Have reflections ruined this picture?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Shacklebolt, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    From a wedding in Vegas at Aureole. The couple wanted to have their picture taken in front of the "vertical wine celler" (people literally have to rappel up to get your wine).

    The sheer volume of glass in the shot makes eliminating reflections extremely difficult. Is it necessary though? If so, how best to fix it (relatively inexperienced at PS)? The couple was pleased with it... but that's not enough for me. (Btw, it was for a friend, so I don't stand to have any financial gain off this).

  2. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    I had a similar issue with this kind of photo op. I had been told that getting a polarizing filter would help with shots like this. I've spent way too much money recently on other camera gear however none for a polarizing filter :confused: Might wanna see if getting one of those helps you out in the future.

    Also, were the reflections of the blue lights not there, I think it would've been a much better pic.
  3. gnd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    At my cat's house
    I know this is one of those "everyone can be a general after the battle" kind of replies, but still ... You should have used a CPL to minimize reflections, that's what they're there for after all.
  4. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    So, is there anything to be done in post processing? Or has that ship sailed?
  5. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2009
    Most likely any PP you try to do to "save" it will only make it look worse. But since it's digital you may as well have a go?

    I'd focus more on the blue reflection covering the people rather than the brighter one up above. You might be able to reduce it's prominence by desaturating the blue channel (since it looks like the blue reflections are the only blue elements in the photo) or something along those lines.

  6. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    You could crop out from the womans hand down to the floor. Run the heal brush over the dress and man legs.
  7. kevinfulton.ca macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2011
    It would take a lot of time and patience, but you could PS the blue out with clever use of the cloning tool. But, it may show depending on how big of a print your want. The other suggestion would be to USE it as part of a style with some more added reflections, lens flares etc. to give it a very "Vegas" look. It would depend on the clients taste, but it does look kinda cool so why not just go with it and take it a few steps further?
  8. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    Is it just me, or is there another woman's face above the bride? :confused: That's more distracting to my eyes but perhaps easier to clone out.
  9. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    Ha, yeah, that's one of the rappellers, on her way up to get someone a bottle. Guess she wanted to be in the shot.
  10. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    depends on how much time you want to spend working on it with photoshop and how high a resolution your final image is going to be.

    the blue reflections on the glass of the railing in front of the couple should be easy enough to get rid of......the big horizontal reflection in front of the wine tower higher up, that's going to take a lot lot lot more time and patience, and some photoshop surgery so probably more of a task for a photoshop enthusiast instead of a photographer looking to do some post processing, but you have a fair bit of material to work with from the next level of the wine tower above the reflection.......probably require a lot of alcohol too :D
  11. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    Yeah, just need a low rez shot at the end of the day -- definitely not to print, so that's a bright side.

    Assuming I had way more skill than I currently have with photoshop, how long would this take?
  12. mashny macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2006
    Your problem shouldn't be too difficult to fix in Photoshop using some careful cloning. There is a lot of repetition and areas that are not damaged that can easily be cloned over the damaged areas. Let me know if you need more guidance.
  13. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
  14. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    I would just leave it the way it is and move on. At least the reflections communicate something about the setting. The faces of the people are not covered by any reflections, so you can still identify them and understand something about the glass-clad environment where they wanted to pose. Editing out those reflections is likely to result in areas that look retouched, which would be even more distracting.
  15. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    I understand how you feel about wanting to fix it. I've seen and fixed worse problems than this. Since the couple is happy with the image, you could take a shot at fixing it up without any pressure. I'm sure you'll improve your Photoshop techniques, and working on it will get it out of your system whether it looks better or not... because you know that if you don't try to fix it, you'll go mad. :p

    My guesstimate for repair time is 3:12:33, assuming "way more skill" than you currently have, hahaha.
  16. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2010

    Here's my stab at it, its not as bad as it looks, depends how much time you want to spend on it, as others have said to completely clone out the reflections is a heck of a job, but you can lessen the impact of the reflection...its just wether you like that look.

    Some quick fixes could include:

    The guys jacket is black, so a curve on this pulled down sorts that out (if your prepared to crush your blacks a little)

    The Brides dress comes up ok with some quick cloning (i even used content aware fill).

    As she's in white and he in black you can simply desaturate the reflection, (as i have done to the right of the bride) which while it doesn't get rid of it reduces its effect a bit.

    I Burned the main large reflection at the top to tone it down a bit, other than this I think that might require a bit more effort. (on reflection...(sorry about the pun!)I'd maybe leave this as it is...I think it looks worse toned down..but I guess thats a personal preference thing)

    As ever more time will give better results I only spent 2/3 mins doing the above.

    oh hope you don't mind me showing you what i meant on your pic, if you want me to take it down just send me a PM

  17. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Might be crazy, but what about enhancing the reflections? Maybe adding some others very carefully in. The photo is taken in a glass wine cellar in vegas after all.
  18. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    Here you go...

    I cut out the upper floor, and transformed/pasted over the reflection.

    Lower blue lights were selectively hue/saturation adjusted to desaturate and darken.

    I only spent a couple of minutes. With the original res file and more work it might actually look realistic!

    Attached Files:

  19. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2010
    Good job didn't think to do that...but works quite well
  20. Shacklebolt thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    Well, if anyone wants to fidget with the original-size file, here it is.

    I spent some time on pixlr last night trying to get a handle on the cloning tool (after watching some YouTube vids about how to use it), but I just can't get it to make anything look decent -- plus pixlr seems to work at a ridiculously slow framerate on my MBP. I'm curious as to the difference working on full-res shots makes, because some of the work on here looks pretty good, as far as I can tell.
  21. Dark slide macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2010
    re: reflections

    Here is my go at it. I had a hard time retouching her hand. Perhaps a higher res file would have been better. I just noticed when I was posting this, that you had a link to a full size file.:eek:
    I tried to take out the upper reflection, but it just didn't look right.

    Attached Files:

  22. glutenenvy, Sep 16, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011

    glutenenvy macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2011
    Yes a cheap CPL would have lessoned or removed the glare when you took the shot. What could look good is some tech-looking rain to go with your rain cloud and puddle. Converting to B&W would remove the extremely noticeable color differences your glare cloud and glare puddle have created. You can also intentionally blur, crop, and/or desaturate the problem areas because in the end it is not the background - it is the faces that are centered in on when this photo is viewed. I doubt that when looking at the photo I'd be thinking that I really wish I could see to roof if the final photo had that cropped out.

    I didn't notice the third wheel because I was viewing a 'fixed' version. That third person needs to be out of the shot. Cloning or desaturating would work. For the type of photograph it seems like you are saying he has a mistress on the side.
  23. Nostromo macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2009
    Deep Space
    The lighting is from below which makes the people look bad. You have also different light sources that ruin the color. The reflection is a minor problem which can be fixed.
  24. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    That was one of the ways I thought to fix this...for future a CPL (as stated before) is the way to go.

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