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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:42 pm 
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Digital Composites are commonplace nowadays. If you ever wondered how many layers takes to make one and what is involved, have a look at this video by Commercial Photographer Dave Hill.
It won't explain, or give details, nor is a tutorial for you to follow up, it is basically a behind the composite deconstruction of layers that give you an idea of how he makes them on his distinctive style. If you pay careful attention you will manage to see that actually the work involved requires an extreme eye for detail on key areas such as
- Matching light on all the different elements brought in
- Keeping the perspective constant
- "Know-how" when making the initial captures, keep your Post Processing technique in mind at all times.
- Color management & consistency if you are making a series
- plus everything else you may think ...

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wpf1s9 wrote:
^I'm pretty sure that was a joke post-processing.


No joke at all, all from my personal "pro" experience. Lighting on the person is from a sunny day, and the background was from an overcasting day. Both lightings don't match at all.


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Digital Composites are commonplace nowadays. If you ever wondered how many layers takes to make one and what is involved,
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Just one of my recent work....
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David du Chemin provides a great landscape dodge and burn tutorial here.


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Thank you Gerrardo, potato eye and metrix.

@Potatoeye - I am into portraits, I am having a tough getting the skin tones right :)

@metrix - thank you for Sharing "a lesser photographer's manifesto". Few points he made were good.


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If you're annoyed by the chromatic aberrations or purple fringing in your great photos, here's a quick and easy fix if you own Lightroom 4

1. We start of in the Develop Module and expand the Lens Corrections tab. Here you can find a set of sub sections and tools. You can tick off the auto corrections for the lens profile (double check that LR is using the right lens and sensor size), which is going to correct the distortion and some amount of optical aberrations.

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2. If you notice some purple fringing or green/magenta, or blue/yellow chromatic aberrations, you need to switch over to the next sub section called Color.

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First, we will need to zoom in on the photo, try to pick an area closer to the edge of the frame, where CA usually hides. You can set the zoom level to 1:2 or even 1:3 to better see the fringing colour on the pixel level.
In my example I have some CA on the edges of the white poles. All I need to do is tick off the Remove Chromatic Aberration option.
Here's the result.

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Easy, right?

3. Now, if your image is suffering from severe purple fringing, have no fear LR can tackle that too.

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In this example we have some nasty purple fringe on the edges of leaves on bright background. Happens all the time. No worries. Just grab the eyedropper in the same sub section and place it over the fringe in your photo.

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The eyedropper will show up as filled with the colour of the fringe (in this case: purple). Click on it and voila!

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Clean as a newborn baby (pun intended for Chris) :D

Enjoy!


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