2nd February 2010, 06:18 AM
Learning...slowly - PP/retouching
I don't do much PP on my images as a general rule. However, hanging around here has piqued my interest, so I tried something tonight.
Here is the original, out of the camera.
Then I cropped with a twist to "level" the curving shoreline. I then selected the lake and pulled the brightness and contrast. Then I selected the houses and shoreline and twiddled the brightness and contrast. Last I selected the sky and clouds and pulled the curves just a bit.
I'm not really happy with it, but it is not bad for a first try at selective PP.
2nd February 2010, 06:17 PM
Something more dramatique with levels and lasso.
All the best
Last edited by Dave Humphries; 2nd February 2010 at 09:22 PM.
2nd February 2010, 09:23 PM
Interesting approach, Radu. I'm going to play some more with the selective PP.
20th February 2010, 10:58 PM
Here's what I've come up in lightroom:
I've cranked up exposure, then added some fill light to bring out detail in trees, increased brightness and contrast to compensate for fill light, recovered some highlights and finally I shifted luminance and saturation of oranges in HSL panel.
BTW this is my first post, I've been looking for a great place like this since I got my first dslr month ago!
20th February 2010, 11:28 PM
I like that. The only further processing I'd do is bring up the darkness and contrast of the middle bank of clouds to more closely match what my eye saw that day. The middle layer of clouds were quite dark, but had quite a bit of detail to see.
To tell the truth, I had almost forgotten this post. I'm glad you brought it up. I need to go back and play with that one a bit more.
21st February 2010, 06:38 AM
Since everybody is doing it, I wanna be cool too!
I did this entirely with photoshop curves - I feel it gives me more control over brightness across the image. I think I may have gone a little heavy on the dark areas, as there is an unnatural gradient between the trees and the cloud opening. I just didn't know how to make the houses bright enough while keeping the sky properly exposed. I also went a little heavy on the artificial vignetting.
21st February 2010, 08:13 PM