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Nick00

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Hey guys,

Being a bit tired about arguing that you should only fine tune lightning in PP and not in renders, due to the better control and speed. I'm showing you a little example from a render I just made.  

The raw render, is very dark and still, only fast levels adjustment bring it to life. Some color balance and saturation have been made to match the photo (also added in PP, from the transparent PNG option)

I brought the most natural light I could with openings. Instead of losing a lot of time tweaking some LEMs, (tweak, render, wait, tweak render, wait etc) I went for a fast PP. Getting exactly what I want.

It is better to brighten the renders rather then darken them (which is almost not doable due to the information loss) The 3rd image (Bad render) show how an over lid image cannot be saved oppositely has a dark one.

Save yourself some time, Post Processing is not cheating, its your best friend. Don't worry we won't get jealous 

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Nice one Nick, proves the point very well!
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Nick,
What post production program do you use for lighting adjustments?
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Hi Pike,
Photoshop, but I guess gimp (free software) could probably do this too.

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so you went from the first render to the second render with just photoshop? I would love to see the psd file for that. amazing.

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It goes a lot of saying that the eyes are in so many portraits the most important part of the image and it has a great sparkle to eyes over all and row dramatic catch lights, really draws our attention to where it probably should go in this photograph. Great
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in Photoshop:
Adjust EXPOSURE and BALANCE (ctrl B => midtones more red and yellow, hightones more blue and violet...)
And there you go: a perfect render...
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In my experience, the single most powerful tool to adjust lighting in Photoshop is Curves.  Far better control and results than using Brightness/Contrast, Exposure, or Levels.
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Yeah a of of people says that. Its less intuitive tho, I'm used to work with levels, maybe I should try harder with curves.
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I like curves, but sometimes you may need to add a touch more saturation to give it richness.
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