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April 25, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 153

This week, on the eve of Shelton and company flying off to Noo Zooland,
we announce the winner of the Wacom competition,
Richard Annable explains how not only lenses see things differently, but cameras do too,
can you trust your on-camera LCD?,
Jason Paige gave us some info about the RAW linear/logarithmic question from last episode (from the book Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Bruce Frasier and Jeff Schewe),
and Greg Anderson sent us a wrap up of what he experienced at last month’s NAB trade show in Las Vegas.

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Erin King’s winning entry…

Erin King
Erin’s retouch notes:
“Hi guys, here’s my entry. All worked with the mouse!

What I did to get the result…

1 – Got rid of the purple aberration in the eyes because it offended me.

2 – Copied the image onto a new layer and performed some serious
anti-wrinkle/shadows/pore reduction skin surgery using a mixture of the
healing and patch tools and the cloning tool. I liked the laugh lines
around her eyes so didn’t play with those much at all. I called this my
surgery layer.

3 – On a new layer I selected a colour that was close to the median skin
tone and, on a very low opacity/flow, painted over the T-zone areas on
her forehead with the brush tool just to dull the shine a bit and then
merged that with my surgery layer.

I thought she looked pretty good after that. Could have left it there
but didn’t (because I am the PS junkie). I wanted to even out her skin
tone a bit more so…

4 – I selected her skin by going to Select – Select Colour and used the
plus (+) eyedropper tool on different parts of her face until just about
all of her skin was selected (ie, white).

5 – I copied this selection onto a new layer and then deleted all the
unnecessary parts like her arms, her sons (?) face, her eyes and
eyebrows, hair, etc, until just the mask of her face was on the layer.
I then duplicated this layer and hid the duplication for the time being.

6 – I then blurred the first skin layer using the Surface Blur filter,
boosting the blur settings until the skin tone was fairly even across
the face. I hit ok with that filter and then pulled the opacity down on
that blurred layer so it wasn’t so extreme.

7 – With the duplicated skin layer, I ran the High Pass filter to bring
back some of the contrast, pores and natural shadows to the face. I set
this layer to Soft Light blend mode and then I played with the opacity
until it wasn’t as extreme and the skin texture was even (to my eye).

8 – I duplicated the surgery layer and merged that with the soften and
highpass layers so it was all the same layer.

So by this stage I had three layers; the original untouched layer, my
surgery layer and my soften/highpass layer. Could have left it there
but considering the model is a mature-aged woman, and I’d virtually
wiped out all signs of life experience from her face, I decided to pull
the effect back a fair bit. Had she been much younger, I would have
called it finished at this point and moved onto the general image

9 – I pulled the opacity of the soften/highpass layer down to about 70%
and disabled the surgery layer altogether.

As a result, the wrinkles and shadows have been significantly softened
but not erased completely, the skin texture still exists and she looks
like the lovely mature woman that she is without looking “aged” and
haggard (by comparision with the original photo).

The last few effects I added was boosting overall colour and lightness,
sharpness and definition and adding the dreaded vignette.

Not sure if you needed all that but thought I’d include it anyway.
Happy to send the PSD files if you’re curious.


and Jason Paige’s infamous effort…
Jason Paige
Jason’s retouch notes:
“I have been trying to master the art of retouching for a few years now. I have been contemplating buying one of these tablets hoping that it will help with the results.
You will see from my submission that my retouching needs as much help as I can possibly get.
The more I seem to retouch things the worse they seem to become.
However I do think this makes for a great family photo.
Jason Paige”

See these, along with the rest of the submissions here.

May 4, 2008

Shutters Inc – episode 109

We’re back!
After a chat about my trip to the States (see the last 3 or 4 posts on if you haven’t already), Shelton talks about 5 Minute Photographer,
how Richard Annable is one of the best photographic assistants he’s ever worked with,
some interesting wedding stories,
5 Minute Photographer (deja vu!),
where YOU should be after you’ve “found the light and put them in it”,
and then some other website about photography…. I think it was called 5 Minute Photographer, or something like that.

April 19, 2008

The post-NAB post

Filed under: NAB,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 15:43

Well, what can I say about NAB?
What a head trip!!
For those who have never been, allow me to try and describe the scene.
Imagine a hall that is approximately 300 meters long by about 100 meters wide.
That would be the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
The Central Hall would be the same size again.
And wait for it… the South Hall would be the same size as well, except it is 2 stories high!!
So, if my math doesn’t fail me… that’s about 30,000 square meters multiplied by 4 halls, plus probably another 7500 square meters of outdoor exhibits, which would equal something around 127,500 square meters.
I don’t know what that is in acres or hectares, but my feet tell me that it’s a lot!
After 4 days, no matter how much fun you’re having… you’re over it.
It was an absolute blast given that I had never been before, but I can imagine how those people who have been going every year for 30 years might get a bit jaded by it all.
As for stuff to look at?
If it is in ANY WAY connected with the electronic media, it was there.
From USB jump drives right through to Bell Helicopter (see the pics).
From suppliers of mic cable to suppliers of satellite dishes.
Like I said at the outset… a total head trip.
I had a great time hanging out at the Lynda booth talking with people who came to have a look.
I also got to meet up with Andrew ‘Daryl’ Gungadoo (a long time BTP and SL listener). He’s posted a pic of the 2 of us on his Facebook page for those of you who are on FB and would like to check it out.
I finally got a chance to take the camera out in the last couple of days in Las Vegas, too.
Details on that in the next post.
But first, some pics from NAB 2008…

The entrance to the North Hall. This was the hall I enjoyed the most.... no surprises there! SSL, makers of some of the finest mixing consoles in the world. The NAB book shop, in between the North and Central halls. You want cars? We got cars!
Yep! That's a video camera mounted on a Segway! Hey, we even have helicopters! ...and satellite dishes! Adobe's lounge area, where you could check out the Adobe Media Player.
You should never believe ANYTHING you see on TV.... not even the existence of the set! The booth.

April 15, 2008

Where’s Wally now?

Filed under:,NAB,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 13:38

I know… I said I would blog regularly so you’d know what I was up to.
Last week was not the smooth week I anticipated, so let me backtrack a little.
Got into LA on the Sunday. That was ok.
On the Monday morning, I met up with one of my Sine Language listeners on the Amtrak at Fullerton Station in southern LA.
We commuted to his place of work, which is one of the MAJOR film studios, where he is VP of Post Production Services. He has asked me to not to name the studio, as they are very protective of their image/brand, so I shall respect that request. And I can’t name HIM, ’cause he’s an industry heavyweight and is well known in those circles.
Anyway, he gave me a guided tour of the studio’s Post facilities, which was just mind blowing for a guy like me who just loves anything to do with audio technology and hardware.
For those who are like me, how does a fully automated mixing console with 192 physical faders which can handle 580 inputs grab ya??
It was awesome.
Or how about a server room (where they store their sound effects) which can store over a PETABYTE of data?
Yep, a petabyte.
That’s 1024 Terabytes, kiddies.
Anyway, I saw so much cool stuff there that I’d love to be able to say more about, but….
Then, that evening, I saw Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
What can you say? They STILL rock, even though most of them are rapidly approaching 60.
2 and a half hours, with only a ONE MINUTE break between the main set and the encores!!
There are some bands half their age who should take a note.
So, after the gig, I hit the road for Ventura and got in there around 1:30am Tuesday morning.
Rolled in to the Lynda studios around 9:30 only to find a few issues which prevented us from recording anything on that day.
In all honesty, even if we hadn’t had those issues, I’m not sure how effective I’d have been anyway, after the previous couple of days!
So, Wednesday, I got recording in earnest. Finished the title on Saturday around lunchtime. Can’t tell you what it is just yet.
Then, that afternoon, Max (my producer at lynda) and I went and checked out a recording studio in Ventura where we’re going to be shooting some live action stuff next week.
Then, yesterday (Sunday), I drove from Ventura out to Las Vegas… about 6 hours of desert. Not as visually spectacular as I had hoped.
I’ve been here 9 days and haven’t pulled my 7D out of the camera bag yet! Shelton would not be impressed.
Today was day one of NAB.
Woah! What a headtrip!
There’s so much great stuff to see, but there’s all these really gorgeous promotional girls everywhere. It’s very distracting! No, really, it is. 🙂
Anyway, so now you’re up to date.
I’m off to grab some dinner.