Old 01-22-2014, 12:40 AM   #1
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Processing snow photos isn't something I've done before, so I'm hoping folk with more experience can take a look and tell me what needs improving: color, contrast, highlights, noise, etc.

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Old 01-22-2014, 12:47 AM   #2
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Well I'm not the king of processing so I'll let someone else get to ya on that.

But if you're looking to conform to RP standards, you're gonna want a train heading towards the camera. Nice shot though. Especially if that's your first try at it.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:04 AM   #3
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Processing snow photos isn't something I've done before, so I'm hoping folk with more experience can take a look and tell me what needs improving: color, contrast, highlights, noise, etc.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...28/CSX025r.jpg

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Needs more contrast, snow needs to be white, shadows brought up slightly (so the trucks aren't so dark). Saturate a little, too.
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Dark, snowy conditions like that are among the hardest to shoot in and process. Seems like no matter what settings you shoot at, everything is going to come out grey. Jim has got it right - the snow has be white and bright. The trade off there is that you are almost deffintely lose details in the snow, the sky or both. You might be able to save it a bit if you tease the shadows, but blows out are almost unavoidable. Price of doing business. I also recommended bringing down the blue saturation and slightly increasing red saturation. I've found that gives a more natural look to the snow. This holds especially true when trying to increase contrast, another useful tip Jim got right. Here are some best of my cracks at it in similar conditions;

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Old 01-22-2014, 09:53 AM   #5
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Need a faster shutter speed too so the snow doesnt look like streaks of white goo
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:11 PM   #6
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All points well taken. Thanks very much.
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Needs more contrast, snow needs to be white, shadows brought up slightly (so the trucks aren't so dark). Saturate a little, too.
This ought to be a button in Photoshop: make snowy day photo look like bright sunlight.
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