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Creating a Painterly Effect in Lightroom 3


I came across this article in Photoshop User Magazine by Bryan Oneil Hughes about creating a painterly effect in Adobe Camera Raw. We all know the develop module in LR3 is essentially the same thing as Adobe Camera Raw so why not try it. Bryan suggests maxing out the noise reduction in camera raw, which is the detail section under the Develop Module in LR3.

That makes sense, as we all know more noise control reduces detail. He also says to pull down the Luminance detail  slider to get the effect and look your looking for. Additional steps suggested by Bryan are to over pop the warming in white balance and saturation. So I tried that on this image and, the first pass out of the oven, I didn’t like. Even thought I had maxed the noise control there still seemed to be too much detail.

I recall seeing another tutorial somewhere where the idea was to reduce clarity, and use that as a skin-smoothing alternative with a selective brush. So I thought why not try that here, and I liked the effect I was getting. I then used the selective brush with exposure brightness and sat control to detail the image to my liking.

So if the first pass doesn’t work then try using the clarity control and reduce it to remove detail.  You can then apply an ungodly amount of presets to take it to the next level but I was pleased with this result as it looked like a chalk drawing even though it was actually a painting on a textured wall.

Nuff Said

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Park Life

Caught some street life in China Town on a recent business trip to San Fran early in the morning one day. Processed in LR3 and Nik Silver Efx 2. Lens was a 50mm. I decided on different crop for this image as I liked the two guys to the left and right. I thought i would try more of a HD feel to get them in but reduce the noise and focus on the women.

I think this crop really helps make this a more interesting image as you get a little lost in looking at the still life in the park. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.


Nuff said

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Using my 50MM and Photoshop for a Different Perspective




Photo inspired by the work of local AZ photographer Jon Matthies. You can see Jon's work here at his website.

In this image I forced myself to shoot with my 50mm on recent trip to San Fran in an effort to try and develop my eye. I have never fallen in love with my 50mm and have used my 60mm far more but most prefere my 28-70mm zoom.



It was good challenge and experience as it did give me some different perspective. I also forced myself to try different camera angles and of course new approaches to post processing.

In this image I processed mostly in LR3, and then brought it into CS5. I applied a levels adjustment but used the lightness bar at the bottom to remove practically all light. I then used a brush at about 10% opacity and just got creative with painting back in the normal image exposure to a degree I liked.

Its a cool technique if your shooting the mundane and want to get some sizzle in your imagery. I then brought it back into LR3 and applied a blur fileter with contrast. Thats it maybe 10min tops in post.

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Arlington West

Didn’t sleep well today so I was up very early and decided to go out for an early am photo-walk in Santa Monica. I was shooting on the pier and saw this below the boardwalk. After shooting my exposures I went down to take a few more from a different vantage point when this guy came down the stars and walked right towards me.

I thought I was going to get yelled at for taking photos but he proceeds to go into this diatribe of how he is from kabul and fought the Russians and the US needs to leave etc. I honestly couldn’t tell where the guy stood politically and then when he said he was running for District Attorney I figured he may be a few trees short of an orchard.

Anyway this memorial was named Arlington West and I believe they were going to have a candle ceremony tonight on the beach. It certainly was a powerful reminder on this day to remember all who have served and sacrificed.

About Arlington West:

Sunday from sunrise to sunset, a temporary memorial appears next to the world-famous pier at Santa Monica, California. This memorial, known asArlington West, a project of Veterans For Peace, offers visitors a graceful, visually and emotionally powerful, place for reflection.

Arlington West Mission Statement

In accordance with the Veterans For Peace Statement of Purpose, the Arlington West Mission Statement is to honor the fallen and wounded to provide a place to grieve to acknowledge the human cost of war to encourage dialogue among people with varied points of view to educate the public about the needs of those returning from war.

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