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Re: filmscanners: Merging multiple scans in Photoshop to dealwith very high-contrast scenes

On 9/25/01 10:26 AM, "Anthony Atkielski" <atkielski.anthony@wanadoo.fr>

> Has anyone here done any significant work with merging multiple scans to
> overcome limitations of film in high-contrast scenes?  I'm talking about
> exposing exactly the same scene over a couple of frames with different EVs,
> then
> scanning the results, overlaying the scans in Photoshop, and carefully editing
> each layer so that the best exposure is revealed for each part of the scene.
> This is a tremendous amount of work and I've only done it on a handful of
> occasions, and it does require a static subject (unless your camera can
> bracket
> in multiple exposures very quickly) and typically a tripod mount, but some
> scenes practically require it in order to get anything useful.
> I'd be interested in hearing about the experiences or experiments of others in
> this domain.  What techniques do you use, what pitfalls have you found, and
> what
> kind of results have you obtained?
> I have one image on my site composited in this way:
> http://www.atkielski.com/Wallpapers/images/EiffelNightPaper1024x768.jpg
> I'm not thrilled with the results, but there was simply no way to get anything
> useful with one exposure, as the stupid sign on the tower was blindingly
> bright,
> and the rest of the scene was fairly dark; in one exposure, you could get the
> tower exposed right with a blinding ball of pure white in the center, or the
> ugly signed exposed perfectly but immersed in near-total darkness.
> -- Anthony

www.serenescenes.com and look for the "Levels Mask" tutorial.



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