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Digital Photography Technique => Digital Darkroom => Topic started by: a700 guy on September 23, 2009, 03:39:56 PM
Good day to all!
A coworker of mine just got his hands on CS4 and was kind enough to sell his CS3 to me. So now I have a comprehensive suite of I don't know what. :)
I'm new to all of this so if I sound like I don't know what I'm talking about, I don't.
I have an image that I would like to 'pretty up' as my first go 'round. It's (I think) a neat shot of an abandoned truck that I found while camping last month.
The color is a bit off. The sun was hiding behind some clouds at the time, and I'd like to see if I can fix that.
Does anyone want to give a hint at which one of the 30 billion options I should start with? :)
You could also directly edit the photo itself if you were moved to do so.
Originals (JPG and RAW) are here: http://cid-807da7794fbf751d.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/ (http://cid-807da7794fbf751d.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/)
Looking at PS sure is daunting, but I think I'll get the hang of it after a while.
Thanks a million!
Looks like this fell off the screen. Ooops.
Well you asked, "Does anyone want to give a hint at which one of the 30 billion options I should start with?"
Tough questions. Sort of depends on what you were looking for. I darkened the dark areas in the old shed, cloned out some foliage inside and and jazzed up the truck colors and vegetation. Added a frame as that can sort of let you know what it might look like in a frame.
You were correct ""30 billion options." ;)
PS: 1970 Chevy one-ton? Or is it a half ton? Looked like a flat deck on the back instead of a ½-ton box.
I work with the basic options out of the 30 billion. Levels, adjustment on shadows, highlights and midtones (on a separate non destructive layer), curves and sharpening. If added value, a bit of color saturation. I try to stick to this workflow as much as I can as it speeds up the processing time.
By now I know exactly how far I can push the sliders in combination with the camera and lenses I use so that is pretty much the combination that you need to look for. Try to have a consistent input to output flow as well, I process exclusively in AdobeRGB. (Convert to sRGB for web upload, which is another option in Photoshop).
Hope this helps a bit ..
Clive that's great. The color you got from the truck is exactly what I was looking for because that's just how it looked in person.
Since I couldn't find the 'Jazz Up' option under any of the menus :), could you shed some light on how you got it that way?
As far as what year the truck is, I don't know. Found it at a grass airstrip in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Me and a friend were roughing it (with lots of beer) at his campsite. He grew up in that area and told me that the truck has been there since he was a kid.
I don't use CS .. just PS Elements.
The "Jazz Up" feature in Elements is Alt U (the "U" must be for "UP", eh? ;) ) .. it is saturation.
So the jazz up feature is merely the saturation feature.
You can boost individual colors or all colors at once. I prefer boositng colors individually. Be careful it is easy to overdo.
Thank you Clive. I will give that a go.
And I've seen those 'overdone' pictures before. I'll try to steer clear of that!
Have fun a700guy.
BTW I said, "So the jazz up feature is merely the saturation feature. "
You can also fiddle with the contrast and light levels .. these can affect color values.
Stef. or others may wish to comment.
I'd of probably done pretty much what Clive has done.
The only other thing id perhaps do is below.
Took me all of a couple minutes. Because the truck is such an orange colour, i just boosted the red and reduced the yellow and green channels in a saturation layer (reduced them to 0)
Then a small bit of dodging/burning.