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Honey Honey - A Look At Selective Focus Selection

Create: 02/07/2017 - 13:23
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Honey Honey - A Look At Selective Focus Selection

Relook at the refreshing iced honey lemon drink I had at Farm Ville, the container homestay, in the midst of Sekinchan paddy land...

Also an opportunity to discuss a little known post-production technique for photographers.

I was using a wide angle lens and too much background was in focus. What do I do? Many may not be aware but Photoshop has a select by focus function.

You can let it choose the focus area and then use Gaussian blur to defocus a zone. Only disadvantage is that a huge image such as the 36 MP image from the A7R can be back breaking for the PC.
Sometimes the auto selection if off target and you may need to trim the depth manually.

A slowed down processor can be frustrating as it is hard to fine tune, A smaller GM-1 image wa manageable. A glass object is tricky for the algo and much time was spent cleaning up garbage matte leftover. Don't do it when you are in a hurry. It is not yet a perfect solution for blurring backgrounds and it cannot be applied to all subjects. Use it sparingly.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f6.3, 1/320 sec

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