Alan_Kolnik (564) 2010-02-21 05:12:52This is a potentially good picture that is spoiled by the dull sky and the lack of sparkle in the field of flowers. If you have Photoshop, here is how I tried to improve it:
Used the magic wand tool to select the sky, and then made a new layer. Then used the "Auto levels" tool on the original to get it more snappy.
Using the new sky layer, used the created a new "Color balance" layer, and adjusted the blue slider till the grey became blue. The added a "Brightness/contrast layer" to brighten the sky up to make it less dark.
Alan_Kolnik (564) 2010-02-13 11:05:24Converted to greyscale in Photoshop, then added a little contrast and used the dodge tool to lighten the beach area near the figure. Just having a little fun with a lovely image.
Alan_Kolnik (564) 2005-04-04 20:49:18This is the first time I've posted a workshop on my own picture, but would like feedback. This is the same picture, using a technique called "High Pass Sharpening" rather than USM to sharpen up the picture. I also adjusted the levels to brighten it, though that may be a mistake as it loses the dark, elegant feeling of the actual location, somewhat.
HPS is described at:
Alan_Kolnik (564) 2005-04-03 18:26:03There is far too much noise in the picture as posted, which detracts from the beautiful scene (and Tuscany IS one of the most beautiful places in the world!). Its hard to correct this properly from a posted image, as the original resolution is lost, but it can be improved significantly at the expense of having a slightly plastic feel to the fields. I ran it through USM on PS to try to preserve some of the edges, and then filtered it through Neat Image. I think that you could do a lot better with the original, since here I am limited to dealing with an image lifted of the screen at 72 dpi.
Alan_Kolnik (564) 2005-03-12 10:45:44Cliff - the picture as posted has a green cast that obscures much of the other color in the photo. Obviously, there's a limit to what I can do by lifting this off the screen, but I hope you like the workshop - I adjsuted the levels of each channel to remove the overall green tone, and now you can see the blue of the bicycle's frame, and the tones in the wooden fence.
Alan_Kolnik (564) 2005-03-12 10:09:26Pierre, I think you have a lovely image that can be made even better by adjusting the levels in PS to maximize the brightness and contrast in the scene. I simply adjusted the levels for each of the red, green, and yellow channels.
Alan_Kolnik (564) 2004-11-05 07:45:31I added some clouds to the picture froma collection of cloud pictures I maintain for this purpose. Used the magic wand to select the sky area, and cut it out. Then chose the cloud picture, set the size and resolution to match the original picture, and copied it in as a new layer. The clouds were actually pointing in the wrong direction, so flipped them horizontally to have the open sky over the bright area. Moved the clouds around till I liked their position relative to the shadows on the ground. Then ran the whole thing through NeatImage to sharpen and remove noise.
Hope you don't object to this manufactured image - I think it adds some drama to the original, which has wonderful colors and tones in the ground areas, but a very dull sky.