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Learning curves

  1. Jun 15, 2007 #1

    honestrosewater

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    I'm playing in Photoshop with some pictures that I just took. I'm pretty comfortable manipulating histograms with the levels tool, but I couldn't figure out how to fix this one (I was experimenting with spot metering in the photo). So I finally just edited my first photo using curves! W00t! What do you think? Improvement or no? I can't tell now. My judgement gets warped after messing with a picture for too long.

    Does anyone else play with curves? I read a little about it when learning levels, but I don't remember how it works. I'm mostly experimenting for fun now. (I'm making a slideshow for a friend. I'm so excited!! :biggrin:)

    Edit: Hm, side-by-side comparison is better, methinks.

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    Okay, I did a couple more and think I'm starting to get the hang of it.
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    Curves is awesome. :smile:
     

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  4. Jun 15, 2007 #3

    honestrosewater

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    What is giving you problems? I like this guy's tutorials. (His photos are gorgeous too.) Can you read the histogram and understand the black, white, and middle-gray points?
     
  5. Jun 15, 2007 #4

    russ_watters

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    To be honest, I like the first one best. It looks the most natural. Cute, btw...

    I need to do a lot with levels and curves with my astrophotos. They come out very dim.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2007 #5
    Thanks for the link -bookmarked- lots of useful stuff in there! I'm not finding anything difficult per se, I've just begun to work with digital images and image manipulation programs, but I have a rough idea of what the histogram represents.
     
  7. Jun 15, 2007 #6
    thats a scary picture, it's like she's staring into my soul.
     
  8. Jun 15, 2007 #7

    honestrosewater

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    Did you learn by reading or doing? I was hoping that I could pick it up fast enough with some careful playing, but I think I'll have to stop and read after all.

    Haha, when did you get a soul?
     
  9. Jun 15, 2007 #8

    Astronuc

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    I agree with Russ - I like the first one which seems most natural and softer.
     
  10. Jun 16, 2007 #9

    honestrosewater

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    Sorry, russ, I forgot to say thanks for the input. Thanks. :smile: I took you guys' advice and just tried to correct the greenish tint thing. This is the one I ended up with. Haha, this is a lot of my face for one thread.

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    Haha, there's a difference between them, really. At least I started using curves, so it wasn't a total loss.
     
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