Monday, June 20, 2011

What are they doing to Natalie Portman's face?!

It's interesting to compare Bluray and DVD releases, because the makers in most cases end up differentiating between the two in the colour representation of the cover images. Sort of like how they try to show advertisements for high-definition TVs on regular TVs, trying to illustrate the difference in image quality by simply using a clip with boosted contrast and saturation for the "high-def" experience.

In the case of Black swan though, it's not only colours that's undergone a change...

First the DVD and Bluray covers.
But something looks a bit off, let's outline the edge of Ms. Portman (brightened a bit to see the real outline hidden in the shadows).
And now the same outline applied to the Bluray cover.
It appears as if the makers of the Bluray also felt the need to show the splendidness of the format by slimming down the face of the lead actress. Buy Bluray for even slimmer ladies!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Frequency separation

Lately I have been investigating the prospects of frequency separation. Experimenting with the high pass filter in Photoshop for sharpening, inverting the layer to soften. As usual there are at least ten ways to do any single thing in Photoshop, which leads me around looking for one that can fit my workflow, and this approach by Natalia Taffarel seems like it holds potential.

The idea is basically that you can separate each image into separate layers holding texture and colour tones; with that you can then make adjustments to texture without affecting tones and vice versa. If this all sounds greek, don't worry, you're not alone. It took me quite a while to even start getting my head around it, but I feel the image of Albert Einstein/Marilyn Monroe in the above link shows the concept far better than I can explain it...

Picture at the top is from a portrait shoot I did some time ago that I thought would be good to practice on.