Manipulating pictures – Part four of DPP, reality and invention

22 Apr

As you have seen in the last post the theme is about picture manipulation and ethics around that.

There are a few exercises to show what is possible and what kind of thoughts we have about that level of intervention with the pictures.

I thought about giving a cross section of all the exercises to get a more complete view of it.

In the course material you have several levels of alteration

  • Correction: E.g. lensflare or dust on the sensor
  • Improvement or interpretation: Taking e.g. the face of a person and giving more attention to the eyes
  • Enhancement: Changing flaws in the face, e.g., missing teeth, birth marks and so on
  • Addition: For instance getting a better sky from another picture in order to get a more pleasing landscape shot., HDR
  • Alteration: Taking away things or putting them into the picture.

The first example is one where I took away some dust that was on the sensor and lens flare in the second example. Those were downloaded from the OCA key resources.  In my opinion absolut ok to make those improvements or better said corrections that come with the light or the new technologies that are vulnerable to dust.

exercise-19-dust-shadows1

exercise-19-dust-shadows

exercise-19-flare

exercise-19-flare Kopie

Down here some pictures I did some “general” editing on, in my opinion absolutely fine, in order to get the best out of the pictures as you cannot get it directly from the camera.

original

original

black and white with more spectacular sky

black and white with more spectacular sky

original

original

Same day just traditional "darkroom" editing

Same day just traditional “darkroom” editing

black and white version

black and white version, edited in SilverEfex Pro

Now improvement of a portrait, headshot, in the first three pictures just general improvements of contrast and the like. The last two pictures on the other hand have improvement of the eyes with increased brightness and saturation. I my opinion already too much manipulation as the eyes look not natural to this person.

original

original

first edition, which I had done before I even knew about the assignment

first edition, which I had done before I even knew about the assignment

Pulling a little more on the levers and getting more contrast, clarity into the face without getting "strange"

Pulling a little more on the levers and getting more contrast, clarity into the face without getting “strange”

Editing of just the eyes, lightening the sclera and iris with the standard ""improve iris" in Lightroom

Editing of just the eyes, lightening the sclera and iris with the standard “”improve iris” in Lightroom

More to my taste with darker pupil which gives a more natural look I think.

More to my taste with darker pupil which gives a more natural look I think.

Now two pictures in one where I took the sky from one and the landscape from another one.

Two-in-one, sky of the third picture and landscape of the second one. Edited in Photoshop with layers to improve the exposure of the landscape and layers with layermask to get the sky where it belongs. Not used to Photoshop-work, therefore slight problems with the border of sky to the trees.

Two-in-one, sky of the third picture and landscape of the second one. Edited in Photoshop with layers to improve the exposure of the landscape and layers with layermask to get the sky where it belongs. Not used to Photoshop-work, therefore slight problems with the border of sky to the trees.

Landscape part

Landscape part

sky-part taken from the right hand side of the picture

sky-part taken from the right hand side of the picture

More editing in Lightroom, mostly traditional darkroom work.

right from the camera

right from the camera

ND-filter from lightroom to get the sky darker while getting the landscape lighter, especially the road

ND-filter from lightroom to get the sky darker while getting the landscape lighter, especially the road

directly from the camera

directly from the camera

Focus on my father with vignette, some more saturation and increased brightness of him

Focus on my father with vignette, some more saturation and increased brightness of him

Some more editing possibilities. HDR, polarizing filter and two-in-one-picture again

HDR version of a RAW-file that I "exposed" in five different ways and set together in Luminance HDR

HDR version of a RAW-file that I “exposed” in five different ways and set together in Luminance HDR

Fake ND with help of a polarizing filter.

Fake ND with help of a polarizing filter.

Two in one again. Two versions of the same picture. One exposed for the sky and the other for the landscape. Combined in Photoshop.

Two in one again. Two versions of the same picture. One exposed for the sky and the other for the landscape. Combined in Photoshop.

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With and...

With and…

without ventilation. Mixture of the clone and healing tools in photoshop but even copying of a larger bit of wood from the right hand side and setting it over the ventilation and doing some transformation to make it fit.

without ventilation.
Mixture of the clone and healing tools in photoshop but even copying of a larger bit of wood from the right hand side and setting it over the ventilation and doing some transformation to make it fit.

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