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Using selective masking

In a new technique I've been developing, I have been experimenting

with selective "focus" and selective "Lighting"

Basically this involves taking a minimum of 3 images all playing with DOF

by 1 shot wide open, second half way, and last the very smallest f stop.

Focus on all 3 remains the same. in this example it's the leaf and bud closest to the lens.

All 3 images are brought into one Photoshop image, so now I have 3 layers.

f22 on top

f8 middle

f4 bottom

I start by creating a Layer mask hide all on the top 2

Then I selectively reveal what I want to show on the layer below.

I do a curves adjustment on the bottom layer if I have to.

The first image is the leaves at f22 at 0.4 seconds

the second image is the final image when completed

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L, 180mm L macro, 24-104mm L, 70-200mm L, 50mm 1.2...
Posted: 05/05/2007, 17:45:52 PM
Really interesting effect.

How important is the middle f8 layer? Could you get basically the same effect without it, just using the f22 and f4 images?

Posted: 05/05/2007, 17:59:57 PM
As it turned out YES I probably could have gotten away with just 2 images, howvwer the image dynamically changes when you put more information into the image. So I did use all 3 for this final result.

It also takes some pre-planning on which parts of of each image you think should be incorperated into the final.
L, 180mm L macro, 24-104mm L, 70-200mm L, 50mm 1.2...
Posted: 05/05/2007, 18:07:58 PM
I really does add a 3-d look. Thanks for sharing... teacher.
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Posted: 05/05/2007, 18:34:18 PM