- September 19, 2013 at 4:15 am #107172
- September 19, 2013 at 4:36 am #107175
Good picture. I find it just a little “flat”, specially the face.
- September 19, 2013 at 5:29 am #107179
- September 19, 2013 at 7:02 am #107188JonathanParticipant
Is this posed? What’s the story behind it? Is it a restoration?
On it’s own it’s kind of ho hum, but if there’s more too it that may make a difference.
- September 19, 2013 at 7:48 am #107194
is there anything i could do editing wise to make it not as flat. thanks
- September 19, 2013 at 7:54 am #107195
i was at 1940’s re enactment and was taking his picture, when he saw me he came over and asked if i wanted one of him smiling and this is what i got. i have edited it, was more in the backgroung but sky was blown out, so just thought i would mess around with it to see what i could get out of it cos i liked the character.
- September 19, 2013 at 7:57 am #107196
was just taken at a 1940’s re enactment and would welcome any advise on how to make it better will let you know setting later
- September 19, 2013 at 8:41 am #107200
what I would use and old photo of NY blurred as background.
- September 20, 2013 at 1:22 am #107248
thanks will try something like that, just got to try and figure out how to do it new to all this
- September 20, 2013 at 2:21 am #107249
As your background is white, it would not be difficult to cut it out with the pen tool in PS for example or adding a mask. Then you add a layer behind with the background. There is plenty of free old images on the web if you don’t have one.
- September 20, 2013 at 4:35 am #107254e.w.Participant
I love this photo. He looks like a 1940s Cop.
I think, to look authentically correct, he looks fine. Just need the old blurry city 1940s or earlier background.
At re-enactments, be it Renaissance, Civil War, etc, the characters play up their parts and want their photos taken… that’s why they are there. If YOU go in costume, you may win a prize.
- September 20, 2013 at 4:49 am #107256
thank you for that I will have a look and see what I can find and have a go.
- September 20, 2013 at 4:51 am #107258
thanks for your comments I am going to attempt putting a background on, once I have done it will put photo back on.
- September 21, 2013 at 11:50 am #107387
sorry took so long to get back to you. was took with pentax KR on manual and in raw,shutter speed 1/100, f/6.30, iso 100 and focal length 18mm.
- September 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm #107388
- September 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm #107390
don’t know if this is any better. couldn’t find any thing else to use as background and if i enter it for our club competion it as to be my own work. just used a background from elements.
- September 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm #107395
Not a good idea. Why don’t you just take a picture of a wall yourself. Must be interesting walls near you.
- September 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm #107402
not something i have looked at or even thought about, but will be doing now thanks
- November 12, 2013 at 10:57 am #112924
- November 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm #112944
Background seems better but the pic is VERY small !!!
Did you really cut the top of his cask ?
- November 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm #112959
no don’t know what happened to it will try and put it on again
- November 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm #112960
its seems okay in my albums but not when I put it on here
- November 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm #112963
- November 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm #112967
I find that your man looks too cropped now. I think you must add contrast and reduce exposure on the wall so that it falls in the same game of BW as your subject ; it’s too grey. The depth will come from the blur.
And you can play with the edge of the man (refine edge in PS) so it blend better with the background.
IMO at last.
- November 13, 2013 at 9:28 am #113023
thanks for that will have another a look at it probably be another few weeks before I get round to it lol
- November 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm #113029
- November 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm #113031
in urgent need of a black and white pic for tomorrow will appreciate any help with this pic thank you very much
- November 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm #113044
That’s better but the background is still to grey (IMO°
- November 13, 2013 at 7:07 pm #113064Lenny WollitzParticipant
How about some camera shake so it really looks like it’s from the 40’s ‘-)
- November 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm #113067
Love this character and his costume! I agree with that what is missing is something in the background. Not necessarily interesting, but something that gives the feeling that he is not posing in front of a white background, and something preferably urban. I like the brick background of all these the best, but the lighting doesn’t match the lighting on the cop. Great pic!
- November 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm #113171
how would I do that?
- November 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm #113172
thankyou, have you any ideas on how to match the lighting
- November 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm #113174
increase the contrast and reduce the exposure
- November 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm #113175
- November 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm #113193
Hi @carolinen . It looks like light is coming from behind the cop. You can see light on the back of his shoulders, and the edge of his hat, and his whole front is in shadow. So maybe find an urban image that is very bright or overexposed for the background. All you need is a little texture behind him, but whatever it is it needs to feel like it is in the direction of the source of light, otherwise the lighting gives away the effect. After that it is just a matter of adjusting that background until it feels perfect to you.
- November 15, 2013 at 5:39 am #113233
thanks for that, will look into it further
- November 15, 2013 at 5:41 am #113234
thanks will try that
- November 15, 2013 at 5:42 am #113235
thank you will have another look at him
- November 16, 2013 at 8:54 am #113312
- November 16, 2013 at 8:59 am #113314
Any better? I really appreciate everyone’s help with this and I am doing my best to follow what advise I have been given. but still only learning with elements and some things I find hard to follow. You must all be sick of seeing him by now lol. I will get him right eventually.
- November 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm #113328
Yes, I think lighting wise that is better, but I still think that the background is not urban enough. Better, though.
- November 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm #113682
thanks, will have another look
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