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Forgive this completely noob question... but if you look at some photos on this site:.

Http://pbase.com/allonkira.

I was told that photos like these are usually processed after the fact. So, my question is: how do you get the colors to be so brilliant? I'm getting acquainted with programs like GIMP, etc... so is there something I should be looking for that would help me out with this?.

Thanks..

Joel..

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I do it as follows:1) Shoot in RAW2) Process RAW files in DPP for basic optimization3) Polish them off in Photoshop CS 3 with several plugins for perfect lookSee samples:http://lordofthelens.smugmug.com/..

Comment #1

Post processing is part of it... but that person knows how to work with conditions and his equipment to get a proper exposure (and nice compositions) to begin with. There is no one key to a great photo - great photos are about a whole multitude of things coming together at once..

Jacksmash wrote:.

Forgive this completely noob question... but if you look at somephotos on this site:.

Http://pbase.com/allonkira.

I was told that photos like these are usually processed after thefact. So, my question is: how do you get the colors to be sobrilliant? I'm getting acquainted with programs like GIMP, etc... sois there something I should be looking for that would help me outwith this?.

Thanks..

Joel.

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Comment #2

This Allon Kira guy is clearly pretty good. What gives many of the pictures some of their impact is the way that he uses a strong colour (a shirt, a balloon, whatever) deliberately as part of the composition, so the colours stand out more than they might otherwise. Clearly many of them are taken in good light. I suspect also that in some cases the colours may have been boosted (a little) in PP using the 'saturation' control - but do this cautiously as it's easy to overdo..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #3

MICHAEL_61 wrote:.

I do it as follows:1) Shoot in RAW2) Process RAW files in DPP for basic optimization3) Polish them off in Photoshop CS 3 with several plugins for perfectlookSee samples:http://lordofthelens.smugmug.com/.

Sorry - what is DPP?.

And as for the other comment - I have used Linux, but I'm running GIMP on my Windows box...

Comment #4

I'm certainly no expert, being in the beginner's forum for my sanity here, but I personally don't like colors that are that bright. That's just my taste, of course. Not everyone's..

You certainly can do that easily in photoshop or Graphics Converter or any good image processing program. Just bump up the contrast with the saturation. You can probably also set your camera to bump up the color. I know my G9 will do that but I don't...

Comment #5

Adobe Lightroom..

It has some real nice tools that let you jazz up the color without overdoing it, like Vibrancy and Clarity.It really does make it easier, even for a noob.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #6

Jacksmash wrote:.

MICHAEL_61 wrote:.

I do it as follows:1) Shoot in RAW2) Process RAW files in DPP for basic optimization3) Polish them off in Photoshop CS 3 with several plugins for perfectlookSee samples:http://lordofthelens.smugmug.com/.

Sorry - what is DPP?.

And as for the other comment - I have used Linux, but I'm runningGIMP on my Windows box..

In that case dump gimp get photoshop CS3  ..

Comment #7

Not sure I'd recomend shooting all the way to the most expensive thing you can buy from an open source starting point. CS3 is great *if* you A) actually need all of it's features and B) have the time to learn to use them properly..

Most folks do just fine with Photoshop Elements. Not it isn't CS3, but then again it's 1/10th the price. I got by with Photoshop LE (limited edition) 5 for years - came free with my flatbed scanner .

Regardless of tool choice, the bottom line is that color can be "pumped up" in almost any digital image processing package. It would be better though to have good color in the original shot, and leave the processing to a minimum...

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