Exposing the truth: How to take unreal pics with your DSLR!!! -or- You are EXPOSED!

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  1. Latinreefer

    Latinreefer Active Member

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    just curious, if they would use a go pro under water in the tank from where they are trying to sell from would this show true color or can this be manipulated as well not sure I don't own a go pro, just asking
     

  2. ReefMadScientist

    ReefMadScientist Valuable Member

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    No. You can tell your picture is a true picture due to the blur and out of focus shot.

    But I am curious on how you were able to put your frags on marshmallows.
     
  3. hybridazn

    hybridazn Acro killer..... Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Out of focus or not, a picture with a true black background of a coral isn't a sure sign of photoshop like someone seems so adamant about.

    As for the marshmallows, ancient Chinese secret.....
     
  4. Greenstreet.1

    Greenstreet.1 Valuable Member

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    That's reef putty.
     
  5. Greenstreet.1

    Greenstreet.1 Valuable Member

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    I think that we can solve this problem easy if you feel that the pic is photo shopped then ask for a better pic if one is not provided then don't buy from that vendor.
    When it come to the no price posting Imo I really don't have a problem with pm for price but I understand where you guys are coming from.
    I think you guys should ask the mods why we have to post price when we are selling an item but vendors don't have to.
    My .02$
     
  6. joshkirkland83

    joshkirkland83 Valuable Member

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    Thats what the vendor feedback sub-forum is for. Believe when i say if i get sold a photoshopped coral. I would start quite a few threads ON the vendor that sold it to me.
     
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  7. hybridazn

    hybridazn Acro killer..... Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    That's the way it should be. But instead ppl want to start flame threads about said coral before they even buy it or know someone who bought it. If you don't like what you see move on, nobody hired anyone to be the photo police online.
     
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  8. RAD01

    RAD01 Active Member

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    To me if I bought it and it that doesn't like the photo I would say something but must people don't say anything
     
  9. joshkirkland83

    joshkirkland83 Valuable Member

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    Thanks guys. I wanna buy some photoshopped coral now, so I CAN light someone up.
     
  10. KingTriton

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    I would love for someone to PM me some vendors that you feel or know photoshop their corals. When I say photoshop I mean completely masking/altering the true identity of the corals colors. Great thread Adam!
     
  11. Greenstreet.1

    Greenstreet.1 Valuable Member

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    Hmmmmmmm
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  12. Marquiseo

    Marquiseo Valuable Member R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award

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    That technique really doesn't affect the coral representation. It is the product of enhancing blacks in an image. Some may dabble with shadows as well. That is why you see an extra dark background in most cases.

    On the other hand, if the light isn't shining on the background, it will appear darker. This is much true with LED lights due to it being a point source light.
     
  13. Reefnjunkie

    Reefnjunkie Acropora Junkie R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award

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    Thanks for the thread Adam, I ran across it a few months back but just today thought Id give it a shot-This will save me lots of post processing!!!

    these are all after doing what you said and I didn't have to post edit at all and these are true to life-SO COOL-THANKS!!!

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  14. ritter6788

    ritter6788 Coral Fraud Private Eye Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Partner Member 2018

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    Bump....

    This thread isn't a "how to" it's a warning.

    The odd colored backgrounds are a dead giveaway. Blue doesn't mean it's altered but the turquoise, gray backgrounds are a dead giveaway for an altered photo.
     
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    @Reefnjunkie
    What is the name of the blue sps? Very nice!
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  16. shoelaceike

    shoelaceike Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    This is great. I assumed that most venders do not photoshop yet the pics always look better then the actual corals.....well heres why....thank you
     
  17. Tom Blevins

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    Looks to be a Nice ice fire acropora echinata
     
  18. ngvu1

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    Thanks, I was thinking about that but not sure. I have seen a colony at a local reefer. I also have a 1/2 inch frag but I was told it is a super slow growth, so after 1 month is is about 1/2 still :)

     
  19. Tom Blevins

    Tom Blevins Acroholic R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    once they encrust in high light and flow mine have always taken off.
     
  20. ngvu1

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    Here is my booger frag. It has lost some of the color as I have it low like middle of the tank. I recently had to lower the ATI fixture's output also, so this is expected.

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