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How can I make this more dreamy?

 
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Jun 25, 2014 19:20 |  #16

p00kienrayray wrote in post #16994455external link
I like #1 as well. To me dreamy means soft, magical, almost fantasy-like (if that is any better description).

Arghh I don't have PS. I have Paintshop Pro X6, but rarely use it bc it's complicated compared to LR and it runs kinda slow on my desktop.

Glad you like my edit!

If you want soft and fantasy, shoot wide open to get max separation and melt the background. Perhaps wide open with your 28mm for some slight distortion.

As far as post, you can do quite a bit with LR, but you may need to consider your background. Shooting with strobe can also give you a surreal look when done correctly.


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Jun 25, 2014 19:57 |  #17

short_wave wrote in post #16994583external link
Glad you like my edit!

If you want soft and fantasy, shoot wide open to get max separation and melt the background. Perhaps wide open with your 28mm for some slight distortion.

As far as post, you can do quite a bit with LR, but you may need to consider your background. Shooting with strobe can also give you a surreal look when done correctly.

I usually shoot wide open. Forgot why I didn't for this pic. As far as strobes, I have some, but this was more of a quick unexpected snapshot than anything. I probably would have missed the moment by the time I was done setting everything up.


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Jun 25, 2014 21:01 |  #18

p00kienrayray wrote in post #16994641external link
I usually shoot wide open. Forgot why I didn't for this pic. As far as strobes, I have some, but this was more of a quick unexpected snapshot than anything. I probably would have missed the moment by the time I was done setting everything up.

I wasn't meaning this shot in particular, just for future stuff!


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Jun 25, 2014 21:17 |  #19

p00kienrayray wrote in post #16994455external link
Arghh I don't have PS. I have Paintshop Pro X6, but rarely use it bc it's complicated compared to LR and it runs kinda slow on my desktop.

Here is v.10 (which is two versions down from current) unopened for $30.00.

http://www.ebay.com ...tware&hash=item2334​838ba7external link

Seller has a 99.2 positive feedback.

I would think about it.

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Jun 25, 2014 21:52 |  #20

If you like the soft dreamy look, you might want to consider getting a soft focus filter. I bought a cheap one on ebay recently and like it for certain shots. I used one of these ($24 one) for the shot of pink spirea: http://www.ebay.com ...r-2-P840-Filter-/78779581 (external link)

I tried playing around with your image to see if I could soften it. I just selected the boy and some of the prominent bubbles and then selected the "inverse" of it. Then I selected gaussian blur and set it to 2.5. I then select inverse again and set gaussian blur to .5 for the boy and the prominent bubbles. I then deselected and just selected "blur" for the whole image to soften it even more. I may have reduced the contrast a little too.

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Jun 26, 2014 00:03 |  #21

short_wave wrote in post #16994718external link
I wasn't meaning this shot in particular, just for future stuff!

Lol, of course :oops:

Radtech1 wrote in post #16994736external link
Here is v.10 (which is two versions down from current) unopened for $30.00.

http://www.ebay.com ...tware&hash=item2334​838ba7external link

Seller has a 99.2 positive feedback.

I would think about it.

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I was looking at the latest version which is $60 digital download on amazon. Is there much of a difference?

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If you like the soft dreamy look, you might want to consider getting a soft focus filter. I bought a cheap one on ebay recently and like it for certain shots. I used one of these ($24 one) for the shot of pink spirea: http://www.ebay.com ...r-2-P840-Filter-/78779581external link

I tried playing around with your image to see if I could soften it. I just selected the boy and some of the prominent bubbles and then selected the "inverse" of it. Then I selected gaussian blur and set it to 2.5. I then select inverse again and set gaussian blur to .5 for the boy and the prominent bubbles. I then deselected and just selected "blur" for the whole image to soften it even more. I may have reduced the contrast a little too.

I have a 52mm Hoya diffuser filter that I loved using on my 40mm pancake for soft portraits, but that lens was sold so cant use it anymore. Gotta find a 58mm one.


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Jun 26, 2014 00:35 |  #22

p00kienrayray wrote in post #16994965external link
I was looking at the latest version which is $60 digital download on amazon. Is there much of a difference?

I would not know. I am still using v 2 and perfectly happy with it. (Came bundled with my 10D)

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Jun 26, 2014 09:41 |  #23

I have a 52mm Hoya diffuser filter that I loved using on my 40mm pancake for soft portraits, but that lens was sold so cant use it anymore. Gotta find a 58mm one.

Here's an old way to do it in the camera. Post #5:
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It would be best to use a UV filter to protect the lens.


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Jun 26, 2014 09:53 |  #24

PhotosGuy wrote in post #16990795external link
Take a shot. Then look for "the" shot.

A very good advice.




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Jun 27, 2014 22:25 |  #25

p00kienrayray wrote in post #16990235 (external link)
I like this idea, but it doesn't look right to me for some reason. Want a softer look.

If I understood correctly, you'd like to get some blur. Since I don't have photoshop to work with layers, I've tried blur in LR5. Sorry, it's very quick and very inaccurate, I just give you and idea. With photoshop it would not be so much "brushing" :)

Adjust brush- big size-sharpness- reduce the sharpness all around the picture except the area you want leave sharp.
I set the brush 100% reduction, it's obviously too much. Blur, click done.

Then you do adjust brush again, but minimize the brush to the average size of bubbles, change the number of sharpness and "wash" the blur out of areas you want.
Something like that. I also would change white balance warmer a bit. I did not touch it, but you can do a bit custom warming, imo.

I would do much better, but it's late night here, time to go to bed.

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