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A Shot From my First Urbex Experience
< on 6/28/2018 11:47 PM >
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This was taken during the first time I ever stepped foot into an abandoned building. Some friends and I stumbled onto an abandoned water treatment plant while hiking.

It was shot on a cellphone and edited using Lightroom. Despite its age, I still enjoy how this one came out and would greatly appreciate some unbiased opinions on it.




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< Reply # 1 on 9/8/2018 5:25 PM >
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I know this thread is a little old, but I'm sure you're still up for some opinions.

First off, good job on the white balance, I like images that aren't warm or cool, just a good neutral white.

However, I would consider raising the shadows significantly in LR. Bring some detail back into the dark corners. I realize that a cell phone picture may not be able to capture much, but I would still lift them as much as possible.




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The contrast curve looks off...




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I know this thread is a little old, but I'm sure you're still up for some opinions.

First off, good job on the white balance, I like images that aren't warm or cool, just a good neutral white.

However, I would consider raising the shadows significantly in LR. Bring some detail back into the dark corners. I realize that a cell phone picture may not be able to capture much, but I would still lift them as much as possible.


Thank you for your input. Unfortunately as you mentioned there was not much room to play with in this picture. The shadows were already lifted as much as they could be without looking out of place with the rest of the edit.




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The contrast curve looks off...


Thanks for the feedback. Could you give some more details about what exactly could be improved here?




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Thanks for the feedback. Could you give some more details about what exactly could be improved here?


Start by playing with the contrast curve. Learn by doing. Most apps allow near infinite adjustment points to be set along the curve line.
You can adjust the upper(brightness) and lower (darkness) limits as well.

Some apps like the old Canon DPP made this very easy to do. I normally start with the correct WB, killed the saturation so it's a b&w image and dial it in then add saturation (color). Play with the Rd, bl, grn tone curves if needed.
If the image WB/exposure was correct you can dial it in.
With RAW images you have much more leeway, up to +/-3 f/stops for exposure and WB. Best to shoot RAW in low light.




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Start by playing with the contrast curve. Learn by doing. Most apps allow near infinite adjustment points to be set along the curve line.
You can adjust the upper(brightness) and lower (darkness) limits as well.

Some apps like the old Canon DPP made this very easy to do. I normally start with the correct WB, killed the saturation so it's a b&w image and dial it in then add saturation (color). Play with the Rd, bl, grn tone curves if needed.
If the image WB/exposure was correct you can dial it in.
With RAW images you have much more leeway, up to +/-3 f/stops for exposure and WB. Best to shoot RAW in low light.


Thanks for the advice.

I do always shoot RAW with my camera, however this was not an option with my cellphone. It definitely allows for a lot more freedom in post.




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Thanks for the advice.

I do always shoot RAW with my camera, however this was not an option with my cellphone. It definitely allows for a lot more freedom in post.


I know that this thread is a bit old, but I just saw this and wanted to say that the editing is really good especially for a cellphone photo!

What cellphone were you using if you don't mind me asking?




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I know that this thread is a bit old, but I just saw this and wanted to say that the editing is really good especially for a cellphone photo!

What cellphone were you using if you don't mind me asking?


Thank you! It was a Galaxy S4. I was rather limited when this was my primary means of documenting explores. I would say that it doesn't take much equipment to try out photography. You can do a lot with very little, and then if you find you enjoy it, better equipment will give you more freedom and control over your shots.




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Thank you! It was a Galaxy S4. I was rather limited when this was my primary means of documenting explores. I would say that it doesn't take much equipment to try out photography. You can do a lot with very little, and then if you find you enjoy it, better equipment will give you more freedom and control over your shots.


Lol, I have a S4 Active running on kitkat.
It can grab half descent images if conditions are within its parameters optimum range.
No aperture control though
But hey dumbphones can be fun




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