Mostly White

Mostly White

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I took this photo during my last trip to Trentino, I returned to some of the places that I enjoyed better last time, Lake Carezza is one of these.¬†As I headed towards the lake, I thought I would find it frozen, but not to find so much snow over the ice that I could not even recognize where the land ended where the water started ūüôā

The place was surrounded by a magical atmosphere of silence, and sinking with snow up to almost the knee in the end I managed to take all the shots I need, since the moment of the shots I realized that they were photos in a natural black and white

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

This is probably the fastest workflow of latest years, the picture was naturally in black and white with no colors, the only things to do was fix the white balance and the exposure. I take the better exposed shot and I used  dodge and burn under brightest areas, I decreased luminosity under the foreground snow

I added contrast in the frame and I fixed lighting using luminosity masks applied to curves tool. With TTS Fast Panel I added details, the final touch was to increase the vibrant colors that add a more blue light to the image

As always I hope you will find this informations usefull. I always love to ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)

Five Exposures ( -2; -1; 0 +1; +2)

ISO: 100 at f/16

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel


The White Diamond

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I take this photo during the days I spent in Copenhagen, this is the famous black diamond structure adjacent to the royal library. As I say in my previous post  that the building takes the name of black diamond for the color of the exterior windows that are made of black granite of Zimbawe, inside this structure is completely white

Contrary to the original black name, I called this image white diamond because it represents the exactly opposite view of my previous post

This is the main entrance view from the top stairs I really liked the lighting that passed through the large window with the view of the houses of Christianshavn, the district starting from the other side of the river

 

WORKFLOW EXPLANATION

I made a blend with the shots I take, first things was to fix the lighting: using luminosity masks applied to curves I decrease the lights coming from the window and increase the darks. Always using luminosity masks applied to curves, I select midtones 4 decreased by darks 3 to fix and increase contrast avoiding darks

With dodge and burn I reduce lights around the staircase and on the top window, with orton effect I increased the glow effect of light, setting it with an opacity of 20%. I applied details and sharpen to have more details and I increased colors on the floor.

I increased contrast more than 1 time but nevertheless the look of the image was still flat, so I used the color lookup effects to launch some filters (3 in totals) reducing the opacity between 10 and 25%, this gave to the picture a more fade filtered look but also more aggressive contrasts, for more information about this method I wrote a tutorial some time ago on Camerapixo site

I hope you will find this usefull. I always love ear it from you!

 

TECNHNICAL STUFF

Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8(Shot at 14mm)

Three Exposures

ISO: 200 at f/8

Software: Photoshop CC2017

Extensions: TTS Fast Panel

 

 


How to Increase Details Selectively

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The selective application of digital Photoshop editings are now a crucial prerequisite in contemporary digital photography.¬†This applies not only to details but to all those kinds of interventions that affects our images;¬†so them¬†¬†colors, details, lights, contrasts etc…¬†To obtain a good image is therefore essential to know how to master the application of selective elements, details in this case are a factor of particular importance for the selective application. Let’s see how to¬†do it:

 

– Duplicate Layer

– Select Black and White adjustment layer

– Change the Blending mode in Hard Light

РGo to Filters>Others>High Pass  and put radius as follow

 

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Now create a layer mask and fill it with black color MAC (Cmd+I) PC(Ctrl+I).

Your layer mask will be look like this. Black mask has the effect of hide the High Pass filter applied.

 

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Now select the White Brush and set the opacity aroud 30% (you can set an higher value for a stronger effect).

By¬†painting the various elements, you are selectively showing the details in the affected areas ūüôā

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