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Dealing with a snow scene

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Michigan One Fly Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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Apr 23, 2012 5:02 AM

I am trying to help my wife deal with snow scenes in her greeting cards.  I can fine tune a picture with a lot od snow in it so that it looks good on my monitors, but when she prints in on card stock it is not so good.  The snow usually has no detail at all. 

Has anyone on this forum had success with this?

Any tips would be appreciated. 

17 , Mac OS X (10.6.8), Aperture, FCP X
  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,570 points)
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    Apr 23, 2012 5:28 AM (in response to Michigan One Fly)

    Stomp the highlights hard with the Highlights & Shadows Brick, then adjust (usually brighten) the overall scene with the Levels Brick central slider (move it leftwards).  Adjust to suit.  When using the H & L tools, always fine tune using the Width and the Mid-Contrast sliders.  Definition, subtly applied with the Quick Brush, will add some sparkle.

     

    Printing snow is hard.  First, you need a precisely exposed photograph taken with a camera that has a wide luminance range and that makes this range available to the photographer.  There can't be any blown highlights.  Then you need excellent white balance.  Then you need enough dynamic range to darken the snow enough that details (textures) show in it, while not dimming the overall scene.  And then you need a good printer, well calibrated.  Be sure to soft-proof your images on-screen.

     

    Keep in mind that our perception of images is always relative: the appearance of brightness is caused by a difference in luminance, not by any absolute luminance.

     

    Message was edited by: Kirby Krieger -- added note re: soft-proofing.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
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    Apr 23, 2012 8:08 AM (in response to Kirby Krieger)
    First, you need a precisely exposed photograph taken with a camera that has a wide luminance range and that makes this range available to the photographer.  There can't be any blown highlights.  Then you need excellent white balance.  Then you need enough dynamic range to darken the snow enough that details (textures) show in it, while not dimming the overall scene.

     

    If the dynamic range of the camera is not that good it might help to use a flash to brighten the foreground a little - kids playing in the snow, etc. But that advice comes a little late if the pictures have already been taken,  

    and probably Kirby will think simply using the flash would be cheating and not very professional  ...

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