Archives for March 2015

March 2, 2015 - No Comments!

Behind the PSD! – The Crashing Wave

crashing wave

Here is a recent edit of mine of a crashing wave against the rocks near Coolangatta, Queensland Australia. The aim of this edit was to try and retain as much highlight detail as possible on the edge of the wave.

IMAGE SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Camera - 5dmk2 with a Canon F2.8 70-200mm IS Lens
Exposure - F9 1/160th of a second 200ISO

WORKFLOW:

• I processed the original raw file in Aperture and reduced the highlight exposure by -1.5 stops. It was then opened up in Photoshop and processed using a process action.
• The sharpening layer was removed from the layer setup; the highlight curve was  set to +10%; the shadows were set +25% and the midtones were increased by +15%. The normal clean and boost layers were to their default values.
• I used my apply image method to darken the respective highlight information, it was then selectively masked and and limited to the highlights using Blend If.
• I then performed a stamp visible layer ((Command/Ctrl + Option/Alt + Shift + E) and I applied a level of midtone contrast of Clarity +100. This was then targeted to only the highlights.
• A merged layer apply image set to multiply was then used to create a natural vignette and give more contrast separation to the edge of the wave.
• Sharpening targeted to highlights only using blend-if. For this particular image I used the 'sharpening details' function from within Facebook Powertools Photoshop extension. *Please not this is only available for users of Photoshop CC and higher
• An Appropriate level of noise was added to the image.

 crashing wave before and after
Before / After

March 1, 2015 - No Comments!

Behind the PSD! – Grade for HAN

Grade for Han

Here is a recent grade of my recent fashion shoot with HAN. The aim of this grade (edit) of this image was to seperate the difference of contrast between the model and the background.

IMAGE SPECIFIC INFORMATION:

Camera - 5dmk2 with a Canon F2.8 16-35mm Lens
Exposure - F6.3 @ 1/125 second 100ISO

WORKFLOW:

• The image was initially processed using Aperture. It was then opened in photoshop and processed using a workflow action designed specifically for this job.
• A blank layer was used to clean up both the tape on the floor (as a marker for the model to stand on) as well as the electrical piping that ran across the wall. A simple method of stamping the layer and selecting a good piece of wall or floor detail, moving it into place over the area and then selectively masked to hide the issue.
My grunge action was used to create a soft monochromatic grade across the image, the layer was set to softlight blending mode and 50% opacity layer opacity.
• I used a channel mixer adjustment layer set to 50% R, 50% G on the Red Channel and 50% G, 50% B on the blue channel to desaturate the image. It was the targeted to the shadows using Blend If
• A levels adjustment was set to 60% opacity with 32, 224 set respectively for the output levels. This adjustment layer created a light haze over the image.
• A solid colour #4b4b4b was set to 30% opacity and set to Lighten Blending mode. Both of these two layers were grouped together and masked so that it only affected the background.
• A 15% Highlight adjustment curve was added to give the highlights some added contrast.
• The layer stack was then stamp merged visible using the shortcut (Command/Ctrl + Option/Alt + Shift + E) and I applied a level of midtone contrast of Clarity +60. This was then targeted to only the highlights. The layer was then set to 50% opacity.
• Finally a blank layer was used to clean up the imperfections on the model face.
• All of the layers were then grouped inside a folder and then masked at 50% density. The model therefore is only being affected at 50% and the background is being completely adjusted.

han layer stack 2han layer stack

han-before-after

Before / After

March 1, 2015 - No Comments!

Behind the PSD! – A Portrait of Keith

keith

Here is a recent edit of my portrait of Keith during the SP Lager Campaign over in PNG. I edited this image using my photoshop abilities to create a natural portrait given the extreme dynamic range of the original image.

IMAGE SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Camera - 5dmk2 with a Canon F2.8 24-70 Lens
Exposure - F4 @ 1/500second 200ISO

WORKFLOW:

• Create an appropriate balance of tonal ranges, fix the blown highlight detail and open up the shadow information.
• Used my apply image method to open or dodge Keith's face. I was able to subtly mask this onto his face and open up the shadow information. The next stage was use another apply image method to multiply the highlights and re-introduce the original sky and colour to the blown highlight detail.
• I repeated the dodge apply image method twice to create a soft transition still on Keith's face.
• Another multiply apply image layer was used to purely limit and reduce all of the highlight detail. The layer was limited to the highlights only by Blend If.
• The layer stack was then stamp merged visible using the shortcut (Command/Ctrl + Option/Alt + Shift + E) and I applied a level of midtone contrast of Clarity +100. This was then targeted to only the highlights.
• Finally an auto levels adjustment was used to bring up the exposure of the image, it was sharpened using the Facebook Powertools and appropriate noise was added to the image.

keith before and after
Before / After