A little help with editing

Discuss photography tips, cameras, and photo theme of the month ideas here!

Moderators: B Michaelson, southernbelle, jessm, 1daysoon, reapage, Honey Bunny, unaffected, maddy, TrebleLily

A little help with editing

Postby shrimpsey » Tue May 31, 2011 9:26 am

I took some pics of my girls, I think I did pretty good, but when I try and play it ends up grainy, and looks noisy. It doesn't look like this on my computer in the place I edit(just the windows editor) Why is it clear in the program, but then I post and it looks over processed or something?? IDK. What do you think of these pics, and what is the best program to use for editing pictures. Thanks :D


Molly
Image

Image

Meghan

Image

Image

Image
Image
Michelle 31 ~ Jim 38 ~ 2 angels 05/07 & 10/07
Believe| Breast is Best | Nutritional Cleansing
Our TAPS twins arrived at 31W2D~ Meghan 3lbs 1oz ~ Molly 2lbs 14oz
Image
Image
Image
User avatar
shrimpsey
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 2557
Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:00 am
Location: Canada

Postby chumleyk » Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:27 am

What kind of camera are you using? Can you post a before/after of one of the pictures?

I like Lightroom for photo editing.
~Kristin

Kristin - 27
DH Peter - 27
DD Lucy born 7/20/2009
DS Tommy born 2/22/2011

Blog about the kids: www.thelucytommyshow.blogspot.com

Image
User avatar
chumleyk
Addicted
Addicted
 
Posts: 705
Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:00 am

Postby acorns77 » Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:25 pm

they have gorgeous eyes! I just started using lightroom and photoshop
Me-32, DP-31
7 failed IUI's
IVF #1 4/09 BFP -ended in M/C 5/09
IVF #2 BFP! two 5 day embies put back 8/15
9/11 6w4d saw strong heartbeat!

Image

Baby girl born 4.21.10 7 lbs 2 oz 19 inches

Image
User avatar
acorns77
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 1499
Joined: Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:00 am
Location: MN

Postby chumleyk » Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:38 pm

Everything I know about lightroom/photoshop I've figured out from trial and error. I have both, and I think lightroom is easier to use for quick fixes. Photoshop is better for major editing and photo art.
~Kristin

Kristin - 27
DH Peter - 27
DD Lucy born 7/20/2009
DS Tommy born 2/22/2011

Blog about the kids: www.thelucytommyshow.blogspot.com

Image
User avatar
chumleyk
Addicted
Addicted
 
Posts: 705
Joined: Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:00 am

Postby shrimpsey » Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:13 pm

Thanks for respondong ladies. I am using a cannon sx 30 is, basically a point and shoot, and I am still trying to figure out what else it does. I have never taken any photography or anything, totally just learning and playing, but this camrea does take some good pics, and I have a few I have been proud of. Here are 2 of my favs I shot with my camera

The Moon
Image

And at the animal farm

Image


Here are the origionals of the babies. I will try the photoshop and lightroom, are they newbie friendly?? lol. And if any of you experts want to, plese feel free to fix the pics of my kids, I would love to see what you can do with these. Thanks!

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Michelle 31 ~ Jim 38 ~ 2 angels 05/07 & 10/07
Believe| Breast is Best | Nutritional Cleansing
Our TAPS twins arrived at 31W2D~ Meghan 3lbs 1oz ~ Molly 2lbs 14oz
Image
Image
Image
User avatar
shrimpsey
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 2557
Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:00 am
Location: Canada

Postby puddingpop » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:19 pm

Shrimpsey it's hard for me to say because I'm on the laptop right. It looks a little like a combo. If the camera took the picture with bad exposure, and then you go back in editing to try to "fix" this. It creates noise.

The edit ones look over exposed to me. I'm not sure what editing steps you did, but it just too over exposed.

The unedits look like you only need to adjust the white balance.

For editing I use LightRoom 90% of the time. This only because Photoshop is confusing the crap out of me. If your only planning on taking photos of your family I would go with Photoshop Elements. This is a step down of the full version of photoshop, easier on the wallet, and a good solid editing program.

Your girls are so darn cute!
DD #1 I Feb 2000
DD #2 M Oct 2008
Image
Image
Image
puddingpop
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 1081
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2007 12:00 am
Location: Oregon

Postby victoria_1024 » Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:51 pm

The originals are a hundred times better than the edits. Honestly I don't think there's much you need to do editing-wise with your originals, I think they are cute as is. My advice to you would be to start practicing with natural light and no flash. I know you have a point and shoot so you may not be able to do manual mode, but most point and shoots you can turn off the flash, so maybe try and find some nice big windows to pose your girls by and work on the natural lighting before starting to play around with editing. It's really really hard to edit pictures where the flash was used.

And once you get to the editing stage, I have photoshop elements and I think it's great.

Love the pictures, your girls are so cute!
victoria_1024
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 4609
Joined: Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:00 am

Postby shrimpsey » Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:13 pm

Thanks for the help everyone. I haven't had much time to get on and play in the new programs, but I will be. I appreciate all the advice and feedback. I am going to take more pics using some differant techniques and the new programs once Dh is off. I need an extra set of hands, lol. WIll KUP on how the next session goes :)
Michelle 31 ~ Jim 38 ~ 2 angels 05/07 & 10/07
Believe| Breast is Best | Nutritional Cleansing
Our TAPS twins arrived at 31W2D~ Meghan 3lbs 1oz ~ Molly 2lbs 14oz
Image
Image
Image
User avatar
shrimpsey
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 2557
Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:00 am
Location: Canada

Postby photofashionista » Sat Jul 09, 2011 7:15 pm

Have you done any more sesions? Anything outdoors yet?
Christina-32 4 miscarriages elevated FSH
Katelyn Michelle born after 4 long years of TTC 9.27.10, 8 lbs 12 oz., 20.5 "
Everett Steven 6.20.12, 8 lbs 15 oz, 21"
Cole Thomas July 17, 2014 8lbs 12 oz 21"
Nov. 2015 :angel:
https://www.facebook.com/christinaskinnerphotography
Image
User avatar
photofashionista
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 3611
Joined: Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:00 am
Location: Orange County, CA

Postby shrimpsey » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:44 am

YES! Funny you posted because I just did some practice outside yesturday. Intuition?? :wink:

So, I have stopped using the flash, however, I am finding my pictures without it are really soft and a lot of them are blurry, so I am not sure what I am doing wrong there, still practicing? I have been playing around with the settings and stuff trying to figure it all out. Can someone give me a ISO for dummies? What should I have it set at? Oh, and the camera I am using is the Cannon sx 30 is.

Ok, here are a few shots from yesturday, I should have picked a better spot, I think I am going to shoot again, but down by the fence gate for my background, and then the indoor ones, I just threw a couple of towels over their playyard because I was messing with the settings and didn't feel like setting up a big thing when I didn't know how it was going to go. Most of the ones indoors were soft or blurry. Or one baby would be fairly crips and the other soft or blurry. If I turned the flash on, the pictures were crisp, but I see and agree with what you were saying, the color looks off or IDK, it just doesn't look as good as without the flash.

These all have very little editing, just a smidge of contrast and shadows

Outside
Image
Image
Image

Inside
Image
Image
Image

Here are some good examples of what I am talking about with the blur and stuff

Image
Image
Image

This is one that flash was used, but it was soft too, I just like her smile here :wink:
Image

Gotta keep practicing, lol. If it gets nice out this afternoon I wanted to try some by the fence, but it looks like rain right now. Any input on what could be going on with my settings or why it doesn't focus well with no flash? Thanks ladies!! This amatuer appreciates your professional opinions! :)
Michelle 31 ~ Jim 38 ~ 2 angels 05/07 & 10/07
Believe| Breast is Best | Nutritional Cleansing
Our TAPS twins arrived at 31W2D~ Meghan 3lbs 1oz ~ Molly 2lbs 14oz
Image
Image
Image
User avatar
shrimpsey
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 2557
Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:00 am
Location: Canada

Postby victoria_1024 » Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:18 am

Looks like your shutter speed was too slow. Needs to be at least 1/100 to shoot babies, preferably 1/200. If one twin was in focus and one was not it could be too small of an aperture... you probably want that to be at least 3.5 (unless they are on the same focal plane).

I love this website for explaining settings...
http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/ ... -part-one/
victoria_1024
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 4609
Joined: Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:00 am

Postby photofashionista » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:56 pm

exactly what she said. :)
Christina-32 4 miscarriages elevated FSH
Katelyn Michelle born after 4 long years of TTC 9.27.10, 8 lbs 12 oz., 20.5 "
Everett Steven 6.20.12, 8 lbs 15 oz, 21"
Cole Thomas July 17, 2014 8lbs 12 oz 21"
Nov. 2015 :angel:
https://www.facebook.com/christinaskinnerphotography
Image
User avatar
photofashionista
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 3611
Joined: Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:00 am
Location: Orange County, CA

Postby shrimpsey » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:41 am

Thank you!! :D I will KUP on the next shoot!
Michelle 31 ~ Jim 38 ~ 2 angels 05/07 & 10/07
Believe| Breast is Best | Nutritional Cleansing
Our TAPS twins arrived at 31W2D~ Meghan 3lbs 1oz ~ Molly 2lbs 14oz
Image
Image
Image
User avatar
shrimpsey
Girlfriend
Girlfriend
 
Posts: 2557
Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2007 1:00 am
Location: Canada


Return to Photography / Shutter Bugs