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Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

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Old 06-24-2010, 05:24 AM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

This is my try.
No hdr.
The too white clouds there is no information in it.
You can't make them better.
Next time shoot in raw then you have a chance for those whites.


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Old 06-25-2010, 09:30 AM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

Most of the work has been done in RAW.
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Old 06-27-2010, 03:04 PM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

I see everyone has already covered this pretty well, so I have no new suggestions, but a question. Do you mind if we use our edited versions of your photo in our portfolios? (Of course crediting you as photographer.)
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:05 PM
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Re: Brighten Subject, Darken Sky. Need Help!

Thought I would have a go at this one and give it my slant and see what it looked like. This has no HDR techniques in it just some good well seasoned retouching I learned a while ago which only uses part of one of the methods previously highlighted below from other contributors.

The clouds are not the best as the blown highlights are devoid of data as Falem mentioned. Although I managed to get some detail back into them I would suggest that you try slotting in a new sky with clouds (I have whole folders full of them) which you could shoot now and again when there's nothing interesting to capture. You never now when you might need them. I've also levelled up the image a little bit as it was sloping to the right too much for me. I've tried to balance out the lighting to the foreground/landscape and the boy so that it looks convincing for the type of light being cast down through the clouds.

Not keen on using JPG's for this type of stuff. Raws are far better and easier for the way I work. Not everyones cup of tea though!! My file ended up at over 500Kb and has been reduced for upload which in turn as made it slightly noisey.
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