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Kids on stage... what can I improve on?

 
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Dec 31, 2013 13:04 |  #1

Took a group shot of all the choir kids on stage. This is SOOC. What processing would you guys recommend for a shot like this or would you leave it alone and/or do only minor corrections?

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Dec 31, 2013 16:06 |  #2

It is a bit underexposed which means the blacks are blending the choir master the piano, the player and the black pants of the kids in the 1st row.
Just use curves or levels to increase/brighten mid tones and white a bit to separate these items.




  
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Dec 31, 2013 17:14 |  #3

Spike44 wrote in post #16567482 (external link)
It is a bit underexposed which means the blacks are blending the choir master the piano, the player and the black pants of the kids in the 1st row.
Just use curves or levels to increase/brighten mid tones and white a bit to separate these items.

This is why I really need to get a monitor calibrator. For me the blacks are perfect. I can see clear definition which just indicates my monitor could be jacked up to much.

or yours is too low lol.


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Dec 31, 2013 17:16 |  #4

Nope.... Blacks are too dark here as well on my calibrated display.


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Dec 31, 2013 18:13 |  #5

I adjusted the blacks on your shot to see some definition between their slacks and the piano. Still too much black to recover well in the second and third rows, but wanted you to see something close to what the rest of us are seeing.

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Dec 31, 2013 21:24 |  #6

BigSkyKen wrote in post #16567772 (external link)
I adjusted the blacks on your shot to see some definition between their slacks and the piano. Still too much black to recover well in the second and third rows, but wanted you to see something close to what the rest of us are seeing.
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EEEKK yikes... that looks like crap. too bright and over saturated.....


...damn i need a color munki :(


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Dec 31, 2013 21:33 |  #7
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Talley wrote in post #16568140 (external link)
EEEKK yikes... that looks like crap. too bright and over saturated.....


...damn i need a color munki :(

Agree. it looks horrible. Your original pic looks way much better. I would go with minor corrections.


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Dec 31, 2013 21:41 |  #8

Brain Mechanic wrote in post #16568158 (external link)
Agree. it looks horrible. Your original pic looks way much better. I would go with minor corrections.

are you on calibrated monitor? this is screwing me all up now.


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Dec 31, 2013 21:43 |  #9

Talley wrote in post #16568140 (external link)
EEEKK yikes... that looks like crap. too bright and over saturated.....


...damn i need a color munki :(

I didn't try to correct saturation or color very much, most trying to back off the blacks.


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Dec 31, 2013 21:49 |  #10
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Talley wrote in post #16568165 (external link)
are you on calibrated monitor? this is screwing me all up now.

Yes sir, calibrated. I agree that the black areas are a bit underexposed but I think playing with curves will help you. You can use the previous PP as an example of exactly not to do! A bi goes along way, you don need to cook the poor pic.


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Dec 31, 2013 21:55 |  #11

What about this try, if it's any different at all:

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Or this one with a tad less exposure:

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The first example looks very good at my end.


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Dec 31, 2013 22:23 |  #13

Brain Mechanic wrote in post #16568215 (external link)
The first example looks very good at my end.

Thank you for the input.


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Jan 01, 2014 20:52 |  #14

BigSkyKen wrote in post #16567772 (external link)
I adjusted the blacks on your shot to see some definition between their slacks and the piano. Still too much black to recover well in the second and third rows, but wanted you to see something close to what the rest of us are seeing.
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Where did this edit go?




  
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Jan 01, 2014 21:15 |  #15

Took a stab off the original

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Open in ACR
Temp +7
tint -25
Recovery 6
fill light 12
Brightness +11
contrast -25

Duplicate layer, high pass @ 4.5 set to overlay, opacity 70%

Hue Saturation layer Saturation blue - 30

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