Lobby details at the Hilton, Miami Beach

Lobby details at the Hilton, Miami Beach

La Vie en Rose (18th Anniversary Roses) Floral Decay scan by Toby BraunJul 2014 

La Vie en Rose (18th Anniversary Roses) 
Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun
Jul 2014 

Storefront

Storefront

Saw this in a neighbor’s garden. Good thing I wasn carrying a knife.

Saw this in a neighbor’s garden. Good thing I wasn carrying a knife.

designstroy:

(via worldofmateo)

Tom (designstroy) frequently uses the tag #iwishihad

Whenever I see the tag, I wish I had thought of it.
Abandoned Mansion

Abandoned Mansion

Waiting for Theo

npr:


topherchris:

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We all need to disconnect sometimes. Get outside this weekend!
– Alexander


Remember your camera (just turn off its wifi).

npr:

topherchris:

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We all need to disconnect sometimes. Get outside this weekend!

– Alexander

Remember your camera (just turn off its wifi).

(via upworthy)

Tumblr Staff

A quick shoutout (is that still a thing) to the Tumblr Staff blog, the official feed from the people behind Tumblr. Lots of good tips and tricks to check out.

I have to admit I needed to look up the whole end a text post with a question mark thing earlier today.


staff.tumblr.com

An artistic activity such as photography is “literally and figuratively enlivening,” according to Ellen J. Langer, a professor of psychology at Harvard and author of “On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity.” “When people are depressed, they tend to retreat from the world. Noticing things in the camera puts you in the present moment, makes you sensitive to context and perspective, and that’s the essence of engagement. I have years of research telling us how good that is for health and well-being.”

Photography as a Balm for Mental Illness - NYTimes.com (via photographsonthebrain)

I knew I was doing all this for a reason.

(via photographsonthebrain)

Palm Pods (masking test) Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun Jul 2014 
I’ve been trying to simplify my dust removal workflow. This is a picture of the result of one such test. The black outlines are the safe area around the palm pods. The white area was the selection, which was processed using Photoshop’s native Noise > Dust & Scratches filter.
Those black dots were little specks that were larger than 8 pixels. I suspect they were of low enough contrast that they escaped my selection pattern.
My selection process works like this:
Magic wand the background with low tolerance, contiguous, anti-alias setting.
Manually select key low contrast areas
Select > Modify > Expand by 8 px. This causes the selection to increase in size, encircling any dust larger than 7 pixels
Select > Modify > Contract by 7 px. This returns the selection to almost the original state, less 1 px for safety.
Select > Modify > Contract by 20 px. This increases the safety area around the perimeter of the subject.
Select > Modify > Feather by 10 px. Effectively softens the anti-aliased edge by half the perimeter radius.
Refine in Quick Mask Mode, editing out any visible specks. This is the point where the technique seems to have failed. The dark specks in the image were not visible in Quick Mask and, I suspect, were not bright enough to have been seen, nor were they large enough to see when the selection was in marching ants mode.
Now I have my final selection and simply apply the Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches filter with a radius of 8 px and a threshold of 1 level. This aggressively fixes the selected background without harming the subject areas, which are later touched up by hand.
Do you have photoshop selection secrets to share?

Palm Pods (masking test) 
Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun 
Jul 2014 

I’ve been trying to simplify my dust removal workflow. This is a picture of the result of one such test. The black outlines are the safe area around the palm pods. The white area was the selection, which was processed using Photoshop’s native Noise > Dust & Scratches filter.

Those black dots were little specks that were larger than 8 pixels. I suspect they were of low enough contrast that they escaped my selection pattern.

My selection process works like this:

  1. Magic wand the background with low tolerance, contiguous, anti-alias setting.
  2. Manually select key low contrast areas
  3. Select > Modify > Expand by 8 px. This causes the selection to increase in size, encircling any dust larger than 7 pixels
  4. Select > Modify > Contract by 7 px. This returns the selection to almost the original state, less 1 px for safety.
  5. Select > Modify > Contract by 20 px. This increases the safety area around the perimeter of the subject.
  6. Select > Modify > Feather by 10 px. Effectively softens the anti-aliased edge by half the perimeter radius.
  7. Refine in Quick Mask Mode, editing out any visible specks. This is the point where the technique seems to have failed. The dark specks in the image were not visible in Quick Mask and, I suspect, were not bright enough to have been seen, nor were they large enough to see when the selection was in marching ants mode.
  8. Now I have my final selection and simply apply the Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches filter with a radius of 8 px and a threshold of 1 level. This aggressively fixes the selected background without harming the subject areas, which are later touched up by hand.

Do you have photoshop selection secrets to share?

Color Management inquiry

I’m currently recalibrating my scanning workflow and am looking for sources (books, sites, etc.) that you might like or trust.

(I made the mistake of not ending a previous version of this with a question mark—which invokes the Tumblr response mechanism, so here’s the redux.)

Would you please reply with links or titles of color management resources that you recommend?

Stacked Peonies (retouching mask) Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun Jul 2014 
If you look closely, you will see that I need to be more careful cleaning the glass during extended scanning sessions!

Stacked Peonies (retouching mask) 
Floral Decay scan by Toby Braun 
Jul 2014 

If you look closely, you will see that I need to be more careful cleaning the glass during extended scanning sessions!