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Old 16-11-2008, 17:12   #1 (permalink)
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How to take a portrait

Not quite that bad but had a friend ask me the other day if i could do one like Venture just a plain white background i have Photoshop CS3 if that helps but was just wondering about the best way to do it.

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Old 17-11-2008, 06:41   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How to take a portrait

Ahh, the Venture look! Undoubtedly whilst it's been a successful style I see that even they've had enough of it - a recent booth in a local shopping centre had examples with coloured backgrounds! They'll be paying their so-called 'togs reasonable rates next!

I'm no portraitist but think what's needed is a white infinity backdrop, meter reading off that and overexpose by 2 stops to blow it out. And don't forget to get everyone to dance around like idiots (the one bit I don't have any problem with!)
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Re: How to take a portrait

See this months Digital photo mag tells you exactly how to do just what your looking for(Decembers issue)
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http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...deo-26167.html

http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...nds-21018.html

http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...eos-20864.html

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Re: How to take a portrait

As for pp in photoshop it is very simple to get the basic venture look.
1. Basically duplicate you image
2. unlock the background layer (it changes to layer 0).
3. Convert new layer 0 for smart filters
4. Use diffuse glow filter on layer 0, settings i generally start off with are:
graininess 2
glow amount 10
clear amount 4
but you need to tweak these to see what works best for your image. you want a nice glow but want to retain the edges ...
5. change the blend mode on the duplicated layer (layer 1?) to soft light. tweak opacity and revisit diffuse glow layer if required.
6. then just do your usual levels/curves/hue & sat adjustments to suit .....

hope that helps!

this is one i did recently ...
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