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Old 11-19-2009, 10:45 AM
ei8ht ei8ht is offline
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Natural lighting and retouching question

I shoot mostly with natural lighting. I am preparing to open a studio in spring 2010. That's when I'll get into using more lights.
Anyway, my question is this. I want to make my pictures pop and can't seem to make it happen. I'm using PS CS3.
Where do I start?
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:03 PM
AngeloLorenzo AngeloLorenzo is offline
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Re: Natural lighting and retouching question

"Pop" is such a vague term, post a sample as we can give some suggestions.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:09 AM
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Re: Natural lighting and retouching question

Start by what you want to achieve. For example, I always wanted to achieve good grayscales, so I invested all my life in that, and keep in that road so far. At the end what 'pops' is you, not your pics.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:47 AM
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Re: Natural lighting and retouching question

You can start by researching and mastering the following topics:

channel blending (choosing channels with best detail and replacing the bad ones with good ones)

proper channel by channel curving to gain detail where it matters (remember: global S-curve is not always a solution)

luminosity masking, to mask out areas damaged by the flat or clipped areas of the curve

local contrast (either by using unsharp mask with high radius & low amount or medium details slider in topaz detail plugin which is what im using

dodging and burning (painting the light and adding dimension)

finally, proper sharpening.
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