RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Retouching
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Photo Retouching "Improving" photos, post-production, correction, etc.

Some Advice Needed

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-30-2007, 09:42 AM
rsaw3rd rsaw3rd is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4
Some Advice Needed

Hi,

This was taken with a Nikon D40, I know the Exposure is too hot, but individual wants this as a 11x14, I need some advice on how to make look better, I am using CS3, but am really new to this and sorta lost. Thanks for any advice.
Reply With Quote top
  #2  
Old 11-30-2007, 09:48 AM
rsaw3rd rsaw3rd is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4
Re: Some Advice Needed

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v331/sell4u-online-auctions/Inquires/DSC_1088_11x14copy.jpg">

Sorry forgot to post image
Reply With Quote top
  #3  
Old 11-30-2007, 10:32 AM
DCobb's Avatar
DCobb DCobb is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 557
Re: Some Advice Needed

Hi-
If you are using CS3, which I use, you might enjoy Scott Kelby's 7-Point System for Photoshop CS3. With CS3, as you may know, you can open JPEGs and flattened TIFF files in Camera Raw where you can use the camera raw functions before taking the photo into CS3 for further refinement. Made a few changes. There is still more work that could be done on this.

dc
Attached Images
File Type: jpg family.jpg (175.8 KB, 88 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #4  
Old 11-30-2007, 10:43 AM
rsaw3rd rsaw3rd is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4
Re: Some Advice Needed

Oh Ok, thanks for the tip
Reply With Quote top
  #5  
Old 11-30-2007, 12:09 PM
madclark madclark is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 199
Re: Some Advice Needed

And rsaw3rd, you should realize that the image as you posted looks underexposed and not "hot" which would refer to highlights being blown out to pure white. You can see that DCobb had to bring the tone up on the picture, not down. Do the raw adjust like suggested first, than otherwise you would need to adjust the levels for fine tuning when you imported it into Photoshop, ok? :-)

Also, did you do some post shot processing on it? The image seems all blobby for some reason.
Reply With Quote top
  #6  
Old 11-30-2007, 03:47 PM
mistermonday's Avatar
mistermonday mistermonday is offline
Moderator
Patron
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 3,028
Re: Some Advice Needed

A simple Level adjustment (Ctrl+L or add a Levels adjustment layer) moving the Highlight Slider to the left is all you need to brighten the image. Then a small amount of Smart Sharpen to eliminate the "digital softness" will make your image come to life. If you like the colors to be more intense you can boost the saturation with a Hue / Sat adjustment.
Regards, Murray
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC_1088_11x14copy MM.jpg (154.3 KB, 52 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #7  
Old 11-30-2007, 04:57 PM
Alison's Avatar
Alison Alison is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Sanctuary Point, N.S.W Australia
Posts: 314
Re: Some Advice Needed

Hi rsaw3rd,

Open image, duplicate image.
Levels adjustment layer, individual channels, brought right slider into majority of information.
Flatten image, duplicate layer.
Used shadow/highlight filter to balance out the shadows and highlights a little bit.
Take snapshot.
Flatten image, duplicate layer.
Used a plugin called neat image to smooth out the image. Add layer mask, use black brush to paint over the individuals, not their leg area though.
Take snapshot.
Flatten image, duplicate layer, set blending mode to overlay, use high pass filter in filter>other (about 1 or 2), add layer mask, invert mask (ctrl - i) use white brush to paint over individuals in the same way as before.
Take snapsot.
Flatten image, duplicate layer.
Use filter>blur>gaussian blur, settings to suit, take down opacity of this layer to suit. I used about 50%. Add layer mask, using black brush paint over the individuals in the same way as above.
Take snapshot.
If satisfied with the result, flatten image, save for web, and post at RetouchPro
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC_1088-copy.jpg (90.7 KB, 42 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #8  
Old 11-30-2007, 05:49 PM
rsaw3rd rsaw3rd is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4
Re: Some Advice Needed

Thank You So Very Much For the Help
Reply With Quote top
  #9  
Old 11-30-2007, 07:23 PM
skydog's Avatar
skydog skydog is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Carolina
Posts: 1,293
Re: Some Advice Needed

Allison...what do you mean by "take snapshot"?

DCobb...personally, your improved pic looks too saturated...but that's just my opinion.
Reply With Quote top
  #10  
Old 11-30-2007, 10:52 PM
Cassidy Cassidy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,104
Re: Some Advice Needed

This is such a busy picture and very beautiful but distracting for a portrait. First thing I did was crop the photo, so not as much of the distracting background was present. Then using a mask I used levels to remove the contrasty shadows on the faces. Using another levels layer with the same mask inverted, darkened the background and then dropped the saturation a bit. As to my eye the photo looks somewhat blurry, I used a highpass overlay to sharpen the detail a little.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC_1088_11x14copy copy.jpg (90.9 KB, 32 views)
Reply With Quote top
Reply

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Retouching


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
much needed advice christo Hardware 1 12-26-2006 07:09 PM
Starting a project, advice needed Brent H Photo Retouching 3 10-21-2006 07:20 PM
Advice needed cducasse Photo Restoration 3 10-08-2006 10:32 AM
Advice Needed for Retouching Old Photo sm9 Image Help 14 11-26-2005 01:04 PM
Legal Advice needed sjm Legal Issues 6 10-10-2002 04:16 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved