Tag Archives: Frequency Separation

How to make a dynamic business portrait?

Group portraits are always appreciated by companies. It’s the way to personalize your communication and get out sanitized visuals and formatted image banks.

Discuss with leaders or communication managers

Discover the company, its history, its activities and its objectives is the preliminary step to the shooting. This helps to understand the message that the company wants to go through the photo.

Shooting

I install my studio (lighting and background) within the company. Each person is taken individually. “Head-to-head” with the camera is not an easy exercise. I then try to create a friendly atmosphere, to build trust while discussing the work of the person, his hobbies, his passions. I like to observe how people speak, memorize gestures.

With or without accessories… Imitating movie posters…

Play with logo letters, share an event

Post-production

All the individual images are cut out, retouched and put together to form the team’s photo.

The advantages of this method of shooting

  • we avoid the cliché of the school photo
  • no one is hidden, everyone has the same importance
  • no unsightly shadow produced by the neighbor, everyone receives the same light
  • if a new collaborator joins the team, we can add it (and conversely)

Your opinion counts! Tell me if what you think of this kind of portraits. Thank you.

You can find some examples of my work on Our website

Easy Noise Reduction Tutorial in Photoshop

Have you always been scared of increasing the ISO on your camera in dim light because of the resulting noise in the images? Has this discouraged you from taking pictures in low light?

Fret not. This tutorial will take care of all your ISO noise anxieties and will let you go trigger happy during night shoots.

Noise reduction in Photoshop

  1. Open the image on which you need to reduce the noise.
  2. If you see the image panel, you’ll notice that the image will be opened as a background layer. Create a duplicate of the background layer (just in case).
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  3. Having selected the duplicate layer to go to Filter -> Noise -> Reduce Noise. A new window will open up with some sliders in it. Let’s break them down one by one.
    reduce noise window
  • Strength: This slider, affects globally. That means it will eliminate the noise pixels in the overall image.
  • Preserve details: Pixels tend to get blurred while reducing noise. The preserve details slider will bring back the texture and other small details in the image. Different combinations of strength and preserve details slider work differently for different images. You will have to experiment to see which combination gives the best quality.
  • Reduce Colour noise: This slider will reduce any floating colour pixels due to chromatic aberration.
  • Sharpen details: The blurring of noisy pixels may result in reducing the sharpness of the image. Use the sharpen details slider to restore sharpness in the image.
  1. At the end of all the sliders, you will see a checkbox that says “Remove JPEG artifacts”. This will remove any noise that may occur while saving the image as a JPEG.
  2. If you want to make noise reduction specific to the RGB colour channel, click on the advanced tab.
  3. Select the desired colour channel and make the adjustment to the strength and preserve details slider.
    channel wise noise reduction
  4. Once you are satisfied with all the changes, hit ok and the edited image will open in Photoshop.
  5. Unhide the layer on top to reveal the background layer. You will notice that noise has reduced from the original layer to the duplicate layer.
  6. Save your image and you are done with reducing the noise.
    noise reduction

Try more night shots

Now that you know the secret, try more night shots. ISO is a very good feature in digital camera if it only wasn’t for the resulting noise. Hopefully, camera manufacturers will try to come up with ways of minimizing the noise grains at high ISO but until then, this little Photoshop technique should do the trick.

What is photo retouching?

Already with 7 answers to fly in all directions, I think it’s time to set up some straightforward words! Since many answers in the answer are about “retouching“, like Photoshop – whatever you can do with IMHO is not right. I believe some words may overlap with each other, but some may actually be quite specific.photo retouch

Let’s define some terms a bit more refined, in relation to Photoshop’s glossary:

  • Extracting/masking
    Extracting an object from its background, probably by using a mask.
  • Layering/combining
    Using several (parts of) images (as layers or selections) to construct a new image. It’s a highly creative task, which often requires an amount of talent, imagination and proficiency. We’re entering an experts and artists area!
  • Editing/manipulating
    Applying changes to an image that tend to creatively conceal or reveal things normally seen or unseen. These can involve cropping, scaling, distorting, brushing, cloning, warping, liquifying, etc. But as a general rule, one might say that these actions stretch far beyond what would be perceived from looking at the original image.
  • Adjusting/filtering
    Make slight or dramatic adjustments, specifically in color, light, brightness, sharpness, etc. Again, adjustments can go further than what would or could be normally perceived from the original image. So from a certain point on, adjustments can also be considered as an intention to create an alternate image, to convey a different message.
  • Retouching
    And then we come to retouching, which can be considered as the more subtle approach to local image edits. One could say things which the photographer could realistically have done in preparation for taking the picture. E.g. removing distracting elements, applying or looking for a bit different lighting, preventing unnecessary inelegant shapes or even technical flaws. All done without conveying a totally different message or perception.

Another probing question might also help to know and judge about what people can do with software like Photoshop: to what extent can someone use a tool like Photoshop for journalistic, documentation, or even forensic purposes?

I hope this helps to distinguish the jargon a bit.

Photoshop How-To: New Tri-Range Frequency Separation Action

Whether you believe that the approach is obsolete, amazing, or simply useful, the frequency divide still persists in the photography industry and has been for many years. Here’s how I used a new method that increases control over all three main categories: High, Mids, and Chimes.
Trying to break the frequency and the true methods have been used for years, it is lightweight, controversial. If you have spent any real time through the frequency separation in your finishing, then you have probably determined what you like and do not like about the method, and you probably want to remove those limits Has developed simple tasks around the techniques that you constantly encounter. To me, the opposite was a common issue, so I discussed it so that I can make it easier for me on the contrary (especially when working in a hurry under the time limit stress). So when it is arrogant to think that I have created a super useful and fresh way to separate the frequency, I will let you become a judge

Wait, What’s Frequency Separation Again?
But before that, we normally refresh ourselves when the frequency Separation. Speaking roughly, there are two different ways to differentiate the frequency:

Modify the high and low-frequency layers directly, clean the scars on the high and smoothen the color transition on the following
To paint the skin color to smooth the infection, use empty layers between high and low-frequency layers (this method assumes that you have completed your dexterity with treatment and burnt before the frequency separates is.
I use the latter method almost exclusively, I think it gives me more control in general, and since I dodge and burn my theory as a technique to prove the skin, then the frequency is different. Is the last polish that can be used only when needed

If you have read this point, but so far the frequency is not the remote idea of separation, then for many explanations and approaches about it sneak a peek at Fstoppers.

I’m a control bizarre, so what’s next?
But what about more control? A few weeks before the amortization a couple of weeks ago, I was thinking that I can control my frequency differently “painting” more accurately and quickly. After some experimentation, I decided that a decent aspect to control would be three big categories: low, mid and high. After a few minutes, I prepared a three-row masking action for Photoshop (free download link), allowing you to control the total mask control of the painting work, which separates your frequency divided into three main categories in the photo frequency. is. For a six-minute explanation, check out the video above to see how I use it occasionally. Please keep in mind, this action is hardly a master solution of all things, so use it to see if you can get results together and ultimately decide what is best to use in your workflow (if absolutely).

This action is the perfect complement to Photoshop for my Freakscape control plug-in, but you can be reprogrammed to work with any frequency separation setup already used.

Download the Action here.