". Haha.

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In reply to bmcdad, May 2, 2012

Very nice work, for sure. This look is so in style right now that I'm sure they loved the shots. They'd stand up just fine without the editing.

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Strange that there is no post process hipstamatic soft available for DSLR. Perhaps it exists somewhere, but I haven't seen one yet.

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Honestly, that processing is awful.

The orange "light leak" looks ridiculous, especially as it's the same on every image. It just means that you applied some preset without much thought. Then the rest of the image outside the light leak area has heavy green cast. If the couple like it, great, but if I was having engagement pictures I wouldn't be thrilled with green skin. I'd rather just have normal, bright and happy photos of my engagement, not this "creative" stuff which will look stupid in a few years when the hipster phase wears off. The third photo is particularly bad, where she is orange and he is green.

The pictures themselves are fine, but you've wrecked them with the post processing. IMO of course.

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Thanks for the Feedback..

This was experimental so chill nothing was wrecked I have the RAW files in a safe somewhere so I wouldn't worry about that.. We are all here to learn so take it easy and be nice.. You can still teach someone a thing or two and get your message across without being so rude.. I never claimed these to be art pieces or creative. I simply posted some images and you are having a heart attack in front of your screen trying to think of the next mean thing to say.. If my work is awful it can be fixed. At least I'm not.

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Honestly, that processing is awful.

The orange "light leak" looks ridiculous, especially as it's the same on every image. It just means that you applied some preset without much thought. Then the rest of the image outside the light leak area has heavy green cast. If the couple like it, great, but if I was having engagement pictures I wouldn't be thrilled with green skin. I'd rather just have normal, bright and happy photos of my engagement, not this "creative" stuff which will look stupid in a few years when the hipster phase wears off. The third photo is particularly bad, where she is orange and he is green.

The pictures themselves are fine, but you've wrecked them with the post processing. IMO of course.

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In reply to bmcdad, May 2, 2012

Bill, this being another time I comment on your engagement pictures after you received the D800.

I liked these as much as I liked the previous ones. Here, I loved the use of toning to give them a classical, vintage look; fitting nicely to the traditional and religious preferences of the couple. I appreciated your intention to "add" something to these shots to accentuate the emotions and affection shared by the couple despite their conservative appearance. A well-done series and my congratulations for understanding as well as rendering different cultures masterfully.

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Thanks for the Feedback..

This was experimental so chill nothing was wrecked I have the RAW files in a safe somewhere so I wouldn't worry about that.. We are all here to learn so take it easy and be nice.. You can still teach someone a thing or two and get your message across without being so rude.. I never claimed these to be art pieces or creative. I simply posted some images and you are having a heart attack in front of your screen trying to think of the next mean thing to say.. If my work is awful it can be fixed. At least I'm not.

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Honestly, that processing is awful.

The orange "light leak" looks ridiculous, especially as it's the same on every image. It just means that you applied some preset without much thought. Then the rest of the image outside the light leak area has heavy green cast. If the couple like it, great, but if I was having engagement pictures I wouldn't be thrilled with green skin. I'd rather just have normal, bright and happy photos of my engagement, not this "creative" stuff which will look stupid in a few years when the hipster phase wears off. The third photo is particularly bad, where she is orange and he is green.

The pictures themselves are fine, but you've wrecked them with the post processing. IMO of course.

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lol, no I wasn't being mean - I just didn't feel like I needed to sugar coat about how bad that processing is. I said two times that it is the processing that is terrible but the images themselves are fine. And yup, comments, criticism etc is how we all learn.

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In reply to u007, May 2, 2012

To be honest, I love the processing, especial I love the rings shot #6

As with any processing you will have people who will love it, who will hate it or just think it is just OK
Most important is that the couple will love it.

I am tired of regular shots sometimes and I love to see different look. You nailed the vintage look just perfectly
Thanks for sharing

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Looks like Instagram wedding photos to me.

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In reply to bmcdad, May 2, 2012

Hi quality as usual.

I like all of these conceptually (i.e., framing). Each gives a different interpretation of the couple, and what they're about. Regarding the post-processing - as you state right in the subject line, these are heavy edits. The only time it looks to too heavy to me is where you have some competing orange/green tones that may throw off the skin tones a bit too much.

Of course, that's the beauty of shooting RAW - final versions are never "final". Unless you delete the RAW files, the couple can always get versions with a more "classic" look, whatever that means.

Thanks for sharing.

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In reply to u007, May 2, 2012

Lol mate,

the pictures are lovely, with a very interesting feel on it and very well taken.

you are making yourself sounds ridiculous, unhappy and stupid with such ridiculous comments.

if you don't like it, at least make some construtive criticism what would be better, some good ideas and so on... "stupid, awful" etc words don't add anything at all.

besides, who are you to say that is write or wrong? the couple and photograher like it, who cares? it is not world press competition...
take care and enjoy life.

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Honestly, that processing is awful.

The orange "light leak" looks ridiculous, especially as it's the same on every image. It just means that you applied some preset without much thought. Then the rest of the image outside the light leak area has heavy green cast. If the couple like it, great, but if I was having engagement pictures I wouldn't be thrilled with green skin. I'd rather just have normal, bright and happy photos of my engagement, not this "creative" stuff which will look stupid in a few years when the hipster phase wears off. The third photo is particularly bad, where she is orange and he is green.

The pictures themselves are fine, but you've wrecked them with the post processing. IMO of course.

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In reply to bmcdad, May 2, 2012

very nice work mate, i love the feeling in the pictures.

may I ask what "magic" have you applied to get that feeling?Also, did you use lens baby on pic 4 or wast is done on photoshop?

Thanks
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In reply to SanMat, May 2, 2012

Fads and fanciful image processing comes and goes. Best stick with 'Standard' (whatever that is) processing and get really good at it because that will stand the test of time. In 10 (or fewer) years the clients you shoot that way will be telling their friends and relatives about what a good photographer you are and they will hire you for their wedding.

Personal opinion from an oldster...

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You must know the rules before you try and break them.

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