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Hi, Several weeks ago I asked a question about uploading editorial Disney images of my life size Disney store display figures and big figs. Wisconsinart suggested I made a collage of my collection to submit as one. At the time this was a good idea but at the moment I do not have the lighting gear to take good pictures inside. I decided to take a couple of pictures outside of individual figures. I am waiting for some good weather to do some more but before I would like some feedback on these images and any other advise would be Great! Thanks    Image not available or id is incorrect.      Peter Pan Disney statue    
Edited: 03/29/2013, 18:46:38 PM
I like them. I would think Disney would always be in demand. I'm wondering about the shadows on Peter's face as a lighting issue. Maybe Mickey more straight on, so his nose isn't hiding so much of his face.

Having said all that, they could be great as is. LOL
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Posted: 03/29/2013, 19:16:59 PM
Hi Lanis, Thanks for the feedback. I was also wondering about the shadows of Peters face. It was just the best angle I thought at the time. I should have tried to reflect some light. I was pleased with the colours I got with these images though. Happy Easter!
Edited: 03/29/2013, 19:29:46 PM
And to you too :-)
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Posted: 03/29/2013, 20:49:09 PM
Happy Easter!
Well try this:
-duplicate the layer in Photoshop or similar software.
-set the blend mode of upper layer to "screen" instead of normal.
-Use the mask layer tool to selectively brighten the shadows. OR if you don't know how to use mask, just take the eraser. Erase away the top layer except the shadow part. That leaves it bright.

This should help. Shadows are good sometimes. This one looks normal. Try an evening long 15s exposure shot. :)
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Posted: 03/29/2013, 23:49:31 PM
Hi Pratik,
A happy Easter to you too!
I will try that. I am gradually learning how to use Photoshop for post processing but I havent tried layers as of yet. I will have a play around this weekend.
I will also try an evening shot as well.
It would be nice to sell some of these Disney pics as my collection has cost me a small fortune! LOL
Thanks for your import... by the way your portfolio is great. you have so much talent.
The sun is finally showing its face today so hopefully I will have the chance to take some pictures of other characters I have.
Edited: 03/30/2013, 03:28:01 AM
I don't mind the shadows.
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Posted: 03/30/2013, 05:48:31 AM
Coming from someone so experienced thats good to know Eti, Thank you very much..
Posted: 03/30/2013, 06:17:44 AM
On the Mickey one the trees at the bottom are very distracting and makes the image less useful. Either try to get an angle where they don't show or clone them out. Like the others said the shadow on the face isn't good but the colours are great.
Just noticed that they passed review. congrats :D
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Edited: 03/30/2013, 06:56:48 AM
Thank you so much, but we're both beginners anyway. Get used to layers and masks in Photoshop. They are simple and very efficient.

Another thing that I'd like to point out here is that the characters look big mainly because you shot them from a lower angle. I was wondering if you could do the long exposure at evening when the sun has already just set and is facing the characters. Even try bulb exposure for star trails with the characters. It might create some unique pictures while letting you learn new techniques. It's too much fun and you'd get a series of unique images too!

Make the Mickey look like a magician, with the star trails rotating all around him at night. Can you imagine the shot? I found a photo (look below). It would look great behind the Mickey and I'm sure it would attract buyers. Get it done! :D
   Benbrook Lake Nightfall   
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Edited: 03/30/2013, 07:17:32 AM
Hi Godfer, I totally agree with the trees at the time I could not avoid taking the picture with the trees. We live in a hilly area so its so difficult to get a shot of the sky without involving the mountains and trees. today I have made a platform so I can raise the figure higher to avoid them. I have taken new shots and when I submit them I will add a note to the editor to say I will remove the old one if they are accepted. Thanks again for the thoughts. It all really helps.
Hi Pratik, Sound like some great ideas. The trouble is I have the props but need to learn the how to shoot them the ways you suggested. I seem to have a mixed review on the shadows. More positive than negative thankfully.. Thanks everyone for the advise and positive thoughts. keep them coming. Watch this space for more characters coming your way!!!b LOL
Posted: 03/30/2013, 07:47:39 AM
I forgot to mention to you Pratic, I actually have taken two pictures of fantasia Mickeys. so the magic is on its way! Hopefully!!! lol
Posted: 03/30/2013, 07:58:19 AM
I would like peoples opinion on a figure I have been post processing. The image is the same as the Peter Pan one but instead is Pinocchio. I have been playing around with isolating the background (sky & clouds) white, but leaving the wall there. Would this image be more popular with the isolated white background or should I leave it as it is? Many thanks
Posted: 03/30/2013, 11:38:19 AM
Shadows add depth. If you removed all shadows it would be the same as a flat drawing. No longer a photo. I'd not worry about the shadows in the above photos. They are okay. Reviewers here really watch the lighting. You could have used high power flash to fill shadows. Works sometimes. Worst case, use HDR.

And really try the bulb exposure. You'd sell that one good I feel. :)
I'd probably make the star trails in Photoshop. Easier.
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Posted: 03/30/2013, 12:27:11 PM
Thanks again Pratik for the advise. I like the shadows especially from Peter pans feet.. What do you think about isolating the sky to white in certain pictures? or would you keep the sky normal?
Posted: 03/30/2013, 14:34:24 PM
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(I had a question that I answered by rereading more carefully. Sorry to waste space here....)
Edited: 03/30/2013, 16:14:57 PM
THere is always the question of copyright. Disney is VERY protective of their images, even for editorial.
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Posted: 04/02/2013, 08:08:20 AM
This is a part of a Thread from 2011. Can any admin shed some light on this subject about copyright for editorial as the link for the terms of use as below does not exist anymore. (or I cant find it)

Have you read the definition of an editorial image here on this site?

DT - Editorial Images: Terms of Use

Stock photos are photographs of common places (trademarked places require a property release), everyday objects, landmarks, nature, events or people (who have signed a model release) that are bought and sold on a royalty-free basis and can be used and reused for commercial design purposes. This includes using them to advertise a product or service.

An editorial stock photo is still rights-managed but doesn't require a release for the people or trademarked objects in the photos. Since there are no releases the images cannot be used for advertising, promotion or to depict controversial subjects, only for news or educational purposes.

Apple wouldn't give you permission to photograph an ipod and sell it because they own the rights and don't want images of their products used to advertise other products. Same for Coca Cola, Disney characters, Lamborghini sports cars and so one. But, you can photograph these trademarked items and sell them as editorial stock photos. If you buy an editorial photo of any of these trademarked objects you can use them to illustrate a news article about for instance, mp3 devices or different name brand sodas or differences in sports cars. These photos have to be used in a news or educational article. You cannot use them to sell anything or promote a business, etc.

If there wasn't an editorial category of images a buyer wouldn't be able to get any trademarked or copyrighted product's image, except from the copyright owner
Edited: 04/02/2013, 12:09:03 PM
Posted: 04/02/2013, 12:16:48 PM
Hi Red, I found The Link You just added but not the same details of terms of use as I copied it from the 2011 thread. ( https://www.dreamstime.com/thread_25447 ) It was actually you who added the old link at that date. Now that link does not exist to the terms of use that are written above. Does the details of the old terms of use still apply. if so there is no problem with these images as editorial.
Edited: 04/02/2013, 13:23:01 PM
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