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Hi I'm new to photography. Picked up my first camera (Olympus EM5) in Feb of this year. Have been teaching myself shooting and photo editing. I would greatly appreciate if you can give me some feedback about this photo and help me to tone down my son's shirt and the white pole pole--I found them too bright and weaken my subject. Thanks in advance!

Lily



Would also greatly appreciate your feedback on the following two photos:

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All three are excellent photos. The first one is priceless. For taming highlights, it's best to shoot raw. Lightroom has an excellent highlight slider for globally taming highlights in an image. For selective edits, I strongly recommend the Lightroom plugin Viveza (Nik), which makes something like dimming or changing color within one part of an image very easy,
 

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The first is fantastic, a real gem...with the other 2 I'd just add that you should perhaps go a little easier on the intensity of the warmth gradient effect, in particular with the second image...it looks a little overdone to me....either bring down the intensity/opacity of the effect or bring up the warmth in the rest of the image to balance the scene out somewhat. Also, I think in both images 2 and 3 the foreground could do with a touch more brightening/exposure to really make the subject 'pop' that little bit more.
 

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Joe: Great point. Thank you. I do see the little out of balance in terms of intensity in the second image. Will try to bring up the brightness of the foregrounds of the last two and see what happens.

Another quick question, is photoshop a must for photo editing? I only bought lightroom and Nik so far.
 

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Joe: Great point. I do see the little out of balance in terms of intensity in the second image. Will try to bring up the brightness of the foregrounds of the last two and see what happens.

Another quick question, is photoshop a must for photo editing? I only bought Lightroom and Nik so far.

I do 99% of my image editing in LR and NIK and only use PS for very specific tasks....on the VERY RARE occasion that I need layers or to clone out a distracting object. Others who have an excellent grasp of PS swear by it.....I just happened to have become very familiar with LR and NIK so use them almost exclusively. I think it would be fair to say that LR is perhaps the 'go to' tool for a majority of photographers.
 

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Joe: What are some of your fav tools in Lightroom and Nik? I have been using both 100% since I don't have PS. I really like to play with Nik to get different effects. Often amazed by what Nik is capable of doing!
 

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I'm the same as Joe - mostly LR, a little PS. In Lightroom, I love the Nik plugins and also Alien Skin Exposure. The Portra 160 NC simulation in Exposure is one I go to very often for my color photos. The one thing I use PS for somewhat often is layer masks. I might do two versions in Silver Efex or Exposure and then selectively combine them in PS using layer masks.

The Nik stuff is built from the ground up to allow selective edits without resorting to layers, but I'm just used to doing layers. For example, I'll sharpen a whole photo using Nik Sharpener and then selectively hide/show that layer to apply sharpening where I want it. Could do the same thing just using the area selecting tools built into Nik Sharpener. I probably only use 1% of PS capabilities, but I wouldn't want to go completely without it.
 

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