Beautiful image. I am doing a project on abandoned buildings, i have seen sooo many photos of them at the moment. But this is really really good. I love the colour. Your the first to make me stop and write a comment. vicky.
Hi Vicky, Thanks for the comment. I really wanted to get more of the inside but there was a wall that would have blocked out a lot of the interior. If the weather ever gets better in the north of England I want to do some more of this.There are a lot of old barns but very tricky to photograph as the lighting inside is poor.
I didnt stop to check out the owl..he flew one way..I flew the other way It is a semi HDR shot..a bit of HDR and some work on blend modes in layers. Can tell you what I do if you are interestd. The location is near Turton Towers in Lancashire England..if you want to know the exact spot I can tell you.
| read lots of digital photo mags and everything seemed to be levels and saturation.There had to be something more.So after some time I learnt a few new ideas. So now I rarely use Levels or Hue/Saturation. I dodge and burn but DON'T use the dodge and burn tools.If you dodge and burn onto the image you are destroying the pixels and any levels or any saturation later will only empathies it.There are other ways. Before we go into this I told some other guy who's attitude was "I cant be bothered with all that on every image". Well I don't work on every image I take.I select the best from a day out or holiday and work on them. The method may sound long but I don't spend much more than ten minutes on an image..maybe 20 at the most. But people either want to boost things or they want to stick with the mundane. I shoot in RAW on a Nikon D200.I shoot in RAW as there is more you can do with a RAW image but all my work can be done on a jpeg.I use Photoshop CS3 but this can be done in almost any prog. So what makes the image better.If you look at a nice image..well that's it.There is nothing to hold the interest but some nice shadows and high lights makes the viewer look around the image.Look at master paintings and see the amazing shadows and light. So this is what I do. Open the image and duplicate the background layer..there are some things you cant do to a background layer plus I may need it later. Then I decide to do some dodging and burning.This is the method. Create a new layer and set the blend mode to OVERLAY.You are now working on a separate layer which you can switch on and off or delete and you haven't wrecked the image. Set the foreground colour to black and the background colour to white and whilst working switch between them.Get a soft edge brush and set the opacity to about 10.This is really going to depend on how strong you want the effect.Sometimes I go as low as maybe 3 or 4 on the opacity but rarely go above 15. Black will BURN - white will DODGE.Then start playing and try some dodging and burning.On blue skies black will darken the blue and if you have clouds white will brighten them up.Its a question of practice but easy to get the hang of. If you have some grass in the image set the foreground colour to a yellowy/gold colour and try that..keep the opacity down and just work away.Play with different colors on hills or mountains. Also using the "Overlay" mode the layer is working on image data not pixels so it is less memory intensive and keeps file sizes down. Another trick is to copy the image layer and set the blend mode to Colour Burn...it will look awful but lower the opacity to about 5 of whatever you want and it just boost the colours a bit.Try the same idea using the Soft Light mode. If you use those modes and it ruins say the sky get the eraser tool with a soft edge brush and erase the sky or what ever and the underneath layer will show through. When its getting to look good try a new CURVES adjustment layer and just tweak it a bit..always use an adjustment layer as you can turn always turn it on..turn it off or delete it.
Now here's another trick.I use a programme called "Topaz Adjust" What it does is apply an HDR effect to a jpeg..cuts out doing several exposures and tone mapping etc.It really boosts highlights and shadows..very clever. I don't like what it does to sky's or water like sea or rivers etc.Some guys go over board with it and I think it makes the image unreal.Just my personal preference I guess. So I duplicate the image layer and apply the filter..you can make a lot of tweaks with it. When the prog opens there are some presets to try..I usually use one called photo.pop Then if it is too much I fade it to my liking. Then I get a soft edge brush and erase the sky so the underneath layer shows thru. That's basically it.I only use topaz in a subtle way.Some guys go over board with I think. You can get a 30 day trial version of it.I checked it out and they reckon you can use it with paint shop. Check out this link
[link] here are samples and tutorials on that site as well and it is a lot cheaper than most HDR programmes. I dont use it on every image..just those I think it needs...really boosts highlight and shadow colours and brings out a hell of a lot of detail on walls and buildings. There are also a lot of samples on a site called Flickr.
When I did the dusk image I copied the background layer and applied the Topaz filter.Didn't like the sky so erased it with a soft edge brush letting the underneath layer showed thorough. Then I just played with it using the methods above.
Hi Eddie, sorry about the late reply. I've been as busy as a one legged man at a bum kicking contest, as they say. This is the first chance I've had to look at DA this week and even then it's going to be fleeting.
I'm a relative newcomer to the digi phootgraphy scene and my post processing knowledge leaves a lot to be desired if you know what I mean. However, I'm keen to learn. Thanks for taking the time to post all of the above; you certainly know your stuff! This is gonna be really useful to me, I have a lot of pics to process from my mini-hol last week and that's as good a place to start practising as any.
Hi Steve, Thanks for the reply. Like verything in Photoshop not everything works on every image but you will find the methods really bring an image to like. Another idea. I always hated Gaussian Blur..always looked sort of out of focus but found a better way with it. If you want to blur and image to give a soft focus effect dulicate the image layer and apply thr Gaussian Blur set to avout 10...looks awful but then go to the opacity slider in the layers box and reduce the opacity way down until you like the effect. If you dont like it you can delete the layer so you havent wrecked the image. Also always save your work as a .psd file then if you go back to it at a later time all the layers will still be there. Enjoy your new found talent Eddie