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Apr 23, 2011 11:35 |  #1921

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Mike, think you could show my how to create an image like that in 2 minutes, 4 seconds? :)

On a serious note, how did you guys learn all this stuff in Photoshop? I recently acquired CS4, and when I registered I opted for the Lynda.com 30 trial. I watched a bunch of videos, but I watched so much, that I retained very little.

Is Lynda.com a site worth subscribing? Or would you guys recommend Youtube tutorials, or a certain book, or seminar, etc.

Thanks for the inspiration.

The best book I found is called "LAYERS the complete guide to photoshop's most powerful feature" It really helps you to understand how layers and layer masks work. But, the more detailed stuff like Alpha Channels and Luminosity Masks I learned from other people and personal research.

Here is a great step by step of how to use Luminosity Masks:

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I actually use something very similar to this with my interior HDR. I can use a Luminosity Mask to select the highlights and then create a layer mask that allows the window views to come through. The great thing about Luminosity Masks used from Alpha Channels is that Alpha Channels have a natural feathering to them so you never get any hard lines, everything blends nice and smooth.

I have also used these to help blend in a shadow fill frame, for flash frame. In Photoshop you have you HDR blend, which may have some dark shadows, then I create an Alpha Channel of the HDR Blend, which will grab all the brighter areas of the image. Then, I go to the flash fill layer, create a layer mask using the selected area from the Alpha Channel, then I invert the layer mask. What that does is basically allows all the areas in the flash fill frame that are dark on the HDR blend frame to come through and lift the shadows. Then, I use the Opacity and the brush tool to get the results I want. This technique is one I figured out just playing around with it. The only downside to it is if you have dark colors outside the windows, like trees. It can make for a more challenging blend.


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Apr 23, 2011 21:31 |  #1922

mikekelley wrote in post #12267470 (external link)
ptlens or lensfix CL both have presets - not sure about cs5, but ptlens and lensfixCL have plugins for aperture and lightroom and one keystroke fixes the distortion for a shot. much easier than going to the PS route.

cool thanks mike.
- i know you said that the 16-35 would be over kill @ what focal length would be the sweet spot for interior shots for a full frame body?


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Apr 23, 2011 21:35 |  #1923

24mm is ideal but 17mm is necessary for tight spaces, plus we never know what we're going to get in terms of situations.


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Apr 23, 2011 22:45 |  #1924

mikekelley wrote in post #12280636 (external link)
24mm is ideal but 17mm is necessary for tight spaces, plus we never know what we're going to get in terms of situations.

This is why I really like the 17-40, great for tight spots and able to zoom in when needed. But, you have to stop it down in larger rooms or you will get soft corners. After about f/8 it seems to be sharp all the way across.


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Apr 25, 2011 15:02 as a reply to  @ TGrundvig's post |  #1925

Ok Mike or anyone else here. You guys are all doing great work and I need a little advice. One of my clients wanted me to shoot this interior for them earlier today. I shot two exposures, one for the room and one for the window/drapes/ ceiling and table light, and blended the two together. My question is the art director wanted the room to still look warm. Is this to to warm in your opinion. Normally I would not shoot this but well you know. Thanks in advance...

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Apr 25, 2011 15:16 |  #1926

Nice shot. Color temperature looks naturally warm to my eye.


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Apr 25, 2011 15:28 |  #1927

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Nice shot. Color temperature looks naturally warm to my eye.

Thanks Mike I wasn't 100% sure. There seems to be a bit of blue in the shadows under the sofa and chairs, I need to clean that up but thanks Mike for looking and the advice.




  
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Apr 25, 2011 16:06 as a reply to  @ airfrogusmc's post |  #1928

Cleaned up the blue under the sofa table and chairs and in the reflections on the clock and cabinet. Better?

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Apr 25, 2011 16:15 |  #1929

Went out to play with my intervalometer the other night. f/16, 40 second exposure.


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Apr 25, 2011 16:44 |  #1930

That looks great Allen.

And thanks to those that are posting tips, it's greatly appreciated.


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Apr 25, 2011 17:03 as a reply to  @ TGrundvig's post |  #1931

Anyone see this? Doesn't look like a $4 million home to me with such pictures. http://realestate.yaho​o.com …-cabin-for-4-million.html (external link)


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Apr 25, 2011 17:22 |  #1932

Thats just sad!


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Apr 25, 2011 17:44 |  #1933

^^^ That looks good Allen!


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Apr 25, 2011 18:04 |  #1934

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^^^ That looks good Allen!

Thanks, not what I do a lot of and definitely outside my comfort zone. I usually tell clients to call someone that is more suited for this kind of thing. :D

Heres the original before blending the shot exposed for the drapes and lights.

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Apr 25, 2011 18:19 |  #1935

Allen, personally, I'd prefer the curtain to be brighter and I think that is what's making it seem too warm and a tad darker than it really is.


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