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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:44 am 
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So I'm still working on my editing skills in Photoshop. Here are two pics, first is crop only. Second has a new sky, a lot of adjustments thru CameraRAW (even though it was only a JPEG), dodging and sponge thru Photoshop. The only thing I really want is some clouds in the sky to give some contrast. Let me know what you think
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Bute Unedited by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:42 am 
Hmmm, the second image certainly has more pop!

I'm a non PS user and cant be arsed generally with PP so forgive me if this is a bit of a numpty thought

Would the sky look more natural if it was graduated a bit?

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I'm not a big one on major changes like this at all but I was using it as a project while I read my new photoshop book. The most I generally do is white balance and touch up the color a bit.

Does the second one still look natural?

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It would be nice if the sky in the second picture had more structure, because right now it looks a bit artificial.
CanĀ“t you just overlay the cropped sky from picture 1 on picture 2 and adjust the opacity a little bit?
I think the sky would be much more interesting then.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:27 am 
It looks natural when initially looked at. I can see places around the top of the tree on the left where the old sky can be seen in between the detail of the 'fronds'

This is only when I'm looking for it though. This kind of detailed transition is the toughest to sort with this though I think

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:49 pm 
Did you try anything with Canon DPP? It's on the CDs you got with the camera, nice and simple.

Given the condition of the original, in CDDP I'd apply a white balance correction, take the landscape preset, increase saturation and tweak the highlights to get the clouds to come out.

Give it a go, post the results!


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Thanks Mitch, I'll give it a shot

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very good try with practice you can get some great edits ( i personal have given a little more attention to the sky) it looks like there are some great clouds that you could have teased out
ps i would love to get o copy of the raw image and try some stuff


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I think its a great edit. Nice work! I'll second both Matthias and ianganderton comments. Perhaps both a gradient and and a blend of the original sky would make the photo from great to perfect :-).

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Hope you don't mind me messing with your photo Mike, but just a small amount of saturation adjustment and more importantly a bit of curves and this photo exhibits depth/color with a mature natural look.

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* ten seconds of pp


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I agree with mbrandste. I would suggest taking some shots of rich blue skys and some with puffy clouds and save them. Using PS, replace the sky that is a natural colour you have taken.

Shoot the sky in a horizonal way the same as you would a normal shot. I pointed my camera stright up first time and someone kindly pointed out it looked like a paste job. I did this as an exercise in PS Elements.

The link below may help.

http://www.essential-photoshop-elements ... e-sky.html


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