View Full Version : Post processing another food item...

09-24-2006, 07:10 PM
This photo's pretty good, but it's not "popping" out to me like some of my better photos.


That's already post-processed a little with the levels, contrast, saturation boost, and some USM.

I tried working the levels a bit more and boosting the saturation further and got this.


It looks better, but now it's not looking too unnatural because of the vividness (the sauce is too neon for my tastes). Moreover, the detail in the egg and the Hollandaise is lost.

Any tips on how to make the original photo better without compromising the reality of the dish and the detail in the egg and sauce? Or am I just being too picky on my shot?

09-24-2006, 11:52 PM
How's this then? Don't thank me. Thank Kevin Kubota. Imagine how good it would have looked had I used a full-sized image. Notice the depth and dimension of the potatoes now? And, I managed to get back the detail in the sauce without making the color look fake. Overall, I think the whole shot has more "pop"...a more 3D quality to it...wadaya think?

Achieved in CS2 via the Kubota Daily Multi-Vitamin Action, Smart Sharpening Action and a minus 10 desaturation...

I work cheap. Feed me and I'll retouch 'em all! :D


09-26-2006, 07:46 PM
how much food do u need to get by? i got 6 some' thousand pics that could use the JTL magic touch ;)

09-26-2006, 09:24 PM
Ah...I may not need the cash..but I do like my food...so...

Got any white truffles and Beluga caviar? Maybe combine into a nice dish with say...some Gascony foie gras and some Pays Bigouden lagoustine? Ummm...I could edit for days with some of that to chow down on! :D :D :D

09-27-2006, 09:47 AM
Now I'm hungry :mad:

09-28-2006, 06:10 PM
Thanks for the edit on that one. I have many, many more, but if you're curious, check the links in my signature. There are 82 or so in total posted up in my gallery.

This one can't really be post-processed (or can it?) and is more of a question. How can I reduce the plasticky look that's caused by the sauce (and reduce the specular highlights)? As a reminder, these are all taken using a point and shoot.


09-28-2006, 11:03 PM
This one can't really be post-processed (or can it?) Oh yes it can! How could you doubt me like that? I'm so hurt! :D

So, what do you think, partner?


09-29-2006, 02:54 AM
Although it looks too dry now, I'm eager to ask, "How did you do it?"

The desired effect is probably between these two extremes. :)

09-29-2006, 09:28 AM
How about something like this? All I say on this series is that layers are a wonderful thing...;)


09-29-2006, 03:16 PM
Now that's on the mark! :)