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Oh ye of little faith.....in Photoshop

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Rjmiz
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Message posted at 04/27/2007, 08:11:04 AM by Rjmiz
For those of little faith in what Photoshop can do...I present the evidence.



Image 1 is the RAW image unadjusted. All the information to make image 2 was there

I just had to look for it.



What was required was selective masking on multiple layers.

Blending, levels, curves, photo filter, and selective highlights

were all done on about 7 layers each with its own mask to contribute to the final image



 Dreamstime generic image 



 Image not available or id is incorrect. 



I just started shooting water falls 2 weeks ago. I knew absolutely NOTHING

about how to go about doing it. Here are some pointers I'll pass on.



Always shoot on a dull bright to medium bright overcast or cloudy day.

You can only control the brightness with the time of day. If it's too bright (not good)

then wait a little longer in the day to shoot.



Be careful not to over expose the white foam, and get blown highlights. I have yet to

discover a way to control this with any pin point accuracy.



Bracket your shots, and of course a good tripod is essemtial.



Remember the rule of thirds. I can't over emphasize this point enough. Framing your

shot is the key to getting a pleasing soothing feel for the eye to drink in.



If I can't get the viewer to think "Gee, I wish I was there in this place right now" then my image has not been sucessful
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Martinapplegate
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Message posted at 04/28/2007, 05:51:57 AM by Martinapplegate
Very good - well done !!


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Kenny123
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Message posted at 05/01/2007, 19:20:07 PM by Kenny123
That's a lot of work! You could try just taking two shots-one spot-metered for the highlights and one spot-metered for the shadows, and use what I call: Dynamic Range Increase, as follows:



1. In Photoshop open light and dark images



2. Add light image to dark image as a new layer



3. Select>Color range-"highlights",check "invert",click "OK"



4. Add layer mask



5. Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur 250 pixels radius



6.Flatten and save.



Quick and easy, regards, Ken
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Pinkcandy
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Message posted at 05/02/2007, 01:29:31 AM by Pinkcandy
Thanks alot to share that with us!!!
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Lightart
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Message posted at 05/02/2007, 13:33:39 PM by Lightart

Originally posted by Kenny123:
Quoted Message: That's a lot of work! You could try just taking two shots-one spot-metered for the highlights and one spot-metered for the shadows, and use what I call: Dynamic Range Increase, . . . Quick and easy, regards, Ken




Yep that method is good and works sometimes. But if you've got any wind issues then you'll end up with fuzzy of blurred leaves and branches that don't match up when layering in HDR. And if the dynamic exposure range is to great, then you'll need three to maybe four exposures. And your file size is pretty well up there by then. So considering the environment you are shooting in, it may not be as quick and easy as it seems.
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