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Old Feb 25, 2007, 9:45 AM   #1
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I really like the effect of the sunset over the soccer field in the attached photo, but I'd love ideas on how to improve the field portion of the pic without blowing the noise off the spectrum or losing the colors in the sky. All ideas appreciated.
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I see it has already been through Photoshop 7. That version doesn't have shadow/highlight, which can be of some help. There is a method with PS7 for doing a similar thing called contrast masking. You might look up a tutorial for contrast masking if you are interested.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tu..._masking.shtml
and http://www.outbackphoto.com/workshop..._06/essay.html

I did my tweaking with shadow/highlight, but I tried contrast masking and it actually did a better job for this image IMO. I was too lazy to do the other stuff again, but the end result would have probably been a little better with contrast masking – about 15% on the blur and full opacity.

The image is very noisy when you bring out the shadows. I did a couple of noise reduction steps.


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Thanks for the links. I went through one of the tutorials and applied its steps to a less spectacular sunset photo from an earlier match.
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I went through one of the tutorials and applied its steps to a less spectacular sunset photo from an earlier match.
Without having shadow/highlight in earlier versions I found contrast masking such a commonly used function I made an action with a modal pause in the blur dialog box. I still sometimes use it in conjunction with shadow/highlight.

One thing you will find contrast masking does that can be irritating is to put halos around high contrast items like a flag against a bright sky. Sometimes it looks like you took special pains to highlight something, but most of the time you wish it wouldn't do that. You can see it around the lower flag and along the skyline. The halo can be stronger, especially if you use a low blur level.



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