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Old 02-27-2006, 12:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Continuing a thought from another thread, I thought I would bring up a topic about post=processing and workshops.



I've got this shot of the lovely and talented Jessica from the Surf and Turf workshop (sort of). Now how do I get rid of the shadows on her face?

Maybe someone should develop a workshop that combines two days of shooting with a day of retouching/post-processing. The student then leaves with at least one finished image and so does the model. The instructor could burn the finished images on to a CD for the model and student.

But this brings up two points. The first being who is willing to share their retouching techniques. Some people would sell their children before they teach anybody to retouch.

The second might be the unwillingness of some students to do anything at a seminar other than shoot. Most who attend workshops are serious about improvement. But there are some who just wanna shoot "purty gurls."

For providing this concept, I think that anybody who does such a workshop should let me attend for free ....

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Old 02-27-2006, 01:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The answer is Robert Sanders.. When he mentored in Vegas at JT's Supershoot he gave a seminar on photoshop. It is my understanding that he does exactly what you suggested in his workshops. Check them out. He is a photoshop guru...
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I know Robert
Old 02-27-2006, 02:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know Robert and Have hearde him speak twice about Photoshop. You're right, he is the guru. But he is so far over my head ....

I'm really dumb when it comes to PS ... and women .... and thermodynamics
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I can fumble through photoshop and can even talk a bit about thermodynamics but when it comes to women I can help ya...LOL
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Old 02-27-2006, 04:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Here's my try...what I did was pretty simple. I sampled a colour from close to the shadow that still had the original skintone and with a soft brush at a low opacity (20% - 30%) I carfeully brushed over the shadow, continually sampling skintones and brushing in to the shadow area next to it. I then did a basic levels adjustment by setting the black and white points with the dropper, boosted the saturation and did a small amount of sharpening. Make sure you do the brushing bit on a new layer so that you have more latitude incase of mistakes that you may only pick up after a while. You can add a small amount of noise with monochrome unticked for larger sizes, just make sure it looks similar to the texture. If destined for print, especially at larger sizes you might want to consider cloning instead of sampling a colour and brushing it on as you can better keep the texture intact. This was just a quick edit but if you spend a little time, especially with the larger version you have you can get much better results.

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Old 02-27-2006, 06:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Bruce,
With my current PS technique would be to say Awe sh!t, and reshoot. Yea, I know it's a little late, but that's about the best I can offer for PSing this image. I am interested in what the gurus say, as I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
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PS shouldn\'t be used like heroin
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Now how do I get rid of the shadows on her face?

[/ QUOTE ]Shoot the picture without any shadows on her face. If that doesn't work, ask Robert Saunders.

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It\'s so simple
Old 02-28-2006, 12:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I just bring the model back from Nashville and the makeup artist from Houston.

Anybody wanna gimme $500?
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Robert Sander\'s Photointensive workshop was......
Old 02-28-2006, 02:20 AM   #9 (permalink)
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......almost exactly what you wished for! Check it out next time one rolls around......he'll fill your head up so full that it will take a week or two to digest, but it sure is worth the effort!!

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