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Old January 8th, 2009, 10:16 PM   #1
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Ok...well lots of people that take pictures of their cars probably have some sort of post-processing. So i thought it would be cool if we could have a thread showing the before/after of the pictures...I know there are a few pictures i have that involve moving polls, adjusting levels, etc. And the difference among the two pictures can be quite drastic.

Soooo if possible and you don't care. Post up some pictures straight from the camera, then the after picture when all of the processing has been done. Then maybe add in some comments/tips on how you fixed the picture,etc.

I know there are quite a few photographers on here, so i would think we would have quite a few posts for it.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 10:20 PM   #2
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I will start off...I was taking pictures of a friends G35, and when he left i decided to snap a few quick pics of my car. After seeing them i realized they needed lots of work..Still not done 100% after Kevin pointed out some problems haha

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Process involved adjusting the levels, contrast, then some small adjustments in brightness/and sharpening..
As for the hard part, removing the poll from the picture, which took about 2 hours because of how much detail. However i didn't realize that i forgot to adjust the shadow on the hood from the poll..so i will have to change that.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 11:07 PM   #3
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The pole removal looks good, but I think it looks a bit too under exposed.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 11:16 PM   #4
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Don't forget the gaussian blur...

I'll post up one for you guys to see with more later.

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Adjustments:

Well for one, the colors. I changed the colors in Photoshop through it's CameraRAW adjusment mode. I also adjusted things like blacks, contrast, saturation, curves, brightness, I did crop it a little to help straighten the photo out, and how could we forget the vignette. Probably some other stuff that I can't think of too. Most of the editing was done in the CameraRAW settings though.



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Old January 9th, 2009, 12:44 AM   #5
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lol sweet editing skill guys now I know who to talk to
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The pole removal looks good, but I think it looks a bit too under exposed.
yeah bro, you need to calibrate your monitor, that second pic is waay to dark
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Old January 9th, 2009, 01:14 AM   #7
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Looks alright to me?

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Histogram doesn't look too bad.



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I took the liberty of adjusting shadows/highlights in that photo. I probably could have darkened the highlights a bit more and increase the darks a little bit more too to give the histogram a better bell curve.



What I did to get it to that:

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Then I did Unsharp Mask with these settings:
Amount: 25%
Radius: 1 pixel
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ohhh looks good!! i like the editing of my pics haha

is it possible to even calibrate a laptop monitor??
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I don't remember the exact adjustments but I think white balance, de-saturation, contrast, brightened shadows, clarity adjustment, USM, vignettes, border and maybe some selective dodging and burning.

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ohhh looks good!! i like the editing of my pics haha

is it possible to even calibrate a laptop monitor??
Yes it is. You can buy calibrators such as Spyder2 or Eye One if you want to get some serious calibration done. You can also just use something like Adobe Gamma for a simple adjustment. It takes some time and not always has the best result. Also, different programs use different color spaces. My photos will change drastically in looks between Photoshop, Lightroom and Windows Image Viewer. I've managed to get Photoshop near my monitors calibration, but it still isn't right, so I have to save the file and check it with Windows Image Viewer to see how it looks and what changes need to be made.
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i actually added in some clouds earlier...just because i was bored...this picture is a tad better...no pole on the hood anymore...and no gaussian blur...
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Super clean, except what are those lines in the sky where the pole used to be? You did a really good job cleaning it up though.



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Old January 9th, 2009, 02:50 PM   #14
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Un mas...i am just looking at old pictures....

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Editing on this one was very basic..just resize, shadows, levels, and some minor contrast...
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Old January 9th, 2009, 10:56 PM   #16
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ohhhh and if anybody has some non-car pictures that would be nice also...i am going to look threw my albums tom and see what i have...

kinda wish we had somebody on here with a rig shot of the before after
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