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Old 09-22-2008, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am kind of getting back to my Headshot roots and I did a shoot today with Tammy and this is my favorite from the bunch but I want to see what the members of G1 think of it so please jump right in with your comments and critiques. Thanks.
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Re: From My Shoot With Tammy F
Old 09-22-2008, 07:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try blurring the background a bit to hide the wrinkels in the fabric.
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Re: From My Shoot With Tammy F
Old 09-23-2008, 10:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If possible move subject farther away from background, to eliminate shadows and soften it also. Maybe crop closer.

When it is not possible to move the model you might have to use Photoshop to correct it. I have attached an example. As you can see the original had a very distracting background, which was something I had no control over at the time.

I believe the pale blue color of the background does not add to the look.



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Steve and Ben:

Thanks for your input, it is much appreciated. A lot of times I know what I want but getting it done in PhotoShop is another thing altogether.

I agree with both of you that the background could be better and Ben that red background really "pops" I am going out looking for one this weekend.

Steve and Ben, I live in a small condo (1,000 sq ft; not that small but small enough) and as such my space is limited. I am thinking to blur the background I would do it with perhaps a Layer Mask and a Gaussian Blur? Am I ontrack here or am I totally off?

Thanks again for your help and keep up the good work.

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Steve and Ben, I live in a small condo (1,000 sq ft; not that small but small enough) and as such my space is limited. I am thinking to blur the background I would do it with perhaps a Layer Mask and a Gaussian Blur? Am I ontrack here or am I totally off?

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I use layer via copy. Ctrl +J on a PC. Then your preference of blur, but I like Gaussian. With that said, it will always be a lot of extra work if you have to Photoshop the background of every image.

It seems the model is about 1 foot (less than 2 anyway) from the background, therefore the shadow will always be a problem. Is there another area in your condo you can use? Get creative in your thinking...

I have shot into a room through the doorway of another room. I even stood on a back porch and shot through open sliding glass doors. My lights would barely fit inside.

Just tossing out some ideas so you don't have to spend your time at the darned computer (like we all do.. me included).

By the way, the background in the example I did was a complete re-work of the background... to time consuming, but as I say, I had no option in this case.
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I use layer via copy. Ctrl +J on a PC. Then your preference of blur, but I like Gaussian. With that said, it will always be a lot of extra work if you have to Photoshop the background of every image.

It seems the model is about 1 foot (less than 2 anyway) from the background, therefore the shadow will always be a problem. Is there another area in your condo you can use? Get creative in your thinking...

I have shot into a room through the doorway of another room. I even stood on a back porch and shot through open sliding glass doors. My lights would barely fit inside.

Just tossing out some ideas so you don't have to spend your time at the darned computer (like we all do.. me included).

By the way, the background in the example I did was a complete re-work of the background... to time consuming, but as I say, I had no option in this case.
Thanks Ben, you are right I could back out onto my patio. I will give that some thought.

As far as the Ctrl - J I am familiar with that but do I need to indicate (via the Lasso or some other tool) what I want to turn into a Layer? From doing Layers on other photos I think I have to tell PhotoShop what I want to turn into a Layer. Can you confirm this for me. Thanks.

I just 15 minutes ago finished a shoot with a Model/Actress and she and I have been trying to get together for months and we finally did it today and my preliminary look at the images indicates we did a good job. This woman is at the top of her game and has the training and credentials to prove it. When she poses she becomes the pose.

Mostly what we shot were tight (and I mean TIGHT) headshots for her book so th background shouldn't be as much of a problem. I am waiting to hear back from her as to which images she wants and then I will start working on them.

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Thanks Ben, you are right I could back out onto my patio. I will give that some thought.

As far as the Ctrl - J I am familiar with that but do I need to indicate (via the Lasso or some other tool) what I want to turn into a Layer? From doing Layers on other photos I think I have to tell PhotoShop what I want to turn into a Layer. Can you confirm this for me. Thanks.
The Ctrl+J (sometimes called jumping the layer) creates a layer of the total image you are working with. No need to lasso anything or have any existing layers before you do it.

Then perform whatever alteration you want; blur, darker, etc. to the top layer (layer 1). The original layer will be named "background", when you open the layers window (F7).

Then go down to the small square with the circle inside, and click to create layer mask. Be sure you make the colors white and black on the color bar.

Using the BRUSH, use black to erase anything on the top layer you want to show through. You can always use the white brush to paint anything back in. You can view only the top layer to see what i sbeing erased or painted back in.

I am not good at explaining when I type, but maybe the attachment will help.

This is a better method than copying a layer and using the eraser tool, because it is too difficult to go back with the history brush to make changes.


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Ben, again many thanks. I tried your technique on one of the photos I got with the actress today and it worked great and I was able to paint back in the detail I wanted or needed.

I do want to make sure of one thing. You talked about black to put back and white to erase and you indicated the Background/Foreground icon on the tool pallet. Do I switch between Black and White by clicking on the little symbols that are diagonally across from each other at the upper right and lower left corners? Is this how Black (paint) and White (erase) are selected?

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Yes... The black and white squares that the arrow (on the image I posted) point to.

You can change the opacity, tool shape, size, etc, just as you do with any other application.

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