I have been reading books and searching the internet to figure outhow the photographers are producing picutres that I have listed inthe links below. I am trying to get a special style by messing aroundin Photoshop. I have purchased and read the books , "The AdobePhotoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers" and Digital Photography..
1) I am assuming the photographers are using polarization filters.2) I am trying to figure if and how they are using photoshop toenhance their pictures via certain layers.3) I can't seem to find a website, tutorial or book that reallydescribes how to do pictures like these..
Here are some links below. Any thoughts or ideas..
The big deal, when it comes to photography, is to learn to manipulate and use the light. A lot of these photogs plan out their shoots very well. They know when to shoot so that the light is right for their subject... they know how to shoot so they capture the image they're looking for. And, in PP, they know how to edit so that their raw image files come out as close as possible to what they want and the additional edits enhance different aspects of the image by first removing those things which are not needed and enhancing what remains..
You'll eventually learn how to get to this point with your photography... it'll take time... patience... and some money as well. But, most of all, it'll take you asking questions like "how'd they do that?" often... and when you can start answering those on your own, then you're getting closer..
Ohh... and try lynda.com for some good photoshop and raw editing tutorials..
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The first two links are studio setups. Very, Very controlled lightning and lots of patience in setting up the shot..
For all I would guess that they are using Photoshop to do localized contrast and brightness adjustments, I would start trying to "dogde and burn" your photos to this effect.You don't need a polarizer for the first two..
The first shot is I believe a studio produced one, and the 2nd is using a graduated ND filter I believe..
You might go to Sing Ray and look at what their filters can do, and also check out several of the forums that talk about using these filters on the internet...
I have learned an awful lot from the CD's that come with my " Digital Photo Magazine" each month, on each CD there are tutorials on photoshop, really worth the moneyhttp://s185.photobucket.com/.../albums/x223/eirianfa2002/?mediafilter=imagesMike Rudge..
As others have mentioned, lighting is the key. Equipment and post processing also factor in..
For indoor or lowlight shooting, artificial lighting is the key - flash, strobes, umbrellas, reflectors, etc. I don't have much experience here so I'll defer to someone else..
For outdoor photography, knowing your subject is key. Ladnscapes can't be re-arranged to suit your needs, so you have to work with what you're given. In the norhtern hemisphere south facing shots can pose a problem as you are generally facing the sun which induces glare and can cause all sorts of problems. Where is the best place to shoot your subject from? Not just for lighting but composition as well? Does the shot work best in morning? Evening? Bright sun or clouds? Not only is it important to know when to take a shot, but when to pass on one. Case in point - here's a shot that faces south that simply would not work during the day - but becomes spectacular as the sun starts to set: http://www.pbase.com/indyboosler/image/85059598.
Here's a blog I wrote called Chasing Light which deals with what we went through on a recent trip to get the shots we wanted (and in some cases, still couldn't get)..
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