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Old 12-13-2006, 05:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought I'd experiment with a novel idea. That is to produce a short workshop in the context of a thread in the Digital Darkroom forum. I'll post a photo at this point of Holley Dorrough. This photo was shot in RAW (Canon 20D) and I used the Photoshop ACR (CS2) to process but made no changes to any of the settings (and did not use the Auto Settings). No sharpening, no contrast adjustments, no cropping, etc.

Take a look at the photo and decide what things could be done to improve it. Make your suggestions. I'll then make changes to the photo one step at a time and publish the results with comments as we go. That way the image will change a number of times before it reaches the end result. If I feel that a change is not merited at some point, then I'll comment on that also and perhaps even show examples of the change and my thoughts on why it doesn't work.

Naturally this idea will only work if I get some good comments, so comment away. Now, here is the image:



By the way, be sure to drop by the "sticky" thread in the main forum on voting for Holley for Playmate of the Year and cast your vote for her.

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I don't mind the deep shadows in the bookcase, but the shadow that totally obscures her right elbow produces a "disembodied" hand. Is there any detail there? There doesn't need to be a lot.

There is also the issue of the shadows under her eyes.
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I don't mind the deep shadows in the bookcase, but the shadow that totally obscures her right elbow produces a "disembodied" hand. Is there any detail there? There doesn't need to be a lot.

There is also the issue of the shadows under her eyes.
Good question and point. One of the keys to working with RAW, is to examine the image at various different exposures to see the range of tones you have to work with. So here is a shot at 1 stop over:



So as you can see, there is lots of detail there, but the question then becomes what do we want to do with it? One of the miracles of Photoshop and RAW, is that I'll be able to bring the image in as a Smart Object and then anything I do to the image will let me go back and do it to the RAW image. So I can selectively process the image (each time having the full RAW data available). Or I can just combine several copies of differently processed RAW images and then paint in the good parts of one onto the good parts of another. More about this as we proceed.

But for right now, here is an example, of how it might look when I bring in the detail of the area that is totally in shadow before. Keep in mind this detail was there all along, but has to be brought out by post processing in this case.



In the next installment, I'll show how easy it was to do the above. So now, compare the above to the original image and see if you like the arm better.

Note: No other changes made. No sharpening as of yet at all. No cropping.

I'll leave the shadows under the eye for later also when other comments about the eyes are registered.

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