tutorial for soft contrast and foggy sky
I'm a photographer based in Brussels.
I'm looking for a good way to edit a work I made in South America in 2010.
And I can't find a good tutorial to explain me how to render this kind of contrast and color in my pictures (cf. images below)
what i'd like to get is this kind of foggy sky and this "soft contrast and sharpness" with a really precise wb
I've try to work with LAB and calculation on photoshop but the result is not exactly what i expected.
For information my own work was made with a Linhof Technika III coupled with a Canon 5d.
If you could give me an explanation or if you know an online tutorial that could help me it 'd be really nice.
Merci d'avance for your help.
hmmm, don't know the exact effect that you actually want to pull off. but one thing that i can suggest is for you to play around with the vlur filters in photoshop. and if you want only certain sections to be affected, then you can just mask off the areas that you don't want affected.
You could try using curves and brighten the midrange while keeping the shadows
There are a number of effects that you can incorporate to these images to get a totally breathtaking picture. It all depends upon what kind of effect you wish to pull off and what feel you want to give. Please mention that if possible so that we can help you in detail.
If I understand correctly, you want your 3rd image, the landscape, to look like the first 2 images? Your first issue is that, due to the grey, foggy skies, the first 2 have an overall desaturated grayness to them, so you'd need to desaturate your landscape greens for a start. Note also the time of day the shot was taken... it looks like early morning or late afternoon, whereas the other 2 look more towards the middle of the day. The brighter sunlight in your shot also has stronger shadows than the first 2. Forgive me if I'm telling you things you already know, but these are all issues that you'll need to consider tweaking.
As for the sky, there are a number of ways you could try. The best would be dropping in a shot of a grey, cloudy, foggy sky (shot with the same lens for correct perspective). This shot, or any artwork of a new sky, could be worked on its own layer, using a layer mask with a soft brush painting out the area along the mountain edges. Allowing the new sky to drop down and vignette over the mountain skyline will help add the sense of mist/foggy distance and soften the horizon line.