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Aug 18, 2009 17:55 |  #1

Looking over the pictures from my most recent wedding I noticed that I had a LOT of sanctuary pictures. I thought I'd mix it up and throw in a tilt shift picture. I don't have the cash to splurge on such a lens, so I thought I'd cheat and use a technique I found somewhere here on POTN a while ago. Creating a about 5 layers with varying levels of blur (simulating depth of field), using some sophisticated masking, all the while not trying to go over board on wasted time, I came up with this effect. It think the miniature effect works to a degree here as puts emphasis on the bride/groom, parents, priest, and stage setting.

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Aug 18, 2009 18:01 |  #2

Success! That's pretty awesome..:D


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Aug 18, 2009 18:11 |  #3

i like it. great work and creativity.


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Aug 18, 2009 19:29 |  #4

lovin it!


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Aug 18, 2009 19:49 as a reply to  @ NeutronBoy's post |  #5

Nice job! It seems like a lot of people tend to love this effect, so not a bad idea.


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Aug 18, 2009 19:59 as a reply to  @ bacchanal's post |  #6

wow! nice work...do you still have that link on how to do this? thanks.


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Aug 18, 2009 20:46 |  #7

thanks guys. :)

the link/tutorial I originally referred to was here (external link)

this demonstrates a single masked layer using 1 level of blur. I used several to increase the believability. I also cut out some foreground objects to stand them out from the background which was another step.


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Aug 18, 2009 21:42 |  #8

looks great. Lightroom 2.0 has a ap for this. and you can find lensbaby tutorials around.

I also purchased a very cheap wide angle lens from Digital Concepts on ebay and it creates this same effect. It takes a few shots to get used to, and requires a bit of manual focus, but it works. (* sorry no samples on hand *)


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Aug 19, 2009 08:08 |  #9

very cool. I'll have to look that up. I've managed to find a few knockoff accessories on eBay in the past and have saved many a dollar without compromising the quality of my products.


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Aug 19, 2009 09:25 |  #10

i forgot to mention, but another key factor is eliminating the halo effect that blur filters generate. I used photoshop's "lens blur" for a more lens like bokeh. You can even look into Alien Skin's Bokeh. (A product I never thought was worth the coin given photoshop's more than competent version) After blur is applied you'll notice that your foreground objects (which you'll want to keep sharp and "in-focus") will blur into your background (which you'll want blurred) You'll need to have seperate layers for background and foreground subject matter. In your background layer, you'll have to use the clone stamp tool and find areas that you can stamp out this halo effect. Behind the priest, I was able to grab white from the wall and brick from above and stamp out the halo that surrounded his head/robe. Even the candles on the table were haloed because of the white/red:candle:drape contrast. I just grabbed texture from the red drape and stamped out the halo thus creating a more realistic depth of field. If you don't do this, your photoshop cheating will be more evident thus cheapening the effect.. I think...


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Aug 20, 2009 01:55 |  #11

IMO the mask line is kind of sharp on your posted image. Great idea for use at a wedding though. I first saw it HERE and used it to some success on certain landscape photos.




  
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Aug 20, 2009 08:27 |  #12

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The pic hasn't been delivered to the client yet. Still time for improvement. So would you say the mask line in the front below the bride/groom is a tad abrupt?


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Aug 20, 2009 10:36 |  #13

great job!


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Aug 20, 2009 14:42 |  #14

It looks like their both a little sharp in their feathering. How many pixles did you feather by?
edit: Scratch that- I was thinking of another technique using a feathered mask.

I think there's a way to widen the gradient filter to make it smoother. I haven't done it in a while. I'll play with it tonight and see how it works again.




  
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Aug 20, 2009 16:15 |  #15

I have never done this. So creative. I love the first one.


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