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don't shoot the retoucher

Posted 01-10-2010 at 02:10 AM by Nasturtium

I'm finding the coverage (or lack there of :-) of Jennifer Hawkin's nude cover on Feb 2010 Australian Marie Claire endlessly amusing. First of all who uses the term 'air brushing' anymore? And second of all it seems completely arbitrary to me that she can have the best make-up, photographers and lighting but entering the digital darkroom is a no no. lol, like nothing happens in camera. Yawn! This argument is so tired.

I got a number of books on Photoshop for Christmas which I am slowly working my way though. I suppose it's not unexpected that Margulis would say that LAB is almost always better than RAW processing but personally I found it a total relief to have such a definitive answer and am in the process of adjusting my workflow accordingly. Towards the end of 'Professional Photoshop' it actually started to make sense, gasp! Now if I can just tie that together with the Russell Brown tutorial where he changes the file's color space and makes extra channels (can't find it again, if you know what I'm talking about please send me the link) then I am in for some fun experimenting.

I also received Steve Caplin's 'How to Cheat' which is totally mind boggling - how can he be so organized and creative at the same time? I accidentally got it for CS4 and I am so glad that I did because it gradually explains the new features.
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    amica999's Avatar
    Nancy, just duplicate the image (not the layer) On the copy go to Image-> Mode-> select LAB. Now you can go to the channel and select all, copy, go to your rgb image, open the channels palette, create a new channel and paste or in the RGB Image get a new layer go to image-> apply image -> select the copy as a source, select wanted channel, play with blending modes....
    Posted 01-10-2010 at 11:40 AM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    2mittsphotog's Avatar
    Nasturtium, which book of Margulis are you reading? I need to delve more into the LAB color space it sounds like, and maybe his book would be the one for me. Thanks!
    Posted 10-23-2010 at 09:03 PM by 2mittsphotog 2mittsphotog is offline
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    2mittsphotog's Avatar
    I have a sneaking suspicion it it's the one: Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace! lol, should have done a search first! >.< sorry!
    Posted 10-23-2010 at 09:07 PM by 2mittsphotog 2mittsphotog is offline
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    Nasturtium's Avatar
    2mittsphotog, start with the Canyon Conundrum

    go here to read more;

    there is a detailed discussion of the Margulis' books on DGrin.

    and keep in mind the Margulis wrote those books before there was ACR (Adobe camera raw) which makes some of his arguments in favor of the Lab color space obsolete.
    Posted 10-24-2010 at 11:42 PM by Nasturtium Nasturtium is offline
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    I'll certainly look into it, thank you so much for the reply.
    Posted 10-25-2010 at 01:30 AM by 2mittsphotog 2mittsphotog is offline

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