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post by Goste   |  | 
First Light Paint
< on 4/3/2020 2:20 AM >

This is literally my first attempt ever at light painting during my exploration of an abandoned hospital. After the results, I'm going to be light painting more in exploration as it really helps to shoot those places in which conditions are challenging and can also give it a pretty cool look. Just wanted to get some opinions of what you guys think! FYI the file did loose some quality when it was compressed down, anyways thanks!





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post by blackhawk   |  | This member has been banned. See the banlist for more information.

Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 1 on 4/3/2020 2:33 AM >

Try playing with the contrast curves if you haven't.


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post by randomesquephoto   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 2 on 4/3/2020 3:22 AM >

Posted by blackhawk
Try playing with the contrast curves if you haven't.


What the fuck are you even talking about?


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Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 3 on 4/3/2020 7:36 PM >

^You really that inept? Get off my tail you butthurt whiney bitch.



To OP:
Works best on RAWs.
Fastest way to dial in an image.
Some apps allow for more adjustment points to be added and most can be slide around as needed on the contrast line.
I turn off saturation and first adjust it in B/W, then bring up saturation to desired level.
Contrast curves for each of the 3 color can be further adjusted if desired but usually not needed.


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post by Goste   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 4 on 4/3/2020 8:39 PM >

Posted by blackhawk
^You really that inept? Get off my tail you butthurt whiney bitch.


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To OP:
Works best on RAWs.
Fastest way to dial in an image.
Some apps allow for more adjustment points to be added and most can be slide around as needed on the contrast line.
I turn off saturation and first adjust it in B/W, then bring up saturation to desired level.
Contrast curves for each of the 3 color can be further adjusted if desired but usually not needed.


That does look better thanks, what editor did you use for that?


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post by ryanpics   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 5 on 4/3/2020 9:07 PM >

So much hate in these threads..

Cool shot. I like how you used the old light to light up the rest of the room. The Lightroom app is my favorite if you're wanting to use your phone to edit. It's got all the same features as the regular Lightroom and is easy to use.


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post by blackhawk   |  | This member has been banned. See the banlist for more information.

Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 6 on 4/3/2020 9:36 PM >

Posted by Goste


That does look better thanks, what editor did you use for that?


I spent like 5 seconds doing that; just trying to show how much, how selectively and easily you can manipulate the contrast.
That's a free Samsung Galaxy Store app, Photo Editor MG for Android.
There are many out there for whatever OS platform you're using.

If you're using Canon cams try Digital Photography Pro from Canon. It's free.
I prefer their older version from 10 years ago as it's easier to use.


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post by Goste   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 7 on 4/3/2020 11:48 PM >

Posted by blackhawk


I spent like 5 seconds doing that; just trying to show how much, how selectively and easily you can manipulate the contrast.
That's a free Samsung Galaxy Store app, Photo Editor MG for Android.
There are many out there for whatever OS platform you're using.

If you're using Canon cams try Digital Photography Pro from Canon. It's free.
I prefer their older version from 10 years ago as it's easier to use.


Here is me messing around with the tone curve, let me know if this looks better. Thanks




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post by blackhawk   |  | This member has been banned. See the banlist for more information.

Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 8 on 4/4/2020 12:18 AM >

Posted by Goste


Here is me messing around with the tone curve, let me know if this looks better. Thanks

439999.jpg (97 kb, 640x427)
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I can't view them side by side but it looks like the red channel is getting blown out in the last one and/or is too saturated.
I'm not on a color calibrated monitor so.
It's important to use the correct color management (ICC profile) thru put (cam>PC>monitor) then color calibrate your monitor before you edit.



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post by Goste   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 9 on 4/4/2020 12:41 AM >

Posted by blackhawk


I can't view them side by side but it looks like the red channel is getting blown out in the last one and/or is too saturated.
I'm not on a color calibrated monitor so.
It's important to use the correct color management (ICC profile) thru put (cam>PC>monitor) then color calibrate your monitor before you edit.



Your right, I didn't use enough red when I took the photo so I was trying to make up for that. Anyways one more time here we go.







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post by blackhawk   |  | This member has been banned. See the banlist for more information.

Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 10 on 4/4/2020 1:05 AM >


Dial back the color saturation.
To me this looks more realistic, however the color calibration may be way off on my Note 10 plus to spite my best efforts.
The red still seems blown out; maybe go back to the original image and play with the WB or just do less with the red than you did.

I find it easiest to take all the color out and adjust the B/W contrast curve then bring up the color saturation.


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post by Natchraz   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 11 on 4/4/2020 1:20 AM >

Posted by Goste
This is literally my first attempt ever at light painting during my exploration of an abandoned hospital. After the results, I'm going to be light painting more in exploration as it really helps to shoot those places in which conditions are challenging and can also give it a pretty cool look. Just wanted to get some opinions of what you guys think! FYI the file did loose some quality when it was compressed down, anyways thanks!


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Nice! I really need to buy more lights since I’ve been dependent on natural light and my flash lately.


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post by Goste   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 12 on 4/4/2020 3:10 AM >

Posted by blackhawk
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Dial back the color saturation.
To me this looks more realistic, however the color calibration may be way off on my Note 10 plus to spite my best efforts.
The red still seems blown out; maybe go back to the original image and play with the WB or just do less with the red than you did.

I find it easiest to take all the color out and adjust the B/W contrast curve then bring up the color saturation.


Thanks for everything and I agree looks better with less saturation, took me some time to mess with this one. Really appreciate all the advice.







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post by Goste   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 13 on 4/4/2020 3:14 AM >

Posted by Natchraz


Nice! I really need to buy more lights since I’ve been dependent on natural light and my flash lately.


Thanks, natural light is the best when you have it. Just nice to have other options if you don't have that luxury sometimes.


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post by blackhawk   |  | This member has been banned. See the banlist for more information.

Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 14 on 4/4/2020 3:15 AM >

Posted by Goste


Thanks for everything and I agree looks better with less saturation, took me some time to mess with this one. Really appreciate all the advice.


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You're welcome.
Looking good from here


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post by Goste   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 15 on 4/4/2020 3:42 AM >

Posted by blackhawk


You're welcome.
Looking good from here


Thanks again!


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post by ryanpics   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 16 on 4/4/2020 6:17 AM >

I personally think the blue should be a little less strong and the red more, since the red is the only thing to give some color contrast. But that's just how I'd do it. In the end it's all up to what you think looks best. Once you get familiar with some editing tools you'll be able to get it to look how you want pretty easily.


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post by Goste   |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 17 on 4/4/2020 3:07 PM >

Posted by ryanpics
I personally think the blue should be a little less strong and the red more, since the red is the only thing to give some color contrast. But that's just how I'd do it. In the end it's all up to what you think looks best. Once you get familiar with some editing tools you'll be able to get it to look how you want pretty easily.


Well let me know if this looks better. Took a lot of the blue out and added the red back some. Let me know if this maybe looks like too much red. Thanks!







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post by MysteriousExpedition    |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 18 on 4/5/2020 3:33 AM >

Posted by Goste


Well let me know if this looks better. Took a lot of the blue out and added the red back some. Let me know if this maybe looks like too much red. Thanks!


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I would recommend toning down the red of the hospital bed enough to distinguish it but also give it a blend with the tones of the surrounding, if that makes any sense...?


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post by MysteriousExpedition    |  | 
Re: First Light Paint
<Reply # 19 on 4/5/2020 3:38 AM >

Posted by ryanpics
I personally think the blue should be a little less strong and the red more, since the red is the only thing to give some color contrast. But that's just how I'd do it. In the end it's all up to what you think looks best. Once you get familiar with some editing tools you'll be able to get it to look how you want pretty easily.


That would work pretty great too. Honestly there's no right or wrong for light painting I think. It all depends on how subtle you would want the colors to be added in


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