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spikey123123
Posts: 17
Dubrava, Zagreb, Croatia


I was wondering what would be the way to clean studio background in photoshop. I never seem to get it to look natural. I like the way how it looks on this photo http://notenoughhangers.tumblr.com/image/36426597419
although here it looks a bit overdone and unnatural.. id like to get a bit more realistic but uniform and clean background.
Nov 29 12 04:34 am  Link  Quote 
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DavidCoward Photography
Posts: 629
Sandy Springs, Georgia, US


Was there supposed to be a second picture link?

In the first link you posted, I'm not sure the background was altered. It looks like it was shot against a gray cyclorama.
Nov 29 12 04:49 am  Link  Quote 
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Image Magik
Posts: 1,067
New Orleans, Louisiana, US


spikey123123 wrote:
I was wondering what would be the way to clean studio background in photoshop. I never seem to get it to look natural. I like the way how it looks on this photo http://notenoughhangers.tumblr.com/image/36426597419
although here it looks a bit overdone and unnatural.. id like to get a bit more realistic but uniform and clean background.

Well for a shot like that you need to start with a good clean seamless black or dark grey the pull down the blacks and shadows some and burn the edges.

Nov 29 12 04:49 am  Link  Quote 
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spikey123123
Posts: 17
Dubrava, Zagreb, Croatia


I know i have to shoot it against gray backdrop,  but it never looks like this. It is full of shadows from models it is rarely perfectly flat so it has like a milon little denets.
Nov 29 12 10:55 am  Link  Quote 
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Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


spikey123123 wrote:
I know i have to shoot it against gray backdrop,  but it never looks like this. It is full of shadows from llamas it is rarely perfectly flat so it has like a milon little denets.

Can you post an example of the problem?

Nov 29 12 11:29 am  Link  Quote 
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spikey123123
Posts: 17
Dubrava, Zagreb, Croatia


Lighting on this photo is more directional so the efect is more pronounced.
http://postimage.org/image/lnkgk6od3/822db31c/
Nov 29 12 12:58 pm  Link  Quote 
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Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


spikey123123 wrote:
Lighting on this photo is more directional so the efect is more pronounced.
http://postimage.org/image/lnkgk6od3/822db31c/

Try surface blur on the background. Mask out the subject. The mask doesn't have to be precise, just accurate enough to protect the sharp edges, hair, etc., from the blurring.

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/5880/surfaceblur.jpg

Nov 29 12 03:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Barely StL
Posts: 831
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


What I do with a solid background is create a new layer (Control+J) in Photoshop, then lay down a Gaussian blur with a black mask, then paint the background in with a white brush.

For the first pass I use a radius of about 7 pixels and do the areas closest to the model with about 40% opacity to hide the brush strokes. You can't get too close to the model (or anything else in the photo). Otherwise, you'll pull in lighter or darker pixels from non-background areas (and blur the edges of the model).

Then I make a second pass with a radius of 72 pixels and paint the rest of the background in with 100% opacity.
Nov 29 12 03:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


Barely StL wrote:
For the first pass I use a radius of about 7 pixels and do the areas closest to the model with about 40% opacity to hide the brush strokes. You can't get too close to the model (or anything else in the photo). Otherwise, you'll pull in lighter or darker pixels from non-background areas (and blur the edges of the model). Then I make a second pass with a radius of 72 pixels and paint the rest of the background in with 100% opacity.

That is working around the deficiencies of Gaussian blur. You don't need to do all that stuff. Just use surface blur.

Nov 29 12 03:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Kev Lawson
Posts: 7,433
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


Peano wrote:
Try surface blur on the background. Mask out the subject. The mask doesn't have to be precise, just accurate enough to protect the sharp edges, hair, etc., from the blurring.

http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/5880/surfaceblur.jpg

^^^ This is the easiest way.

Nov 29 12 03:20 pm  Link  Quote 
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Santiago Belizon
Posts: 59
London, England, United Kingdom


You can:
-Blur (masking out the subject and adding some noise/grain)
-Inverted High Pass
-Cloning
-D&B
-.....


-buy a vinyl backdrop smile
Nov 29 12 03:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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