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    Don hales, love his work. I'm wondering how he's getting that haze effect on a lot of his shots. It's certainly done in post, but everything I've tried doesn't look nearly as good.

    Any thoughts? Here are some examples:

  • #2
    Re: Another how did they do it post.

    I would say that the answer is only partially post production. In both photos there's a window present so he may be shooting in such a way to let it flare like that. Especially in the photo of the girl laying on the bed; just a lot of soft back lighting. If you wanted to mimic the glowing effect in post I would suggest painting with a big soft white brush on it's own layer. Then use free transform to stretch and place it in some kind of a realistic fashion. If you have a window present I would just magic wand a rough selection of the window then fill your selection with white on a new layer then run a gaussian blur to taste (depending on how glowy you want it) then adjust opacity to something semi realistic.


    • #3
      Re: Another how did they do it post.

      Thanks! I'll give that a shot.


      • #4
        Re: Another how did they do it post.

        New layer:fill with white, or white gradient or paint with huge brush

        set to normal, low opacity.


        • #5
          Re: Another how did they do it post.

          Originally posted by SixHouse View Post
          It's certainly done in post, but everything I've tried doesn't look nearly as good.
          It has some definition in the original shot, which helped keep these from looking like a complete mess after they adjusted the range so much. Also skoobey's advice is right on. I suspect part of the problem may be the images where you are trying to apply this.


          • #6
            Re: Another how did they do it post.

            Easy way to this effect is a simple Levels adjustment layer, but instead of using the 3 sliders under the histogram use the sliders for "output levels" below. Grab the black slider and drag it to the right.

            To demonstrate, take the sample image of the girl and the chair. First, add a Levels Adjustmet layer, grab the black point dropper and click on the bottom back side of the chair. That will return the image to "normal". Then add another Levels Adjustment layer as described above. Drag the black output slider right and watch the image return to original.


            • #7
              Re: Another how did they do it post.

              there's no blacks in the images, so everything looks hazy. lift the black point in a curves adjustment layer, or slide it over in levels, as mentioned above. Not so difficult.


              • #8
                Re: Another how did they do it post.

                Originally posted by DJSoulglo View Post
                Not so difficult.
                I would agree it's not so difficult. It's similar to the OP's prior questions where he focuses on one distinct aspect. I think he's having trouble with the general lighting or retouching prior to that point to ensure some definition in the original image. If these images were lacking that prior to lifting the black point, they would just look like ugly mush. That's why I think he's probably getting ahead of himself.


                • #9
                  Re: Another how did they do it post.

                  See the white halo around the highlights? That's diffusion.

                  It's easy to add some diffusion in Photoshop. There are several ways to do it.
                  One way is to copy the original layer, blur the copy, set the blending mode of the blurred layer to lighten and adjust the opacity of the blurred layer to taste.

                  It will also help not to sharpen the image, and not to use clarity. You want a slightly soft image.


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