Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Carnation Petals and LAB Mode editing

Soon, there will actually be flowers like these outside! Until then, I'll have to content myself with my 105mm macro lens, flash, and photographing indoors.

ISO 400
SB00 Flash
105 mm
RAW, manual, AWB
LAB a&b channels
High Pass Sharpen
Itty Bitty LAB mode editing Tutorial:
1.Change to LAB mode
2. Curves: on "a" channel, change white point input to 97, black point input to -98
on "b" channel, change white point input to 97, black point input to -98
3. Curves: on lightness channel, change black point to 12 and white point to 88
4. brightness/contrast: brightness to 10; contrast to 30
5. High pass sharpen in overlay mode
6. Convert to RGB mode (rasterize; merge; flatten); save, size for web.


Sharon said...


People actually GROW carnations?!

Cindi Koceich said...

loving all the folds and shades of pink in this carnation!!!

Esther said...

Oooh! Dew drops! Looks like dew drops anyway. Great job on faking it since you did it inside! Pretty color.

Meaghan said...

Cool shot! The pink is so pretty.

Nicki, said...

Beautiful shot - love the coloring and detail; almost like torn paper with water droplets. Thanks for your take on LAB mode. I've played around with it - be good to try someone else' take on it.

Erika said...

Amazing shot!!! Love the bright pink!

Mandy said...

What a great tutorial! You are so wonderful to share your tips. and I love all of the detail you capture in your flowers. It makes the carnation look beyond ordinary.

Donnah C said...

I really like this shot - especially the layers and different pinks.

Jeanne said...

This is gorgeous!

Jess said...

So pretty! I love how you chose to focus on the edges of the petals, so creative!