Retouching the Oregon Home Cover Shot

I take a lot of pride in my Photoshop retouching skills. Mainly because I try really hard to make my shots not look like they’ve been retouched.

For architectural interior shots like this cover image for Oregon Home, I often do something I call, “Dropping in the Windows.” During the shoot, I’ll take several brackets that are under my main exposure. Later on in Photoshop, I will pick a darker exposure that I like the look out the windows and overlay it on the main exposure. I then hand cut out the windows using a mask and blend it together a little with the paintbrush. It’s subtle, time consuming, but the look can’t be beat.

The alternative to this is to do and HDR photograph or overlight the room with artificial light. I, personally, never like either of those ways look, so that’s why I do it the hard way.

Here’s time-lapse of the whole process:

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  • […] For you Photoshop geeks out there, click here to see how I retouched the cover shot. […]ReplyCancel

  • Chris Terry06/08/2012 - 8:58 am

    Fast work, takes me a minute to load the photo! nice attention to detail thoughReplyCancel

  • Andrew04/05/2013 - 5:43 pm

    Excellent video Lincoln.

    Is it alright if I refer my clients to it?

    cheers

    AndrewReplyCancel

  • Brian DO12/13/2013 - 9:11 am

    Hello Lincoln,

    I am so inspired by the work you do. Do you shoot in all ambient light? Then do your layering technique on all your photos? Your lighting is always so natural. Truly amazing stuff.

    Thanks BrianReplyCancel

    • Lincoln Barbour01/06/2014 - 1:47 pm

      I start with available light and then use strobes or continuous lighting for fill. Depends on the weather 🙂ReplyCancel

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