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Post-production. How to get bright and shiny colours?
Old 03-01-2009, 09:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for presets, plug-ins, softwares or maybe just tips for getting my JPG pics looking more bright and colourful on internet.

Any suggestions or links??

I'm using RAW files as source
Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4
on a Mac.

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Re: Post-production. How to get bright and shiny colours?
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How about an example of yours and what you want them to look like.

As asked, it's pretty vague.
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Re: Post-production. How to get bright and shiny colours?
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How about an example of yours and what you want them to look like.

As asked, it's pretty vague.
I agree, tell us a little about your work flow too.
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Re: Post-production. How to get bright and shiny colours?
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I'm looking for presets, plug-ins, softwares or maybe just tips for getting my JPG pics looking more bright and colourful on internet.
Well, if you're looking to get your images to look more bright and colorful on the Internet (as opposed to anywhere else), and if they look fine in PhotoShop, then it might be as simple as converting to sRGB before you upload them if that wasn't done.
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Re: Post-production. How to get bright and shiny colours?
Old 03-02-2009, 10:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok,

Well, I've been looking to many glamour pics and I've found something that I still can't get on my own pictures.
I've noticed that the shiny ones, that I've been trying to reach, always have some white reflex on skins.
I mean, the lights reflection on models body are much more shiny and visible than on my pictures.
So, my pictures just doesn't look shiny as others because they don't have light reflex at all.

Obviously I'll have to learn how to get those reflexes from my own lights during the photo shoot (I'd appreciate if somebody could tell me how to get it) but, for the moment, I could produce something similar on photoshop.

Basically I have used the brush tool very softly to include some white reflex on my model.

Is this a normal practice on post production or what I have done is unacceptable?

I could do it but I don't know if I'm doing the right way.


Here is one of my pictures where I have added some white reflex.

Any help about this subject will be very welcome.

Thanks

Original picture as shoot



With some white reflex included on Photoshop.
Look specially at her left arm and her face.
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Re: Post-production. How to get bright and shiny colours?
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My first thought was that it was underexposed so I downloaded it and had a look at your histogram and it's about a half stop underexposed.

Try opening it in photoshop, go to the exposure menu (Image>Adjustments>Exposure) and add + .5 to the exposure and see if that is closer to what you want. After that, calibrate your light meter or get one of those calibration targets so you can don't have to deal with all the noise that underexposure can create.

If you want your shadows to stay the same tone but your highlights higher you will have to start controlling your light a little tighter with grids and gobos.

Hope that helps,
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Re: Post-production. How to get bright and shiny colours?
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Thanks a lot Ernie.

Actually I'm getting good results now using Diffuse Glow filter on Photoshop.
It seems to give me what I was looking for.
I'm still practicing how to get it right from my strobos. ;-)
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