A.Shild 984

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A.Shild 984

New postby Robert » Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:53 pm

I've been taking shots of everything in the parts box for the trade/give away thread and I came across this. Spent a few minutes in PS giving it some warmth and character. (dodge/burn/de-fog/smudge)

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Re: A.Shild 984

New postby Stephan » Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:36 pm

Nice picture. What do you use for lighting?
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Re: A.Shild 984

New postby Robert » Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:29 am

Thanks,
This was natural light with an old 8x10 hand held as a reflector. I use anything from off camera Vivitar flashes to 400 watt Norman strobes.
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New postby Peter Blunsdon » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:40 pm

Can you show us before PS?

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Re: A.Shild 984

New postby Robert » Sat Nov 21, 2009 2:46 am

Sure Peter,
I shoot raw image format zeroed in camera with no adjustments so it's not very attractive, but this is it. I shoot for exposure and manual white balance with a grey/white card and the rest goes to adobe lightroom for sorting and then exported the photoshop.

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This is the "before" 5 or 6 martini's shot.
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Re: A.Shild 984

New postby Peter Blunsdon » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:19 am

Thanks Robert,

I'm left with that 'oh my gawd' feeling. Its going to take a lot more effort to get anywhere near your level of expertise!
Suppose I have to start somewhere. I have the camera, need to play 'raw' I need some white light and tackle white balance next I guess.

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Re: A.Shild 984

New postby veritas » Sat Nov 21, 2009 4:22 pm

Great pictures , very nice, beyond my skills. :D
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Re: A.Shild 984

New postby Robert » Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:23 am

Thanks guys,
it's slightly misleading viewing both side by side. I could hit auto or set the camera for basic improvements and the shot would look a lot better. Raw files are 24bit and very flexible in a photo editor before the image degrades. I wouldn't say I'm a whiz with ps, I've just been using it for a very long time. The first tip I give people is to view and edit the shot full size 1/1 with small diameter brushes. Dodging and burning used creatively can make a dull shot very dramatic. Watching your histogram is important in camera and out as well.
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