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Old 03-15-2009, 06:02 AM
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Got carried away taking wedding shots on a course in the UK and on this one used fill flash the wrong way around, is there a quick easy method to either neutralise or eliminate the shadow, i know i should have thought of this at the time i was taking the picture...i'm always telling everybody else this, nobody is perfect lol
The image below is virtually out of the camera converted to .jpg its a D£ file so will stand a lot of punishment!
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:06 AM
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Re: How do i neutralise nose shadow?

Aha!, think it may help if i upload the image....doh!
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Old 03-15-2009, 07:01 AM
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Re: How do i neutralise nose shadow?

Quick repair
First i used curves to lighten the skin, mask and paint in the shadow and then new color layer to mach color(because color in shadow was different- more satureted)
i repeted it 3 times to get the more accurate result.
its all about dodging & burning.

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Old 03-15-2009, 09:18 AM
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Good attempt Kapalika, thanks
is there a tutorial somewhere on this, i'm still a PS dumbo when it comes to making shadows less obvious, i really should have nailed the shot first time...
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:01 AM
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Re: How do i neutralise nose shadow?

I don't know if this shot was a practice image by you or at a wedding, regardless, these kind of things will happen; especially at a face-paced wedding shoot One help would be to diffuse your flash unit a bit more; it helps soften shadows. Try this also: Make an empty layer, set the blending mode to Softlight, and with a soft, white brush at 5-10% opacity, paint over the shadow. The darker area will not be removed completely, but it will help. You then can clone at low opacity to remove the shadow. Just as important, I would work on her teeth, reducing the yellowing with a Hue/Sat layer with yellow and red selected and do some work on her wonderful eyes. Remove bad stray hairs too.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:29 AM
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Re: How do i neutralise nose shadow?

I used curves (taking a lot of samples from neighboring pixels) + d&b
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:50 AM
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I don't know if this shot was a practice image by you or at a wedding, regardless, these kind of things will happen; especially at a face-paced wedding shoot One help would be to diffuse your flash unit a bit more; it helps soften shadows. Try this also: Make an empty layer, set the blending mode to Softlight, and with a soft, white brush at 5-10% opacity, paint over the shadow. The darker area will not be removed completely, but it will help. You then can clone at low opacity to remove the shadow. Just as important, I would work on her teeth, reducing the yellowing with a Hue/Sat layer with yellow and red selected and do some work on her wonderful eyes. Remove bad stray hairs too.
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It was a practice shoot on a two day course, frantic pace as there were 6 of us all snapping away trying to avoid each others shadows as well...
Yep i'm leaving the teeth and hairs until i've mastered the shadow thing.
Ideal would be a cls system where i can have off camera fill and you are right i should have lowered the power on the SB900 even further, rgards,
Gary...
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:52 AM
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I used curves (taking a lot of samples from neighboring pixels) + d&b
I like this one, looks natural to me, will try all methods now and see how it goes, regards,
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Old 03-15-2009, 11:57 AM
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Re: How do i neutralise nose shadow?

It's a nice shot and pose. A frantic pace is good training. A piece of tissue, gauss, thin white material taped to the flash head can work wonders. Using a rubber band and a white card fixed to the back of the flash head with the head at a 45 degree angle too.
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Old 03-15-2009, 03:30 PM
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Re: How do i neutralise nose shadow?

Just a lot of D&B then color over in new layer set to color blending with sampled color.

I then edited the rest. Mostly all D&B but im trying some new things out with color, thanks for the practice.

-Keven

Edit* continued to edit, removed mole and hairs. Also reduced the slightly dark line on the nose edge. All D&B, for those that think D&B is useless. Takes a long time but its worth the detail. I lastly attempted to fix the teeth (with liquify push left).
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