hw771230 wrote:Thanks everyone.
I know the noise can be an issue. I am working on an efficient way to isolate the background and do some noise reduction, possibly with some blur to smmoth the texture.
I'm not sure what program you're using, but if it's Photoshop or something comparible, what I would suggest doing is create a seperate layer (I usually do two so I can save the "background" as my backup), then just erase the stuff in the top layer that you don't want in the foreground. With this particular pic, it shouldn't be too hard at all as most of the deer's fur seems pretty smooth...not a lot of individual hairs of fur sticking up or anything. After that do your NR on the background layer. I don't even think it would need a full "blur", just crank up the NR without "preserve details" or "sharpen details" options and you should be able to take most of that out of there pretty quick. Also, your DOF is really nice so you don't want to add too much actual blur anyways. Either way you do the background though, just watch the edges of the foreground so you don't end up with a halo from the blur.
Using the eraser tool in this manner isn't nearly as fast as using the lasso tool, but personally I find it gives you much more precise control. This image of my folk's dog Lady was done in this manner. In the original, she had the big silver bumper of my dad's minivan "growing out her ears", so I ran out and took a quick shot of the fence in my backyard for the new background...
Talk about tedious? For the hairs on top of her head, I was actually working with the eraser tool at 2-3 pixels. Comparatively speaking, your deer shot above should be a piece of cake (no offence). BTW, before anyone mentions it, yes, I've already lightened her eye's in this shot...twice. Lady's eyes really are that dark! LOL!!!
If you already know all of this, please don't think I'm tryin to insult your intelligence...just tryin to help. Again your deer pic is a lovely shot and I really think it would be worth the extra effort. If ya have any questions, please feel free to ask...I've got a little
experience with Photoshop and I'd be happy to help