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Old Feb 20, 2005, 5:14 PM   #1
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One of the big advantages of DSLR is that they can isolate subjects, tack sharp, against a nice bokeh blurry background. Because the CCDs in our camera are so small, you can't get this look no matter how hard you try.

Let me rephrase that... you can't get that look out of the camera. You can get exactly that look using Photoshop. Observe...

Yesterday, I was taking some test shots and candids with my FZ1v2 with the WA DCR 720. Came across this serious looking fellow sitting across from me at a Starbucks. This shot is basically unusable though. He's underexposed and the background is too distracting. Shame, if I had my 35mm SLR this would have made a nice shot. Of course, the snap of the shutter would have blown my cover... (I was literally 3 feet away from this guy...) What to do...





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Old Feb 20, 2005, 5:18 PM   #2
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To fix this we use a PS plug-in called Frishluft "Lenscare" which is a sophisticated tool for emulating dof. (Gaussian blur, I would argue looks nearly as well...) We use the magnetic lasso tool to make a selection around the old gentleman, invert it, and I just used the default plug in settings. I reinvert the selection and up the brightness, increase contrast a hair, and apply sharpening to the selection with Nik sharpener...

A little better now? Does it have that 35mm look?

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Old Feb 20, 2005, 5:19 PM   #3
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'Course if you follow my posts, I'm always partial to Black and White...

And that's how you get that 35mm film look from an itty bitty sensor. Viola.
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 5:33 PM   #4
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very cool stuff Nick
I like it

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Old Feb 20, 2005, 5:54 PM   #5
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A lovely technique, for sure, and it does produce the desired effect. I find the lasso very hard to use, however. And it did produce a little bit of a booger for you, too.
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 5:56 PM   #6
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Nick - nice..seriously nice tip. Going to dig around for that plug in.

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Old Feb 20, 2005, 5:59 PM   #7
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Tricky Nicky............nice work. Where did you find the plug-in. Once again you've shown how 2.1 megapixels can do wonders:arrow::arrow:
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 6:01 PM   #8
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I agree the dof needs to be shallower and the guy needs a little cleaning up. The cleanup works fine. The backgound blur is a bit much, IMO. It's just too digital and is very difficult to look at. Slightly nauseatting. I also prefer the color. You're right though. The light on the guys facedoes make for a nice shot.

Agree on high-hat's (welcome to the forum)nose jobobsevation.
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Old Feb 20, 2005, 6:04 PM   #9
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How's this for the FZ10 - nothing done to the pic other than a wee bit of USM? A fluke - damn right it was!

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http://www.frischluft.com/
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