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    Hockey Shot

    Hockey Shot
    Looking for comments/critiques on the below photo, image looks dull and I am wondering what steps in lightroom can be done to give it more colour/punch. I found depending where the players were on the ice (below a light, or not) changed the overall outcome of my photo. Raw file before I did anything to photo can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9qjo2azygv..._6114.NEF?dl=0
    Hockey Shot-sip_6114.jpg


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                            Re: Hockey Shot

                            Quote Originally Posted by Beanbagfrags View Post
                            Looking for comments/critiques on the below photo, image looks dull and I am wondering what steps in lightroom can be done to give it more colour/punch.
                            Well these small JPG's are hard to work with and someone else could probably do better, but...

                            Here's you Original:
                            Hockey Shot-sip_6114.jpg


                            .....
                            And here it is with some adjustments made:
                            Hockey Shot-sip_6114-1.jpg



                            Unfortunately I'm not a Lightroom user so while I can tell you what I did, using Camera Raw/Photoshop, I can't tell you how to replicate those steps using Lightroom. What I thought the shot needed right off the bat was a white balance adjustment, a minor increase in overall exposure, and a contrast adjustment. Then I corrected the color and sharpened it a bit. There's a bit of green cast on the players face I got a big chunk of, but I wasn't able to remove it completely. Last I removed the vignette and re-vignetted it. Vignettes, IMO, need to be very subtle like you see here. Just my take of course.

                            In the final analysis I'm not thrilled with the color; it's still "off". Still, I think it's looking better overall.

                            Hope that helps!
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                            Re: Hockey Shot

                            Hockey Shot
                            Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
                            Well these small JPG's are hard to work with and someone else could probably do better, but...

                            Here's you Original:
                            Hockey Shot-sip_6114.jpg


                            .....
                            And here it is with some adjustments made:
                            Hockey Shot-sip_6114-1.jpg



                            Unfortunately I'm not a Lightroom user so while I can tell you what I did, using Camera Raw/Photoshop, I can't tell you how to replicate those steps using Lightroom. What I thought the shot needed right off the bat was a white balance adjustment, a minor increase in overall exposure, and a contrast adjustment. Then I corrected the color and sharpened it a bit. There's a bit of green cast on the players face I got a big chunk of, but I wasn't able to remove it completely. Last I removed the vignette and re-vignetted it. Vignettes, IMO, need to be very subtle like you see here. Just my take of course.

                            In the final analysis I'm not thrilled with the color; it's still "off". Still, I think it's looking better overall.

                            Hope that helps!
                            ...
                            Definitely helped. I tried using expodisc to preset WB, but in reality couldn't get onto ice to set, so it was done from the stands. I am hoping I will be able to sign some sort of waiver that will allow me to get onto corner of bench so that I am not having to shoot through the netting or glass.

                            Thank you again for taking a look at it.


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                            Re: Hockey Shot

                            I don't know if this will help you or not, but Jared Polin (Fro Knows Photo) has a tutorial on how to shoot hockey.

                            Photography Tutorial – How to take Ice Hockey Photos | Fro Knows Photo

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                            Re: Hockey Shot

                            Hockey Shot
                            Just a quick edit.

                            Hockey Shot-screen-shot-2017-01-04-1.42.33-am.jpg

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                            Re: Hockey Shot

                            Quote Originally Posted by Beanbagfrags View Post
                            Definitely helped. I tried using expodisc to preset WB, but in reality couldn't get onto ice to set, so it was done from the stands.
                            Can't do it now, but send me a private message and I will explain how to use the Expodisc in this situation.
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                            Re: Hockey Shot

                            The edited image is very much better than your original, the way I learned how to give images a bit of sparkle was trial and error in Photoshop. Good luck....
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                            Re: Hockey Shot

                            Hockey Shot
                            SIP by Skypro99, on Flickr


                            I'm late to the party because my old work PC would not let me upload a photo in the normal manner, so I had to go through Flickr...

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                            Re: Hockey Shot

                            I find most of the edits done look over exposed except for Scotts. I have also come to realize that my lower end monitor that I plug into my laptop is most likely not properly calibrated although photos always do look better on it. I am glad to see so many people chiming in on this photo and appreciate all the comments/critiques and will try to get my photo to each look to see exactly what was done to achieve it. Thanks again everyone


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                            Re: Hockey Shot

                            It appears this was shot in RAW by the .NEF in your dropbox link. The image does look a bit dark.
                            Can you share the camera, lens an EXIF details?

                            Personally, I'd brighten it up using the Exposure slider in LR.
                            I'd add a bit of Vibrance and play with the white balance as well.

                            Composition: I'd have left a little room in front of the player and try to not cut off key elements like the puck. Looks like a great start however, how long have you been shooting hockey?
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