Guns and cars pics, need some PS love!

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    Guns and cars pics, need some PS love!

    Just got into photography with a new Sony a33 (love it so far). Don't know ANYTHING in photoshop. Anyone care to spruce up and add some flare to these pics for me? Would greatly appreciate it!


    Thanks!

    BTW, these pics were taken in a hurry, I know I can do much better























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    I see you get around too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bynx View Post
    I see you get around too.
    Let's see some nice shots of your guns!

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    Looks like someone's all setup to go duck hunting?

    Twas playing around with differing approaches in photoshop.... :^)






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    guns and cars will always have a nitch in photography. i'm not sure that you can put them together like this in a single photo. there is to much going on in each photo. with both the weapon and the vehicle in the same focal plane, it's hard to distinguish which subject matter you wish to focus on. without a focal point, there isn't much you can do in PS accept adjust saturation, filters ... etc. stephen has tried to make a focal point by changing the colors and giving the weapon contrast from the engine. try to seperate the two if you wish to have them in a single photo. but, have one on a different focal plane. or, have a model hold the weapon (but then you have 3 subjects in the frame). if it was me, i would do 2 seperate series. a series of the car and a series of the weapons. have each in their respective environments.

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    let's have fun




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    Good call Brad!

    And fun it is Sandy! Enjoyed your edit!

    I went with something of a desert camouflage for separation of elements in this one... and a few bullet holes, in order to help tie the car to the gun.... :^)







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    Hey Stephen, My favorite is that last one, but I'm intrigued by the others too. How did you turn black into red and blue with those tones?
    You can call me Tracy… but ya doesn’t hafta call me Doubletakes

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    great job StephenK, I like ur prcessing very much

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    Thank you Sandy!
    And I'll be happy to explain how I did that Tracy!

    I first worked-over the image to come up with this version of an edit.



    Hue and Saturation on the background, in colorize mode, in order to get the blue hues, then set that layer to the
    Multiply blending mode...

    ....and then a blank layer set to the Color blending mode, in order to paint the orange on the gun.

    And then I played a bit with differing settings and came up with this combination.. (playing is essential! an
    absolute must in order to position oneself into stumbling across fresh and unpredictable outcomes)



    I moved the original image just below the freshly edited version and began playing around with blending modes, while watching
    for subtle effects. When I hit the ~Subtract~ blending mode the effect clearly wasn't subtle at all! It had the effect of flipping the dominate colors
    while shoving-in loudly their opposite! The result was still very dark so I added two Brightness and Contrast layers and cranked them up, in order
    to highlight the changes.

    I really liked the 3D effect that it had in seemingly lifting the gun off the background. It may be my screen but the effect on this
    end is notably dramatic!

    Hope this helps..!
    Last edited by StephenK; 08-28-2011 at 11:32 AM.


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