The chin chai way
Take 1 exposure (expose for the sky), create duplicate layer in PS. The duplicate layer will be made brighter via adjustment. Then blend the 2 layers together. How to blend to achieve best result, that's outside the scope of this discussion.
The hardcore way
Take 3 (or more) exposure of the same scene. One expose for highlights, one for mid-tone, one for shadows. Then blend them together. The technique is called HDR processing. This is also outside the scope of this discussion. There's HDR software out there meant to do this.
Of coz, HDR yields the best result, IMO. And it's applicable to non-linear intersection between bright and dark region. (e.g. a scene with 2 mountains)
Last edited by Limsgp; 20th July 2010 at 11:27 PM.
i am more to the chin chai method for me i believe i rather go outside to shoot than spend hrs in front of computers had enough of it in office
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Hi sky! With reference to your earlier post, nope not only GND, there are more than 1. GND IS JUST GRAD ND, I believe the the sunrise filter you asking about is orange in color, graduated from the top to clear at the botto
. Sometimes they call it sunrise filters as well to enhance the sunrise shoot.
good morning ppl!!
hey you guys edit alot using PS for the pictures or just do minimium touch up after shooting?
YOu ahve a PM. Thanks alot
If got some irritating bugger come unexpectedly into the frame (n quite an impt part of the frame) but make up of a small part of the pic, i will clone stamp him as much as I can. --> damn sian, one small part, take up 15-20 min!
Anything else is just playing with cropping, curves, levels, contrast, brightness (minor adjustments) though I will add in some effects under filters if the pic calls for it (most of the time, dun care).
Then lastly, if its to be up on flickr, will put border and signature.
A lot or not?
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Didn't realise there's really something called a "sunrise filter".. that's something new to me.. althou coloured grad filters are not surprising..
Anyway, I rather do additional PP than to spend money on coloured filters..
A suggestion is, if you wanna get filters, do tryout and compare the different quality filters.
Inferior filter might create flare/ghosting, especially when there is a very strong light source in the frame. Multi-coated ones are recommended.
Since current topic is landscapes, I presume you're referring to landscapes?
I guess basic enhancements is inevitable. Especially those "very" nice pictures which appears more like a piece of art painting rather than a photograph that captures the "truth".
btw, for those seasoned photographers well versed in PS, they probably have many presets, actions and standard workflow. What takes a beginner 50mins to do may just involve a click of a button that complete the entire operation in 5 sec.. is that consider "minimum" touchup? just 5 sec work..