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Old 12-14-2004, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The images below are from a shoot a while ago, when I knew even less about lighting than I do now [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img], I hated the shadows, the underexposure, all of it, but for the awesome beauty trapped inside a crappy shot, so I couldn't let go. I've tried a lot of different approaches in PS on this shot. My final result posted here, using the magic wand I extracted the background and lightened it in levels mode, softened the "cut" line with the smudge tool, adjusted the levels for the whole image, and dropped a soft diffuse glow on the image. I used the crop tool to change the model's posture on the pose and tighten up the image. Sure would be interested in your critques on my work, and feel free to have at it yourselves.

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Re: Post Production Opinions and ideas
Old 12-15-2004, 01:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The only thing that I didn't like was that the glow seemed a little overdone to my tastes. I decided to play with it just for fun...I pretty much did the same stuff as you...adjusted the levels and lighted the shadow. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 12-15-2004, 05:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Jason, do whatever you did, but scale it back about 20%. She's looking rather plastic and you really want to try and avoid that. And after everything you've done, she still has a red spot where her bra-strap was!

Hope that helps! Cheers!
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Old 12-15-2004, 07:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Very nice! You had a bit more success with the shadow than I did, while maintaining the detail in the image. Thanks!
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Old 12-15-2004, 11:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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whats really bugging me about the treatment is that models are looking more like
realy good computer antimation
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Old 12-15-2004, 03:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Jason, do whatever you did, but scale it back about 20%. She's looking rather plastic and you really want to try and avoid that. And after everything you've done, she still has a red spot where her bra-strap was!


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Yeah, I have a bad habit of over-doing it a bit. I know that I left the strap mark, I was just doing it quickly and didn't bother to do any cloning or cleaning of the edge where I took the shadow out, or a few other things.

FYI...I was in no way saying that my version was good...I was just playing around. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Sorry.
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Old 12-22-2004, 04:17 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey, no worries. Playing around is the only way to see what everything does. The trick is to get it to do what you want and be able to predict your resul ts!
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Old 12-22-2004, 02:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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a tad heavy with the diffusion glow, IMHO. it's a tricky tool, much like adding salt to a soup: too much ruins it, not enough and you think it's not there.
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Old 12-22-2004, 10:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, and I'm not really thrilled with the "plastic" look that too much glow leaves behind. Alas, the motivator for my everlasting quest to get in right in the camera! I think I can...I think I can...!
One day I will.
Happy Holidays!, and thanks for your feedback!
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