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moloko    186

I spend about 10 minutes on a pic in lightroom. I try to batch process as much as possible. Some I put then in PS for final touchups or to add a border. I may start getting into dodging and burning too so that will add some time.

I really only process 10% of my pics. There is no need for me to do all of them. I try to only do the best and just have the rest sit.

I agree with moonman, PP is part of digital photography.

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sundayx    127

Part of digital photography, but shouldn't rely on it to produce your shots. It's always most satisfying to have an unprocessed shot the way it's captured.

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Andre    9
I'm new to photography but I told myself I wouldn't ever post-edit because I wouldn't take it seriously enough. Right. Now I've figured out post-editing will be a big part of my hobby for different reasons. First, because I'm starting new, a lot of my shots are crap. Overexposed, underexposed, point of reference, etc. I bought Photoshop Elements and a guide book and have found out many in-depth ways to fix these errors. Also, I have yet to buy filters for my camera and Elements lets me adjust the picture somewhat as if there were a filter used originally. Soon I plan on buying these things but that will be over time. And lastly, HDR is really appealing to me and whenever I spend some time taking pictures I will take a few specifically for HDR use. The results can be absolutely breathtaking but I am no where near good with it yet.

In short, for the beginner, photo editing software is a God-send! LOL. I use iPhoto to keep a library of my pictures and then Elements to edit.

When you are out in the field, things like over-/underexposure (unless shooting RAW), white ballance (unless shooting RAW), ISO and composition should be corrected right on the spot. (for example... Too bright? Underexpose it or set the shutter speed a bit lower. Shoot again. Any good? No. Repeat the steps.) Colours, dust/speckles removal, cropping is mostly post processing. Surely you try to get the colours and the composition as good as possible right on the spot. But in many cases it's hard to achieve the desired effect unless you do some post processing.

As far as the filters goes. Get an relatively cheap UV filter to protect the glass on your lenses from scratches and whatnot. Try to keep the filter most of the time on the lens. It's easier to replace a $20 filter than a $500 lens. Aside from that, invest in a good circular polarize filter. Polarize filter is one of the view filters that you won't be able to reproduce in Photoshop or any other image editing program. I suggest B+W MRC filters for their superb quality (read here for more info). There are two models, Slim and F-Pro. Slim is very thin and can't host another filter, F-Pro can. Slim is usually good for wide lenses. All in all, search and read a lot before buying any filters.

As for the software, I suggest skipping Elements and going straight for Lightroom. Whether you are an amateur or pro, LR is a great way to edit and keep track of your photos.

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Jordan Green    2

I edit each photo i take, well the ones i feel have potential, as their own photo and edit them all seperately usually ranging between 10-15 mins playing around in aperture first (WB/contrast) then move to PS to more detailed edits.

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spacey    4

Nice tilt-shift effect Jordan.

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spacey    4

Some more wedding photos. The first two are by my wife. She is fairly new to the game but I think she has potential no?

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Not really technically great or anything but I just like the sequence.

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View the rest here: http://flickr.com/photos/macpham/sets/72157607216332791/ and please leave comments! :)

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o0moonman0o    54

in the dark

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crazzy88ss    65

zomg, you're shelling out cash to ROGERS?

shame shame moon man.

thats good to know any more people out there?

also how much editing do you do on a picture etc in either time or adjustments

I think pretty much everybody does, at least at some level.

great shots.

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Prince Charming    163

Love the toned ones of the kids with the camera spacey. Great photos.

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houlty    2

I'm fairly new to this photography lark... Anyway, got a new lens today (Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D) for my D50 so just been messing about with it really.

My Converse from a recent visit to New York (i didn't have my D50 with me there so didn't get any nice shots of the place unfortunately).

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spacey    4

Thanks crazy/pandya.

Nice shoes houlty ;) The first pic seems a little underexposed though. Also, the second pic would be neat to have it focus on the logo instead of just the back of the shoe. I feel like I want to see the logo clearer...

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houlty    2

thanks spacey, i need all the help i can get. i am truly a beginner...

in terms of the first one, is it just the dark nature of the photo that makes it underexposed, or the black areas???

edit: just looking at your flickr photostream and see you went to universal studios in orlando, and just wanted to say that i went on the simpsons ride at universal in LA and it was one of the best virtual rides ever!!

linky

linky

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Prince Charming    163

It's overall in the first one. Whites should be white and not grey :)

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crazzy88ss    65
thanks spacey, i need all the help i can get. i am truly a beginner...

in terms of the first one, is it just the dark nature of the photo that makes it underexposed, or the black areas???

No, it's the whole image. If you have any kind of photo editing software, and hit "auto exposure" or "auto levels" it would automatically brighten the whole image.

A little bit longer exposure/wider aperture would have fixed this in camera. Or higher ISO, too.

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peterish    2

Last week I got a chance to shoot a wedding with someone established; it was a load of fun and I'm fairly happy with my shots. (not bad for first time?) Any comments/critiques are sincerely appreciated!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterish/sets...57607328632372/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/peterish/sets...57607328632372/

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o0moonman0o    54

good stuffs peterish, those are way better than alotta people's first times!

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o0moonman0o    54

in chronological order.

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byebye

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PT 13    9

Walking into the foam

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goodcase    5

My friend got his ink touched up and shaded tonight:

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I posted a picture before of one of my other friends getting a tattoo and somebody said that it wasnt close enough. Thus:

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PT 13    9

The Shadow

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Jordan Green    2

^^^ that is some sweet ink!

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Was testing out a DIY beauty dish I made for my 430EX flash.

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crazzy88ss    65

You should make a post about how you made the DIY beauty dish; I'd like to see it.

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FredEx    1
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First image from a first time photographer's first dSLR.

:D

...and the first photo posting mistake.

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crazzy88ss    65

^ lol

It's been forever since I posted. Here's a 4 shots with my D90. Both were using the nikon 80-200mm f2.8

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http://flickr.com/photos/stephenkirsh/2867485858/

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http://flickr.com/photos/stephenkirsh/2867502054/

This one's taken at ISO 3200 on a D200 w/ the same lens.

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accesser    1

Anybody know the band "Little Birdy" she is trying solo now this is her @ Vally Fiesta.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/accesser/2855315515/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/accesser/2855316819/

and a few random people from the 3 days.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/accesser/2855248265/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/accesser/2855194739/

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