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May 21, 2011 20:55 |  #1

So when I show this picture to my friends, they think it was taken in a studio, but it was not! I know I should've used smaller apertures, but I don't think I'll be going there again anytime soon. So, what could I do in Lightroom to make the subjects blend more into the background? In other words how do I really convince the viewer that it was not taken inside a studio?

I tried playing around with Contrast and Clarity but it didn't help much..and I shoot RAW by the way.

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May 21, 2011 21:50 |  #2

I guess you need to warm up the white balance of the background to match the warmth of the subjects. It's the colouring that makes me think the subjects are pasted in.


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May 21, 2011 21:56 |  #3

Are you also asking about blurring the background? It is possible to vaguely mimic the effect of smaller aperture, but in a way I think it would be a shame to blur the iconic Hollywood sign.


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May 21, 2011 22:35 |  #4

looks real to me.


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May 22, 2011 00:35 |  #5

The biggest problem is the haze -- in the LA basin you don't have to be very far away from the Hollywood Hills or from the downtown skyline to get the hazy look, which, as you can see, has a whole different "tone" from the people in the foreground who are being so nicely lit by the sun without the haze:)!

To really deal with this you really would want to do some selective work on the background to cut down that hazy look -- some contrast adjustment and whatnot.

What software do you have? Photoshop Elements will have tools you can use.


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May 22, 2011 00:35 |  #6

If it was taken in a studio shame on the one who took it... But the lighting of the hills confirms that it was taken outside... I would select the kids, layer via cut, work on the bck...


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