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rinjutsu 7 3
2 Jan 2011 9:22PM
Hi guys, I just need a little help. I was wondering how to achieve the highlights (especially the green lighting on the grass). I don't know what this is called yet and I believe these are the missing elements of my pictures. Is this accomplished via the shot or via post-processing? Either way can you help me on how to do it? Thanks in advanced.


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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
2 Jan 2011 9:37PM
Hi rinjutsu and welcome to Epz.

To get an answer to your question (and lots of others!) you really need to upload your image to one of the galleries. You could use the main gallery where your image will be seen by lots of people but you almost certainly won't get the answer you're looking for.
Or, you could post it in the "critique gallery" which is where people post their images when they want advice, help or just a staightforward evaluation of their work. This is where I think you need to be asking this question.
You'll be made very welcome there and you'll receive lots of honest, worthwhile advice and opinion.
Good luck!

rinjutsu 7 3
2 Jan 2011 9:40PM
Below is a sample of my lifeless picture. Thank you.


rinjutsu 7 3
2 Jan 2011 9:42PM
Hi Jesterclown,

Thank you for responding. I just forgot to include my own shot. Anyway, above is an picture i took recently.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2011 10:32PM
The blurred bg highlights are created by using a shallow depth of field. If the foacl distance is very close, and aperture of F8 should provide enough detail in the foreground subject, allowing the bg to be pleasantly out of focus.
The sun is shining on the bg, creating the light, but this can be recreated using off camera flash and radio triggers if cloudy.
rinjutsu 7 3
3 Jan 2011 2:37PM
Hi arhb,

Thank for the reply, I appreciate your help. In this case, do you mean that those nice green highlights on the grass can be achieved by native shots without any post-processing? I do understand the depth of field and focal distance and how you would pleasantly allow the bg to be out of focus. What I cannot achieve yet is those nice bright captivating highlights, how some grass has this dark shades while some having bright green lighting. If this is natural light coming from the sun, i seriously do not know how to make parts of the grass dark. I hope I'm making sense. Thank you.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2011 5:17PM
Highlighted bg created by sun light

Hi Rinjutsu,
the link above is to a shot from my portfolio, of a red squirrel.
I think it is a good example of how natural sunlight can create the bright green highlights you wish to capture.
The only post processing done to this image, was a slight levels adjustment, and some sharpening.

The dark shades you mention are possibly due to the sunlight shining through a leafy tree, or something similar,
that has dappled/broken the direct rays of sun light, which has in turn created light and shade on the grass.

As I mentioned in my first post, a carefully placed, radio triggered flash gun will give you similar results,
more so if you want some shaded grass and highlighted grass also. You just need to experiment with the flash gun,
so that the light is directed to the right area of the image.
Does this help?
swanseamale47 10 124 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2011 4:37PM
The grass is lit from the left and fairly low down so it's picking up the tops of the grass rather than filling in between.

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