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improving photos within aperture (not that it really matters wtf)



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Siren

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So I went ahead and tried to 'spice up' a photo of my girlfriend and our nephew at the zoo, here's the shot:

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I was trying to emphasize the light on both of them, and the right side is the water (we were in a viewing thing for sea lions and a polar bear) so if you want you can ignore that the water's all green-like because I'll probs crop it out.

here's two more; the first I wanted to make it seem like THEY were in the water (or i was, whatever) and the second I just cleaned up a bit because I didn't focus properly with my iPhone.

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sorry they're so humongo, cropping in aperture has been a pain in the ass.
 

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and here I thought I was finally going to see a picture of you >:

so you took these on your phone (iphone I assume)?
 

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yup, iPhone 4. default Camera app.

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me and the nephew. ignore the nose and focus on the pikachu shirt.
 

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there we go :D

I'm not sure about this aperture app but I usually go with photoshop express to do all my stuff.
 

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Yeah, I'm still playing around with it (just downloaded the trial last night). So far I like it because it's pretty simple and it's really easy to undo everything; the interface is kinda 'ehh' (especially compared to iPhoto, which is sad since I'm on '09 and the motherbonker's free) but I usually do everything in full-screen anyway (and I'm learning how to move the interface to my liking a bit).

comments on composition? anything good/humiliatingly bad?

sidenote: last one was taken with the girlfriend's point-and-shoot and edited in iPhoto.

girlfriend: "i still don't like that photo. i look like davey jones"

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Compo is nice in both. Second I would say add a little more contrast and saturation to bring out that deep blue feel.
 

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i like the underwater effect on the second bear-y nice :)
 

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thanks amigo. i updated it a bit with jaxx's suggestions:

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Managed to make it more blue; drives me nuts that I can't make her face more visible, though.
 

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Haha yeah that's the only thing bothering me now too
 
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