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Hello everyone, now that i have a fairly good watch list and im starting to get more page views and favorites going, i figured i would put this out there asking for suggestions and comments about my work and how i can improve. what is it that people like to see and what do they look for? my primary subject is dogs, but i also like to shoot nature photography as well. I am all self taught and basicly learn by asking questions and talking to the people that know what there doing.

Also if anyone has any knowlage about photoshop CS3, i would be very appreciative if someone wouldnt mind talking to me and teaching me a few things to help enhance my photography and make it more unique and appealing. i basicly just play around on it right now trying to see how i get certain effects and such.

Anyway, that is all for now, thanks for taking the time to read this and i hope to get some good feedback :)
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Sudak Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Any good photographer will tell you, "get the photo right in the camera first." Don't go into a shoot with the "I'll fix this in Photoshop" mindset. I honestly use Photoshop very very sparingly for my photos. Sometimes I'll use it for print sharpening, cropping if need be. Most of my changes occur in Camera RAW before getting it into Photoshop. I add a hint of saturation, adjust any temperature or exposure settings I want and that's about it.
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shutterwolf87 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
yea, but thats if you want every photo to look plain and natural. i have a basic SLR camera that doesnt have all these fancy settings built in, so i cant create any special effects with my camera except for sepia. also being an older camera and i dont exactly have top of the line lenses, sometimes i do the best i can with the camera and it still doesnt capture all the right colors or whatever and it always needs a tweak with photoshop to be perfect. but im primarily asking for help creating different unique special effects or whatever there called with the pictures.
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Sudak Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
you can do those effects in Camera Raw, depending on which version of Photoshop you have you should have Camera Raw whenever you open RAW files.
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shutterwolf87 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
buy me a 8gb high speed card and i can shoot in RAW :P my 2gb cant handle many RAW so i never use it, and my 8gb is a super slow POS and it is horrible with RAW
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Elkenar Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think your photos are very nice! I'm not a proper photographer myself so I can't give much critique, but maybe you could try more different compositions, angles/perspectives and ideas in your dog photos :)
I'd also like to see more nature photos from you (like landscapes and waterscapes etc.) since you're very good at those too.
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shutterwolf87 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
ever heard of Yosemite National Park in Cali? goin there tomorow! will get LOTS of good landscape and waterscape shots there as they have more water then they have seen in many many years, so it should be a lot of fun :) and do you have any suggestions for different angles and perspectives on the dogs? i have tried most that i can think of. some are nearly impossable to get when the dog moves alot lol.
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Elkenar Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, I haven't heard of such a place but it sounds nice anyway!
Hmm, I don't have any good suggestions at the moment (I had a long day so I'm very tired). It also depends on the dog you're photographing and the place... But I'll tell you if I come up with something new :)
Yeah, it sure is hard to get some specific photos of very active dogs :D I've noticed that with my own dog.
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shutterwolf87 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
i want a golden retriever. probly one of the easiest dogs to get pictures of because of the fur color. well that and any other dog with a similar color :P
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Elkenar Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok. I've never thought that the dog's fur colour has a big effect on the photos' quality :XD: But on the other hand, I'm not so serious with my photography, I do it just for fun.
What do you think, is Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever easy to get photos of? I mean the fur colour? (my own dog is that breed)
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shutterwolf87 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
oh yea definitely.its a nice medium to light color. with my black dog i have the problem of either her being too dark or the background being too bright unless i get the right lighting. i really need to get an external flash but cant afford one right now. holding out for the 430ex hehe
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