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Old 08-31-2005, 08:39 AM
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Question Strong Shadows in Wedding Pix

Hello all....Naturally these pix were taken in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hopefully they can be saved. The shadow/highlights are so awful and I can't seem to help the matters. Any tips/tricks/workflow would be soooo greatly appreciated. Thanks to all who reply.

http://www2.cecomet.net/ronbon/ronbon/retouch1.JPG
http://www2.cecomet.net/ronbon/ronbon/retouch2.JPG

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Old 08-31-2005, 08:45 AM
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For some reason the photos are not showing up.

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Old 08-31-2005, 08:50 AM
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Sorry..thought it was there

hopefully these will do it

http://www2.cecomet.net/ronbon/ronbon/retouch1.jpg
http://www2.cecomet.net/ronbon/ronbon/retouch2.jpg
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Old 08-31-2005, 10:25 AM
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RE: Wedding Pix need severe help

Well, I did a little playing around with picture #2. The shadow on the grooms face made it very difficult. I lightened it as much as possible, but any more than what I did was starting to give his face a yellow cast.

I also changed the background.
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Old 08-31-2005, 11:30 AM
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I agree the groom's face is the hardest aspect. I used a quick mask to mask dark areas and then feathered it by 4 pixels before I created a new layer and used it in screen mode, I duplicated this many times, each time erasing areas I was happy with. This is just a quickie, but you should be able to get the idea. At 2.30am in the morning I really should be in bed. The second image, I used two omni spot lights and also cloned over the highlights of the groom's face (pardon the overspray on the ear). On the other image, I started playing around with a transplant face for the bride, but that's a little more time intensive. I realise the whites are probably a little overblown but this is for concept mainly
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Old 08-31-2005, 12:38 PM
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Kvryland

Ken....That came out better than expected. What extraction method are you using to get that background in?
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Old 08-31-2005, 01:08 PM
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RE: Wedding Pix need severe help / method used

I used Corel PhotoPaint to mask off the bride and groom, along with the greenery at their feet. PhotoPaint has some nice features. After masking, I had PhotoPaint "smooth" the mask to give it a more natural appearance. When I pasted the bride and groom over the background, I also feathered that layer by a couple of pixels.

I also looked around and found a nice garden background with the sun shining in from approximately the same direction as the original photo.
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Old 08-31-2005, 02:11 PM
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well, since everyone else took the other picture, i went with this one.

masked off the over-bright areas with a show all.
ran the fast fix plugin on the masked parts to lower the brightness and give a touch of contrast.
did some minor clone and smudge to fix some similar very small areas that the mask/fast fix didnt catch.

done.

Craig
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Old 08-31-2005, 02:14 PM
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LOVE added

Here is my quick atempt. I didn't want to take the time to put in another background.

I added some LOVE as only a Loverly can do

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Old 08-31-2005, 02:18 PM
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loverly,

maybe i've blown out my gamma on the monitor again, but i dont think so this time. it looks way too bright, especially the girl.

Craig

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