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Old 11-05-2008, 07:59 AM   #1
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The Focus in a Desktop Photo....

It's somewhat different from a normal photo. I'm no Photoshop expert, but I've used it long enough to master a few touch-up techniques. I want to retain most of the reality.....but I did a few things like removing one sign on the road in the first picture. I also had to adjust the contrast and brightness, because of the extreme white of the car. But both photos are reasonably un-touched, however.

I always leave a section at the lower edge that I know will be covered by the task-bar. And depending on how many short-cuts you keep on the desktop, it's probably better to leave a darker area at one edge, so the short-cuts show up.

Anyway, here's two I did recently.....both are about 1mb each since I'm on a dial-up, and things load slow. I wanted an equal emphasis between the car, and the fall colors. The photos are similar, but the first makes a better desktop IMO. Criticism welcomed...... of the photo, not the car.






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Old 11-05-2008, 11:44 AM   #2
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The second one is great, a nice bright cheery picture perfect for the fall season. If it was me, I would remove the pavement stripes using the clone tool, but I'm just weird about trivial details like that, lol.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:55 AM   #3
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hell I wish it was still fall.......... now I'm just getting snow fall all over Foci, and it sucks
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:57 AM   #4
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i would also get rid of the R or what ever it is on the 1/4 thats just me...

besides that the image enhancements look good not to over done at all... good work
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My preference for these sorts of photos has always be for late afternoon shots. But with this white car the shot becomes much more difficult, trying to balance the bright with the shaded areas. With my Nikon F2, and before Photoshop, it was even harder. Now it's easy enough to adjust the shot in the computer..... but you still need to be careful.

This next similar shot had some buildings in the background that didn't fit in...removed them. And there was misc. crap on the road surface that had to be touched up. This would be a better desktop for someone with a lot of short-cuts. And it's pleasing on the eyes......(forget the graphics).

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Here's one more.....with the Focus taking up a bigger part of the photo. It's still pretty good for short-cuts. Almost no touch-up to this one. I haven't decided if I like the car slightly bigger than in the other three photos...

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overall these are pretty good.
Here is my 2cents....

In the first one the colors are too washed out.
If using Photoshop:
-I would do a exposure adjustment
-shadow\highlight adjustment and
-adjust the individual colors. Like the Reds, Greens and yellows, also brighten the white of the car.

Second is cool and nearly perfect.
My adjustments
-remove the white lines
-remove the parking curb
-slightly adjust the Shadow\highlight to add more overall depth to the image.

3rd is nice too.
My adjustments:
-adjust the individual colors
-adjust the shadow\highlights and exposure. try to loose some of the darkness in the front of the car. Dark areas are cool in its and effect. But where this is a real life shot it is kinda taking away from the overall look.

Forth one
My adjustments:
-Fix the shadow\highlight to bring out more image depth
-adjust the individual colors

Here is and example of what I mean

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Your original image:


Your image with minor tweaks:

But like I said these are nice images! Good work
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^^^^ Thanks....As I said, I struggle with the contrast in the Focus part of the photo. Unless I would section the car in Photoshop, then adjust the bright area by itself, I'm not sure it could be done correctly. Now you're talking about a very time-consuming project. Might leave that for the winter time, when I'm stuck in the house.

It was about 75F today in St Louis.....and the fall colors are still good for photos.
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Looks pretty good.....the saturation and contrast are higher. The hood looks better, but the reds are too intense, much more so than reality (of course you couldn't know that). I'll keep working on it....
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It actually doesnt take all that long to do the adjustments to be honest. I did that one in like 2 minutes. I could do a better job of it if I had the full rez shot.

Keep in mind do all of you editing in the original image sizes. The more digital info you have the better. That way when you resize for the web all you really need to do is adjust the sharpness a bit and wont loose any quality.
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