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Don’t let your black and white images fall flat. Bring out the true beauty of your photographs by adding vibrancy and creamy tones. Zach & Jody show us how a few quick fixes in Lightroom can make your images sing:
In some cases, turning down your saturation may leave you with a nice black and white image. However, the image may fall short, leaving you with muddy tonal definition and lack of detail. Use Lightroom’s HSL Black & White module to define black and white color tones to bring back vibrancy and life to your image.
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How To Add Life to Your Black And White Images
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Ever wondered how some of the stellar fantasy art is done or wished you could convincingly add or replace something in an image? The secret is in producing photo composites, but creating a believable sense of depth often seems easier said than done. Luckily, the solutions aren’t as tricky as they may seem. For starters, check out this video by the Aaron Nace. He shows us how to add fish to an image of a girl in water:
Nace demonstrates how to use the free transform tool to quickly resize, customize, and position the fish in the image. He then uses the Field Blur filter from the blur gallery to customize exactly where and how much blur each fish will have—the more blur, the deeper it will seem. (Please note that field blur and blur gallery are only available in CS6 and CC.) Afterward, he uses saturation and blending modes to colorize the fish to match the water.
Another trick to giving the fish more depth is to add water effects above them. In this case, Nace copies, pastes, and blends the bubbles and light refractions already found in the image on top of the fish to heighten the illusion that the fish are under the surface.
Another thing Nace adds are various shadings and imperfections to make the fish seem that much more real. Whenever you’re making a composite, “It really helps out to add layers that add a level of variability to your image.” The lack of perfection helps to make things look real.
In the end, Nace shows that depth and layers will make (or break) a photo composite.
“Every little trick you can do to make things look like they’re further inside of a photo, those things will really help your composite to look believable.”
Do you know any other tricks to adding depth to elements of a composite? Let us know!
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Article from: PictureCorrect Photography Tips
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