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Making dull photo to Dramatic one!!

Published by makka under on 3:53 PM

Hi CTCians.

We are starting a tips/tricks tutorials from this week,

Here Goes My first tutorial:Making dull photo to Dramatic one.( a must need for trek photos,group photos)

I Believe you all ware of ACR(adobe camera RAW)

The Original photo:

Output Image:


1.Load the JPEG/RAW photo into ACR.
2.Increase exposure a little bit (if needed increase the recovery also)
3.Add fill light to increase overall light in photo
4.Here come the fun: Add/Increase Blacks to make the shot as u like.(Important step)
5.Add a bit clarity
6.Add vibrancy upto MAx 40%
7.Don't play with saturation ,It will spoil the naturallity of the photo.
8.Review the final o/p in preview .and open it in PS. Do a smart crop ,add a frame for adding depth to the photo

You are done.Compare the o/p with original ..U will appreciate yourself..I am not kidding ;-))

Note:Thanks karthick makka for the original photo.form Bodi0munnar trek.

As this our first post in this series ,I appreciate  give your comments and feedback

May suggest next technique /tutorial also 
bhagath makka
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Orinally posted in DPS:http://digital-photography-school.com/forum/showthread.php?t=63130


KR said... @ June 12, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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Christelle said... @ June 12, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Have you thought of how to get the effect, in camera?

At times, reducing the shutter speed (making the pic darker) makes it a lot better than the bright (overblown pics).

Any other suggestions?

SaravanaKumar said... @ June 12, 2009 at 4:47 PM

The First photo shows the cloudiness but the second doesn't?

KR said... @ June 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM

This is a good tip for anyone who wants to get the maximum out of their photo.
I am sure this is a very simple way of improving the output.

However, it will also be good and helpful if we know how to use the tools like Photoshop. I too use some tools to enhance photos a bit, but they are very very basic and nothing like PS.

Similarly playing around with White Balance and other features in camera can also achieve this result to an extent. My opinion is that we should be exploring that first.


Anand said... @ June 13, 2009 at 11:42 AM

a great initiative.


தம்பி... said... @ June 15, 2009 at 12:24 AM
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pratikg said... @ June 15, 2009 at 11:48 PM

Hi...nice initiative for newbies of ACR and PS.

Though I disagree with point #7:

7.Don't play with saturation ,It will spoil the naturallity of the photo.

That does not happen always and I strongly feel that saturation may be adjusted to a fair amount to get a good final image.

- Pratik http://www.flickr.com/photos/randomsurfer

Ashok said... @ June 16, 2009 at 7:22 AM

Good One. Can share some of the capturing techniques.

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