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Meercat PP help

 
pjfrad
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Jul 01, 2008 18:18 |  #1

I'm trying to process a bunch of Meercat pics I got from the zoo, they problem is it was very bright and the pics are pretty flat. When I bring the contrast up I loose the detail particularly around the eyes....:rolleyes:

Here is my attempt after spending some time playing with the curves, what do you think, how could it be improved on?

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Jul 01, 2008 19:00 |  #2

When I want to make any sort of adjustment to a part of a photo I would duplicate the layer, adjust the top layer, then erase away the top to reveal the untouched areas below.

So in this shot, you can STILL do that - just copy and paste the "Edited" version on top of the "Original", then use the eraser on the "too dark" eyes of the top layer to reveal the good ones below.

Then just flatten when done. (There are other ways to do this - involving masks, etc - but this is a very straightforward method and one that I use on virtually every shot I process).

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Jul 01, 2008 22:20 |  #3

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I opened the jpeg in ACR, recovered some, did a little this and that. Opened in CS3 and did some local (gentle) sharpening and added the outline. nice capture!

Here (external link) is a link to the "original" sized image.

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Jul 02, 2008 09:17 |  #4

Hi guys, Thanks for the replies.

Rad, I'll play with that Idea when I get home and see what I can do.

Kirk, thanks for taking a shot at it, I can't see the image you posted from work because smumug i blocked but I'll have a look when I get home.

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Jul 02, 2008 09:56 as a reply to  @ pjfrad's post |  #5

Here's my take on this.......


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What I did here was use the "Shadow/Highlight" tool in Photoshop and then afterwards, I duplicated the layer, used the "Multiply" over lay, added a quick mask then brushed the meerkat back in a little then I reduced the opacity of the multiplied layer until it looked right. The whole thing took about 3 minutes.

-If- you shot this in RAW (and shots like this are a perfect example of why you should) and if you are using Photoshop CS3, I'd go back and reprocess the RAW shot using the "Recovery" tool in Adobe RAW.

It's a cute shot....meerkat are adorable little critters and this one's worth the effort to go back and do it right :D.

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Jul 02, 2008 11:52 as a reply to  @ Walczak Photo's post |  #6

Here's my go:
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Jul 02, 2008 18:57 |  #7

Thanks for the replies guys, they all look good.

I've got a lot to learn about PP but I'm working on it. I'll take another shot at it and post it again.

Jim, thanks so much for the details on the process. I'll see what if I can follow a similar process.

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Jul 06, 2008 15:23 |  #8

here's my attempt. shadow/highlight fix, selective color for background


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Jul 06, 2008 15:39 |  #9

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