This picture is one of our favorite dune photos.
Important is to get a good contrast and clean shadows.
Note: You always should perform
all operations in 16-bit mode only. You also better use the lowest
on your camera (in this case we used ISO 200 on the Canon 1ds2 but
would today not go beyond ISO 100) as some filters can amplify noise
quite a bit.
Here is the original file from RAW Developer:
Initial version in 16 bit
100% magnification crop
The initial version needs to be improved:
- More contrast
- Shadows too dark and if opened noisy
- We could have done better in RAW Developer with curves but still
think we can do better with with our outlined workflow. This means
we don't bother to improve in the raw converter.
Open the shadows. This time we open the shadow by creating a second
conversion in Raw Developer with the following settings changed:
- Higher Exposure
- Higher noise removal. No problem as we use only the shadow part.
We layer the second conversion on top of the first one.
100% crop from second conversion
Because we found the shadows now too
bright we lower opacity to 69%
100% crop with 69% opacity
To limit the effect to the shadows only
we create a layer mask (using Tonality Tuning Kit)
Shadows brightened with less noise
100% magnification crop from above image
We then improve the local contrast with Akvis
After using Enhancer
You can easily see that Enhancer
pulled out too much noise in the shadow. No problem we just use
again a layer mask (this times the inverse of the first mask).
After Enhancer and masking
100% magnification crop
the details quite a bit and improves the graphic patterns of the
final steps we sharpen (EasyS Plus), add some curves and remove
blue shadow cast with a Hue/Sat layer).
Here is our final layer stack:
final layer stack
100% magnification crop from final image
We printed the final version 15"
wide and found the delicate shadow quite nice.
This is one of the many techniques we will teach during the 2006 Summit.
We will also work with you 1 on 1 and help you with your own images
and with how to use this technique, and many others, in your own work. Click
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Fine Art Summit. Joseph Holmes will join the Summit 2006 as a guest
instructor means you can ask this world class printing expert directly.
About the Fourth Annual Photography & Fine Art
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addition to studying color management and color spaces, we will also
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processing, image optimization, printing. We will also conduct print
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