A bit of Photoshop work on KBS' images

Greetings!  KBS asked whether I might do a bit of post-processing on two of his images (in a post from several days ago) and I have spent a bit of time fiddling with them to try to remove shadows and selectively brighten the dial area of the watch. 

The shadow removal is not a specialty of mine, and in any event I agree with Dean that it's best to deal with shadows in the light tent, not in post-processing.  I used a variety of quick selection, levels, brightness/contrast, and burn/dodge tools -- results are by no means perfect but perhaps give an idea of the power of post-processing to improve images.

On the second photo, I brightened the dial as requested and also adjusted the white balance but did not "brighten" the color palette so much that the pinkish tinge of the orginal image was totally lost. I also didn't brighten the dial too much (at least in my opinion) as it would have looked too stark -- but it would be easy to brighten it further.  I like this somewhat more romantic look a bit better than a more clinical approach I could have taken with this image.

KBS -- hope these are of interest to you...

A bit of Photoshop work on KBS' images


A bit of Photoshop work on KBS' images

Best,

GaryG
Gary, the next VC book? I'm doing it with you:-)
09/02/2012 - 11:39
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Will shoot for watches :-)
09/02/2012 - 21:49
Seriously, I'm really pleased that folks here like my hobbyist shots -- and your note put a big grin on my face! Best, Gary
This is great!
09/02/2012 - 13:14
On August the 23 GaryG put up some great shots of a skeleton wrist watch. I was dazzled by the clarity and the technical skills he was showing on those two photos. Little did I know on asking him a couple of questions about taking photos that GaryG would go into such details and spent so much time on the subject. If somebody should be interested in seeing the entire thread then you can find it here:  http://www.thehourlounge.com/index.php?module=Thread&action=viewEntire&threadid=71735 This was the task I was setting up for GaryG and here are the pictures he had to work with.  If you upload both pictures then it’s possible to see/compare the alterations that GaryG has done. I was interested in seeing what could be done with post-processing.  Here are a few facts: Both pictures were taken without a circular polarizing filter and I only used one lamp. Picture one: 1: There is a shadow underneath the moon (automatic) area. Can it be removed? 2: Can you make the dial/picture appear more brilliant? It seems a bit grey but the details seem fine as far as I can see.  Second picture: I think the picture has reminiscences to something nostalgic (maybe 1952). There are lots of things in the picture I don’t like, but somehow I feel it has a story to tell. 1: Can you remove the shade on the dial? 2: Can you make the dial brighter without doing anything to the case and strap? Thanks GaryG for taking the time to work on the pictures. I like the alterations on the first picture particularly. You have succeeded  in removing the shadow in the “Automatic area”.  And the shine is back in the dial. The details of the dial are coming out just wonderfully. It’s great to know that it is possible in the post-processing to make alterations like these. This is very informative / educating for me to know that. On the second picture you have accomplished to remove the shadow on the dial and the dial is now brighter. I see this photo as a sort of dreamy picture/ a bit in a haze / the color – shine of the gold / not detail oriented.  From your comments I can see the awareness of these things in you post-processing of the photo. Sitting here comparing the tale of the two photos it’s a bit like: On the photo you have edited we have just taken the “Chocolate” out of the fridge and we have put it on the table, ready to be served for the guests. On the second one ( mine) we have enjoyed the party for some time, the coffee and cognac have been enjoyed and the “Chocolate” is still good but it’s starting to melt! Thanks for this gift on a Sunday morning here in the north. Yours sincerely KBS PS. I would also like to say thanks to JB who also took a shot at one of these photos and sent it to me on my mail. Thanks to both of you for your generosity 
great job on capturing the dial texture on the 1st photo but on the
09/03/2012 - 17:11
2nd the dial seems more cream than white. Is it a reflection of the gold case?
If you look at the original photo
09/03/2012 - 22:43
...you will see that the dial image was quite dim and the white balance is way out of whack. I wasn't able to look at the original watch in the metal to verify the color of the dial, so left it a bit creamy to keep the contrast with the background from being too stark. I could easily brighten and color correct the dial but in that case would want to correct the background as well to be consistent. Best, Gary