Creating Dramatic Skies?

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  1. Goldeeno

    Goldeeno TPF Noob!

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    Ive had a bit of a play but would like to get the sky a bit more dramatic on this photo, in B+W its a little better but i wanted a bit more contrast but im not sure on how to do it. Help Please :)

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  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I would mask off the sky and adjust the levels, then convert to B&W.
    I did a quick job of the mask but you get the idea.

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    I tried a gradient, and then a cool filter...then history brush to bring the rest back.

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    why not adjust the leves with the biker masked out, but leave it in color? like this...

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    nice edits! Okay I think I am convinced that I need to take a course on photoshop!
     
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    Lol i agree, i can use ps, to stich photos, boarder and watermark photos and crop, other than that.... im lost. Anyone know of a tutorial on how to "mask"? I see its used alot i dont know how it works tho.
    Oh cheers for the edits, there much better im gonna try them in B+W, see if they are any better...
     
  7. Goldeeno

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    You inspired me, it took a while but ive had a good go... better?
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    A better exposure and fill flash are all that's needed here.
     
  9. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    a strong fill flash could do wonders here, I agree.
     
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    Goldeeno TPF Noob!

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    By "Fill Flash" you mean a well positioned flash on a tripod, with remote triggering?
     
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    I did the masking quick and dirty; you could do a better job and eliminate the halos. Basically what I did:

    1. duplicate layer
    2. channel mixer BW 100% red channel on new layer
    3. duplicate BW layer
    4. adjust contrast/exposure of one BW layer for cyclist, the other for sky
    5. use layer masking to combine BW layers; flatten BW layers
    6. change blending mode of BW layer to luminosity; flatten
    7. low percentage/high radius USM to tweak local contrast

    EDIT: whoops, later I realized that I didn't duplicate the BW layer in step 3. I made a new BW layer from the color version using channel mixer 40r/50g/10b, and manipulated that layer for the cyclist. I tweaked the 100% red channel layer for the sky.
     

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