If you're like me, sometimes what comes out of your camera and onto your monitor isn't quite what you had in mind when you took the photo. Sometimes the image might look a bit flat or dull, despite playing with curves or levels in Photoshop.Have you ever tried the blending modes? They can really add something dynamic to an image. So where do you find blending modes? When you open an image in Photoshop, you'll automatically have a background layer in the Layers palette. You won't see the blending... continue reading
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I took a trip to Budapest last week with a view to taking some architectural pictures, I do not take photographs like this very often and when I do I usually struggle greatly with the management of dynamic range.I decided to bracket off all of my architectural shots with a view of trying to get some natural looking HDR photographs using Photomatix, again my results using tone mapping have been fairly inconclusive to say the least.Hunagrian parliamentBut using the exposure blending function... continue reading
Here I am going to explain a method which can give you a perfect Dynamic Range. I am going to focus on exposure blending.Why this method?"Because this method gives me the most accurate color rendition which I saw on the actual site." I don't say that you should not use other methods like graduated neutral density filters, HDR etc. Just have this also in your set of tricks :). I prefer this method because it gives the most accurate colors. I don't promise that you can be a great photographer... continue reading
Oh well, not really. :-)This blog is simply to illustrate what I blogged earlier on Better Colour via Black and White.In this instance the Black and White was created using Calculations, namely using the Green and Blue channels, in that order, and blending them using the Multiply Mode.And a copy of the resulting Alpha Channel is pasted as a new layer above the image with a Luminosity blending mode, with some adjustments to Opacity.Now this particular Calculation and Blending mode seems... continue reading
EarlierI mentioned this topic.I just like to add a few more ideas.This is applicable for processing of landscape scenes particularly for sunsets.At sunset the colour balance is rather complex. The shadows tend to be cold and the highlights, warm. (It is the same for sunrise too.)And I exploit this fact with natural masks as follows.I create a Multiply blending layer and masked it with the "natural" Blue mask (Ctrl-3).(And the best way to create a blending layer, is to insert... continue reading
It sounds paradoxical but a good black and white version of your colour picture can make the colour picture better.For a good black and white picture is one which has good contrasts (global and local) and reveals lots of textures, wherever these matter to the composition in the picture.Now this can contribute to a better colour picture if we can extract these contrasts and textures for the colour picture.And this can be done rather easily.Simply make a copy of the black and white picture... continue reading
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