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Post Processing / Photoshop eye retouching
« on: August 15, 2014, 03:14:44 PM »
Hey guys,
Anyone knows a good technique for eye retouching in PS? My technique based on high-pass/hue saturation looks too artificial. I have an event to shoot next week where I most probably will have a lot of shoulder up or closer portrait shots. There are so many techniques in YouTube and don't know anymore what to use.

Post Processing / The so called "Blockbuster color grading"
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:16:30 PM »
I do video fusion and color grading with blockbuster look is popular in video. See below my simple workflow to achieve the effect in PS.
If anyone has other way I would gladly learn another technique.

1 - I start with my standard post in ACR/Lightroom and bring the photo to PS.
2 - I do all standard facial retouching.
3 - From the adjustment layer tools, I use color balance with these parameters
     Highlights : 0, -6, -13
     Midtone : 0, 0, 0
     Shadow: -18, -3, +3
The idea is to increase the orange in the highlights and the teal in the shadow.

Often, the subject has a dominant color (clothing, hair, eyes. etc) then I use the oposite of that color in the midtones. Example, during Otakuthon (cosplay) girls color their hairs.
To find the oposite color, create a blank layer, edit+fill, background color, and with the cursor choose the color the oposite you want to find, then press ctrl+i. I don't have a way to find the RGB value for that color so I try to guess it by tweaking the sliders. If it is too complicated to find it then I use a different technique, which is by keeping the layers I just filled in, change the blending mode to color, create a mask, fill with black and with a soft white brush, 3%, I paint it on the portion I want to fill with it.

The value above is for starter. I usually tweak them a bit depending on the photos. I created an Action for it and I always start from there. The final result is up to your taste.
You can add as well HSL to boost the color you want to accentuate.

To show an example see attachement below.
Please do not use the photo outside of CR. This is my friend Hery trying to kick my camera.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX burst - help needed
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:02:07 PM »
Hi all,
I am wonderring if anyone may have a theory, or have encoutered my little issue.
I am using a 1DX, YN-622c and Einstein 640.
Issue is with burst mode. >:(
When using lenses with widest aperture less than 2.0 (I tested it with 1.2, 1.4 and 2.0) the max burst I have is around 4 fps at any aperture. Einstein at any power level, but I tested it mainly at 1/16th to be able to shoot more than 4 times.
I can reach the standard 11 fps if the widest aperture is bigger or equal to 2.8 (tested it with 2.8 and 4.0)
The focal length seems not to affect it.
All work perfectly when I put a 3-stop ND filter.

I am wonderring if it is related to the 1DX , the Yongnuo or the Einstein.
Any theory is much appreciated.


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