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Old February 20th, 2008, 12:45 PM
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portrait background

i've taken some portrait shots which i like but i don't like the background cause they were taken in my bedroon.on the other hand i wouldn't like to blacken or whiten it cause it wouldn't look physical.any ideas??
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well, what dont you like about the pics? post an example and say what it is you dont like and it would be easier to help
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There are ways to deal with this, not only post editing, but before you ever take the shot. It is critical that you consider the background every time you take a picture. Since you've already taken the shots, you can isolate your subject and use masks to either darken the background to some degree so that it's minimized, or you could use a gaussian blur technique to simulate shallow depth of field. Other options are to completely replace the background with something more pleasing.

Of course, had you done this before hand...well, you know
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Old February 21st, 2008, 08:05 AM
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this is na example.the first thing i did was blur the background.i also tried some masks ti darken it but it loog unnatural.next time i'll try to direct it a little!though i seem to get used to it and it doesn't look so bad to me
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 05:42 PM
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Well for future shots and for a few dollars you can buy a background support and a muslin backdrop or two and be well on the way to producing portraits that you will like.

Or you could simply shoot with a nice fast aperture through a longish lens to produce a shallow DOF which would remove the distracting background elements by blurring them beyond recognition.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 02:12 PM
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Well for future shots and for a few dollars you can buy a background support and a muslin backdrop or two and be well on the way to producing portraits that you will like.

Or you could simply shoot with a nice fast aperture through a longish lens to produce a shallow DOF which would remove the distracting background elements by blurring them beyond recognition.

thanks photoshow.i don't think i'm going to buy anything like this though soon.maybe never to be honest.what i asked was if anyone had an idea waht to do woth pic i've taklen and simply don't like the background.the first thing i did was blur it and darken it.any good advice?
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Old February 24th, 2008, 04:20 PM
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What I do when I really hate a bg is get rid of it. I lasso my subject using the polygonal lasso tool, copy/paste the new one on top of the old one. If you turn off the bottom layer you will see your subject sitting in a trasparent bg. I never do damage to the original by cutting out the subject.

Choose an appropriate bg and remember size is everything here. If you have a high res image and a low res bg you need to blow up to match the original, it just won't work.

After the new bg is in place, you need to fix the raw edges on the original subject. What I normally do is use the blur tool at about 50% or lower and carefully run around the edges. Sometimes you need to clone around the edges to fix things up a bit. Don't forget to adjust the color and tones to match the bg if necessary.

There are other ways to accomplish the same task but this is normally what I do. If you know how to mask you can do that instead.

It's a lot of work but works if the image is very important to you.

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Old February 24th, 2008, 05:19 PM
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What I do when I really hate a bg is get rid of it. I lasso my subject using the polygonal lasso tool, copy/paste the new one on top of the old one. If you turn off the bottom layer you will see your subject sitting in a trasparent bg. I never do damage to the original by cutting out the subject.

Choose an appropriate bg and remember size is everything here. If you have a high res image and a low res bg you need to blow up to match the original, it just won't work.

After the new bg is in place, you need to fix the raw edges on the original subject. What I normally do is use the blur tool at about 50% or lower and carefully run around the edges. Sometimes you need to clone around the edges to fix things up a bit. Don't forget to adjust the color and tones to match the bg if necessary.

There are other ways to accomplish the same task but this is normally what I do. If you know how to mask you can do that instead.

It's a lot of work but works if the image is very important to you.

Good luck!

thanks a lot crystalpics.i'll try it and see if it works.i know how to mask enough so that it doesn't look ugly..we'll see the results!thanks again
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