- macro how to hint: it involves studio techniques in the field, esp a mister, syringe & powerful LED flash.
- lighting tips for less than $100 ...yeah, I need to get that shower curtain!
- also: have kuna check out this 7 ways to light a model using some new strip LED lights.
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- lighting tuts
- N.b.: left off with ‘3: selection tools’ for the beginner series on photoshop
- A step by step gimp tut for luminosity profiles
- Luminosity profiles are a more robust way to do split exposures or the exposure blending explained below as a manual technique.
- Split toning can be used for a range of artistic effects as well.
- Bonus: best 40 gimp tuts; and the bad english, good photo tut site
- Open Source workflow
Suppose you have a photo in which the shiny metal is properly exposed, but then the glass bead is too dark; or better yet, two pictures, one with the metal, the other with the bead properly exposed. What do you do?
- load the one image into gimp & make a copy, or
- load both exposures into gimp.
- Select the layer with the properly exposed bead
- click on Layer –> Mask –> add layer mask–> choose black transparent
- Go to layer dialogue, click on black box (mask) so action will be on mask, not image
- if using a copy rather than a properly exposed image, use levels or curve tools to expose it properly. N.b. this can also be done on the silver layer to bring out detail.
- flip black and white so white is the active brush
- choose a soft-edged brush and/or reduce opacity of mask
- “paint” the bead (area to be lightened) until it looks good
- will probably need to zoom out.
- flatten layers, done!
- Rub away at the black transparent mask till the bead looks good
That is, set the layer that is being spliced into the image as a whole as top layer.
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