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  1. #1
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    Emergency PS Technical Assist Needed

    I just got (late last night) a RUSH photo assignment and wanted to get feed back on what everyone thinks might be the best way to approach the post-processing aspect.

    This is going to be for a 1/2 page ad. Photo shoot today. Final product due Monday.

    The concept. The photograph will be of a team of people, and with luck will be shot on the roof top of highrise building with downtown LA in the background. Above the people, the text of the company's name will be inserted through PS. I plan on fading a portion of the bodies and inserting the text of the add there.

    Thoughts on how to best fade the portion of the photo where the text will appear?
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    layer using transp. brush

    Quote Originally Posted by DWessel View Post
    I just got (late last night) a RUSH photo assignment and wanted to get feed back on what everyone thinks might be the best way to approach the post-processing aspect.

    This is going to be for a 1/2 page ad. Photo shoot today. Final product due Monday.

    The concept. The photograph will be of a team of people, and with luck will be shot on the roof top of highrise building with downtown LA in the background. Above the people, the text of the company's name will be inserted through PS. I plan on fading a portion of the bodies and inserting the text of the add there.

    Thoughts on how to best fade the portion of the photo where the text will appear?

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    Lightbulb Blending modes and layer masks

    Think of experimenting with the "Blending Modes" at the top of the PS CS4 Layer panel. It will take stacked layers and merge them in various ways, removing white/ black or color. With a layer mask, you can determine exactly were this blending will happen.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-26-2010 at 11:56 AM.
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    Thumbs up

    Don and Sonynut,

    Thanks for the assist. Much appreciated.

    Here are the downsized initial mock-ups. They are a bit wider than normal.

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    The photo was taken from atop the building I work in on the helicopter pad. And I'm in the shot as well, thanks to the A900's wireless remote. I also took the opportunity after the shoot to get some shots of LA from a rare perspective.
    Darin Wessel
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    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

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    I like the second on better. I made a few changes if you would like to see it I will post it.
    1. Second man on left squinting.
    2. Shadow of face on third man on the right. (Our right)

    Frank
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    Fill Flash??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    Fill Flash??
    Fill flash on first; ambient light on second. Even then, I could have really used at least a couple of light stands or wireless flashes. But alas, this was with short notice and I don't own light stands or extra wireless flashes. Not enough time to rent them either.
    Darin Wessel
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    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    I like the second on better. I made a few changes if you would like to see it I will post it.
    1. Second man on left squinting.
    2. Shadow of face on third man on the right. (Our right)

    Frank
    Frank,

    I would love to see your changes. If anything, it is helpful for photographers to see what editing choices can be made and how it impacts the overall image.

    I also learned just how difficult it can be to get a descent shot of a large group of people. There were some shots that looked really good compositionally, but one or two people's eyes were closed. Or someone moves just slightly and all of a sudden it looks like the person in front of them has a second head growing out of the side of their head. So, lots of shots are needed. Besides, add to that the fact it was actually pretty windy up there on the equivalent of about 27 floors in height.
    Darin Wessel
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    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

  9. #9
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    I went back and fixed the hair blowing in the wind.

    Frank


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    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  10. #10
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    people make the stupidist faces sometimes..lol...
    guy on right looks like he's trying to reach for something


    first pic looks better
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