Sunset Glow

Lorri Shank 9/25/2005 10:15:57 AM

Paul, this is such a beautiful portrait! I love the golden glow! Congrats on making finalist! #316228

Jeff Dadey 9/25/2005 11:50:15 AM

Great shot!! Congrats!!! How did you take her out of the original backdrop? Every time I try, I can't get the hair right. Please let me know the proceedure you use to replace the background without losing the details. Thank You Very Much,
Jeff #1882232

Paul A. Schneider 9/25/2005 1:30:24 PM

Thanks, Well ... As far as adding in the new backdrop, it takes more time than most care to spend. I use the background eraser tool set very low (10%) and do the majority of the space around the hair that way. Then between the rest of the hairs is done by hand with the standard eraser too. A very time-consuming and tedious process. I'd say I spent 3 hours on this one image changing from the white backdrop to my sunset image. Then you have to match the lighting in both layers so it doesn't appear too altered. #1882764

Jeff Dadey 9/29/2005 11:50:22 AM

Thanks Paul ... I appreciate the advice! #1899678

Michelle R. Kovach 10/10/2005 4:21:31 AM

Congratulations on being featured in the digital darkroom's newsletter Paul! Congrats on your finalist as well!

James Osborne 10/10/2005 5:53:49 AM

Great work! I feel your pain with cutting hair from the background. I also really like the lighting of the model....

One small criticism - if you look below her left ear, between the fur collar and her hair there is a patch of (sky?) which doesn't look right... I would like to see what this looks like coloured the same as the shadowed hair, to suggest hair behind her neck.



Paul A. Schneider 10/10/2005 7:55:38 PM

Thanks for the compliments. Yeah that part never looked right but her hair was that way, and I didnt want to add in hair and manipulate the actual image at all. Thats the troubles with using the fan, you dont get hair placement pefect all the time.
Thanks again for the critique. I Love this site and hearing from other great photographers.
Paul #1938871

Isaac Garcia 10/10/2005 9:29:48 PM

Wow I like it A lot!!!!! congrats !

Isaac R. Garcia #1938994

Paul A. Schneider 10/12/2005 1:32:41 AM

Thanks for the emails and being featured in the digital darkroom's newsletter. I am not the best photo editor but for those wanting to know how I edited this image I have posted the before and after image in my gallery for you to see what I did.

Clone Brush and Healing tool are my main adjustments made as well as some color adjustements.
Thanks again,
Paul #1942974

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Foreground (model) shot in the studio with 4 Strobes, 2 with color gels. Background is a sunset shot from my archives. Background was removed from the model shot and the sunset added in behind. Makeup also was done in Photoshop to give the Maxum style look.

Uploaded on 8/13/2005 8:26:24 PM Photo Contest Finalist

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