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Old 07-26-2009, 01:54 PM
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orgasmatron photo retouch method

Heya i'm newbie to photo retouch,anyone know how to make these effects in the background of music photos?he always have some vignetting or something like this and noise in the background,you can look some pictures like example in the links below and sorry for my poor english

http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgasmatron/3672268058/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgasmatron/3682052280/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgasmatron/3755632824/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgasmatron/3754760117/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgasma...7603330339515/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgasmatron/3755349530/

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Old 07-26-2009, 02:04 PM
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Re: orgasmatron photo retouch method

I'm not a photographer, but these all look like the stage lighting to me, not post-production effects added in.
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:57 PM
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Re: orgasmatron photo retouch method

[QUOTE=jerome65;237941]I'm not a photographer, but these all look like the stage lighting to me, not post-production effects added


You're right thats stagelight. And the noise....
Maybe a Nikon before the D3 area
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:56 PM
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Re: orgasmatron photo retouch method

no is not the stage lighting i'm a music photographer and i also take better photos than him,i know well the stage lighting,but i 'm sure that he modify the lights on the background,like you see in these pictures he reduce the lights on the background,look the corners

http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgasmatron/3230197203/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgasmatron/3672268058/
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Old 07-26-2009, 05:51 PM
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Re: orgasmatron photo retouch method

well, first of all his photos are too much Low Res, very important cause he is hiding the several noise we can appreciate even being small pics.

he would can use some kind of external flash for center the light on the musician, maybe closing diaphragm for a darker background and staying the ISO on high ranges.

he plays with lighting effects as well. i'm not a big fan of his gallery to be honest.

cheers man
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:04 AM
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Re: orgasmatron photo retouch method

IMHO he's just using masks to make vignettes or devoid action from the background. On the Mastodon / Brent Hinds photo there is a use of a layer making kind of a vignette in the corners. You can start (to emulate the photo) with a solid color layer set to black and then paint the mask with black on the places you don't want it to show. Then select the mask and go to filter>blur>gaussian blur and give it a number from 50 to 100 to soften the edges. Then play a bit with the opacity of the layer to taste. This can be done to emulate the Napalm Death photo as well.

Now the EyeHateGod / Phil Anselmo photo looks weird since the lighting on the person isn't the same as in the background which makes him look like he was cut from another photo and pasted into the background.

The others I don't think are that straight forward and need multiple techniques not just the one I mentioned...
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:48 PM
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Re: orgasmatron photo retouch method

Bleachpass. Some pictures has the selective desaturation (and obvious vignetting) and those great B/W just raw editting. They may have some cloning, it's quite almost impossible to get an excellent picture straight from the camera for a lot of reasons to write up.
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Old 07-30-2009, 01:45 AM
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Re: orgasmatron photo retouch method

A lot of the images are just great stage lighting. There is a good dose of "stage fog or smoke" in some of them that creates a very pretty look as well.

Image #2 does seem to have some cutting and extracting artifacts in the hair...so image #2 I would guess is a cutout with a nice background possibly.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgasmatron/3682052280/

Most of these images are shot with low F stops which helps create that smooth "bokeh" background that is so nicely out of focus here. I really enjoy the look of "short depth of field" shots...it helps blur the background... and ultra separate the subject from the background. I like that soft smooth look behind... with the totally sharp subject in the foreground. Some of the best looking images that are created like this use F 1.2, F 1.4, or F2 arpreture stops in the low lighting levels of a stage. I have one such lens...its my favorite for creating the look...and it costs over $1000 USD because it is a wide and fast F stop lens.

Maybe thats why it seems that only the pros can get such good looking images like this...because they invest in the "glass" that creates such depth of field looks so well. The really good lenses can give you such shallow depth of field and softness that if you shoot a portrait at an angle...you can get it so one eye is in focus and the other eye is nicely blurred...now thats a nice F1.2 lens that creates hollywood pictures!!
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