Capture that sparkle
Wed, 02 Nov 2005 03:54:03 PST
In a message dated 11/1/2005 8:48:36 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:
It's not to be: the  diamond-dusted
effect has escaped my camera. I just don't see it in the  digital images. Any
camera buffs out there with an idea why?
Back light with weak, early morning sunlight, shoot against a dark,  
non-reflective cloth (velvet) and underexpose 1/3, 2/3, 3/3 stops. Compensate  for 
underexposure in Photoshop: layer>new adjustment layer>levels or  
brightness/contrast (I prefer levels).  With a little fiddling  about one can capture that 
sparkle.  This technique also works  for white or pale colored flowers that 
don't image well.  Some people  have success using "cloud domes" or "cloud tents" 
with natural or  artificial light. Printing the image may require more 
fiddling but the above  should prove more than satisfactory for web use.

Mark  Mazer
Intarsia Ltd.
Gaylordsville, Connecticut 06755-0142

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