Post-Processing Theater Hero Shot in Photoshop®
There are a couple quick tricks and considerations that you can do to fake haze. So there are certain things that are almost impossible to fake and it's not going to be the same, but it'll be kind of close. And one of those things you can do is use a black pro mist which will help, right. There's also the, to a degree, there is the dehaze which does this, but it also goes the other direction and so it kind of help lower the contrast. For the most part, that's what the haze machine does, but what I like about it is that it's helping lights appear, and so in this particular image, I want the lights to appear like spot lights, but they don't really appear as much as I'd like them to so you can sort of create it in the same way that I am about to accentuate it. Now the other thing about this shot is I've got a giant C-stand in the frame and I'm going to show you how to amp up the lights in this image as well as get rid of this C-stand when you don't have a plate that goes over top. What ha...
ppened, so this is stitched already. I figured you didn't need to see me stitch a panorama together again. It's been stitched, same method as the other one, but I wanted to show you what happens when the plate doesn't really work as well. And the reason why this one didn't work as well is even though I had the left hand side of the plate, that light is flaring at camera, and drastically changed the brightness of the left side of the frame, and when I put in the plate that didn't have that it had a tough time matching it. And so it actually made a lot more sense just to come in and do a quick fill over top of it. So I'm gonna close this down so my computer doesn't die, and I'm gonna fill this in and the way I would generally approach something like this is to use something called a content aware fill, and this happens on the background layer. You can duplicate this if you want, but I don't want any of this stuff anyway, so I'm gonna basically come over here and I'm gonna outline this, I get it relatively close. Makes sense, I hit shift delete. That brings up my fill dialogue. You can also go to edit and fill, and I make sure that my contents here has content aware selected. This also works when the panorama is missing information, it can also help fill stuff in. It's not always a one-stop shop, and what you're about to see is not going to work 100%. But I figure even it gets you like 60% of the way there, that's alright. So I hit content aware, I hit okay. (whistles) (groans) Okay there we go, alright so again not amazing, but it's a good start. Sometimes it does a really great job right out of the gate, sometimes it's really good. This is a (groans) okay. So what I'm gonna do here is I gotta fix this area here, this a little bit, I've gotta fix this whole thing. I'm gonna do this with clone stamp, make it really easy. Again, you can also do this with the healing tool, or sorry with the frequency separation. I'm just gonna do something like that a little bit. Gonna come in here ish, like it's not amazing, and I could definitely spend a whole lot more time doing this but... Let's lower the opacity maybe, kinda paint over that, alright that sounds good. Let's come over here, same thing. You can also occasionally, you can run the content aware fill on multiple things. So that can sometimes help you out a little bit. I'm doing kind of not a great job, so forgive me a little bit here. Let's follow that edge a little bit. I mean in truth, it's a little bit tricky to do this kind of a thing with just the clone stamp. What I'll regularly do is come in and beef it up with adjustment layers so it's a little bit more correct. So you can kinda see how this right here is really dark compared to the flared area, right? So what I come in here and I do is I create a curve adjustment layer and I clip it so it's only affecting the layer is underneath of it, command option G, or option click between the layers or you can right click and you can go to create clipping mask or release clipping mask. You can kinda see it creates this little arrow that goes down to it and it basically says I'm only affecting the layer underneath. I remember the day I discovered clipping masks, it changed my life. And so I basically have this. I'm gonna overly brighten it, and then I'm gonna invert the mask and only paint where I want the effect to go. Do that at a lower opacity and come in like that. And you can even do it up here where I kinda had it before. So think of it kind of like dodging and burning. So that kind of allows you to work through that stuff. So there's my full clean up before and after. I'd also wanna come through and get rid of this where the spot light missed, so again with the content aware fill. You make the selection, you come around, shift delete, hit enter, you actually get into this really quick key stroke of going shift delete enter, shift delete enter and I'll just walk around the image and fill it in and that does that, hides it pretty well. So I mean, I understand that this is not the most amazing clone stamp job in the world, I apologize. Let's brighten it up a little bit. That's probably a little bit better.