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Old 01-20-2011, 07:20 AM
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Help needed retouching architectural image

Hi There,

So Ive got this nightmare architectural interior of library. ITs got a million selections and I would like to know if anyone has any great tricks that dont require selection work as I have a lot of these library images coming soon which frightens me. I have already worked on this but im now scratching my head as what next to do. I know the client will be expecting better processing than I have so far achieved. Any suggestions very much welcome
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:47 AM
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Re: Help needed retouching architectural image

The thumbnail is low rez - what is the brief or look/style you hope to achieve?
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:06 AM
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Re: Help needed retouching architectural image

Hi repairman,

unfortunately i can not upload any bigger. 100Kb is the limit.

The brief is to create dramatic images with atmosphere and clarity. The light needs to be flowing through the room dramatically but also colour correction needs applying where materials are not easily readable. The image needs to be sharp with good midtone contrast with readable (but not flat) shadow detail
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:33 AM
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Re: Help needed retouching architectural image

OK, so you're after a few 'global' treatments to perk the pix up. Here's one tool to look at. Open up the 'channels' box to view the RGB seps. Drag the Blue sep down to the mask icon. This is now a selection. Go to Adjustment - Shadow/Highlight and move sliders to taste. I can't see detail in the file so you may find that the Red or Green give you better mask options. You can of course mix/match/edit the masks to taste but I can't take you through that here. Could be it'll work without the mask anyway. I'm sure others will give you some other methods. Good luck and feel free to PM me with particular questions.
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:44 PM
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Re: Help needed retouching architectural image

Thomass, that is a high contrast scene and if the customer wants what you have asked for, then to properly achieve it you need to have series bracketed photos where you can merge and tone map to capture the high dynamic range. You can attempt to tonemap the single image or apply multiple raw conversions but you may not find the results to be the best quality.
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:36 AM
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Re: Help needed retouching architectural image

thanks repairman it never occurred to me before to use luminosity masks with shadow & highlight.

Thanks also for your comments Murray. The picture has already been hand hdr'd and then stitched together. I always worry about doing too much to the file before stitching as if i make any too drastic adjustments to the file I cannot undo them with a stitched file. 3 exposures were used to bring back the highlight detail.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:37 AM
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Re: Help needed retouching architectural image

Thomass, have you ever tried some of the HDR processing applications such a Photomatix? It is especially good for the exact type of images you are working on.
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:31 PM
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Re: Help needed retouching architectural image

Hey Thomass. I've had some success manually making brackets (Dark and Light)from single RAW files and using luminosity masks built using the original exposure to open things up. This will explain if you are not familiar. (http://goodlight.us/writing/luminosi...tymasks-1.html.
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