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Old 06-11-2005, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a recent technique I've been working in in post processing that I call soft/sharp. What do you think?



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Old 06-11-2005, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Appears soft without getting muddy like can happen so easily sometimes. Care to reveal your technique? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Great look, great technique! Let me tell you though, you could set the timer to go off on your camera and twirl it in the air just before the shutter snaps and you'd STILL not get a bad shot of Kristen. I haven't seen a "bad hair day" shot of her yet. The challenge would be to get a bad shot of this fine young woman, but me thinks that's impossible. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]Cheese!

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I over sharpen the whole image in RAW processing just a bit.
Then I use the NIK Classical Soft focus filter (NIK Efex 2.0) using my choice of settings. This makes the whole photo soft. I then use the history brush to paint back in the sharpness of eyes, part of hair, lips, etc. If find that when you run a softness effect on something that has been slightly oversharpened that you get a very interesting soft effect.

Here is a second variation that I call dark/sharp/soft. Just uses a different setting in the NIK filter.



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That's a really cute picture of her. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

That's a pretty cool technique. Thanks for sharing it. I'll hafta check out those Nik filters sometime... they seem to have some good stuff.

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They are wonderful fileters. And when you combine them with Photoshop you can extend them greatly. Here is an example of the Flux filter combined with a "color" layer mode:



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rfs, Its a technique thats been around for a while. I use it alot and really like the effects. I've been calling it SYS, for Soft Yet Sharp. I don't remember where I heard about it, or what it was called.

I think one thing that drew me to the technique is that is resembled the look of a Nikon Soft #2 filter that I used to like the looks of, however it did soften everything. But it was the way it softened that I liked, where it bled the light areas into the darks, rather than the darks into the lights like a Tiffen black net or black stocking would. Being able to get the same effect with softening, but also blending and ghosting, then sharpening up the details is real nice.

Typically, I always sharpen facial features as well as select parts of the rest of the image. Usually there are some very soft areas, and some very sharp areas in all my images. The skin tones are always left soft and blended. In the example below, I sharpended up the print in the top/skirt, shoes, straps, choker, and some of the cage behind her. The eyes, lips, eyebrows, and some facial lines were also resharpened (or unsoftened) with the history brush. I will also do some streaks in the hair at about 50% opacity to keep the shimmer and softness in the hair, but add a quality that makes it appear sharp as well.

The image you posted is a very good example of the technique. Nicely done, and a great looking model to boot!

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Thanks. I've had good luck with the technique and use it quite often.
I like the way your photo turned out. It also is a very good illustration of the Chiaroscuro principle.
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