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Rickuz
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


Can someone be so kind and give me simple advice on how to apply this type of processing?


(Image copyright: Matt Loiacono)

With my current skills and knowledge, I can somewhat achieve a hazy look, but it never looks as good as this.. So I would very much appreciate if someone can teach me a good way to get good results.

I have Photoshop CS5 and LR4.



Aug 03, 2012 at 07:39 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


Lookup some tutorials on cross processing using curves.

Step 1 to get this look - Switch to the blue channel on a curve adjustment and raise the black point (Lower left corner).

You are seeing a "hazy look" because there isn't a pure black in the image.



Aug 04, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


Thank you! I will try this.


Aug 04, 2012 at 08:13 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


The levels/curves are out of whack, producing a grey instead of black. It looks awful, like a mistake.

EBH



Aug 04, 2012 at 02:25 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


The man shows an image he's like to try to emulate, but he's told the image the image is wrong; it's a mistake - there is no value in learning how to reproduce that look. This is a matter of taste, and irrespective of taste, we should support someone wanting to expand his or her skill palette. Pros regularly need to master areas they personally may not be drawn to.

To me this sample shows low contrast in the quarter tones, and as suggested, a blue cast in the shadows. Aside from the blue channel curves adjustment proposed above, it may be that raising both shadow level, black clipping level, and lowering overall contrast will help. One of the traits of haze is that, like fog but to a lesser and different degree, contrast is lowered but to different degrees across the spectrum. The sample offered is probably also split toned, or the equivalent of split tone method. I think the shadows are blue, and the mids and highlight are yellow-orange. I associate this feeling with hot-weather haze.

It's worth mentioning the original exposure was in high-contrast, pretty harsh light. That plays a huge role in the final result too, of course.

John Caldwell






Aug 05, 2012 at 01:36 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


You might try this.

In PS add Levels layer and up output levels to start from lets say 25 instead of 0. And then you might want to compensate middle gray from 1.0 to for example 0.9 or 0.8 or anything you like.

Ofc you still need those colors.

I prefer Silver Efex and Color Efex for this kind of stuff, way easier and I can do similar stuff at one click if I preset it before..



Aug 05, 2012 at 02:16 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


Thanks for the info John and Mescalamba. Very helpful! Thanks to you, I have finally nailed it.


Aug 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


Yep, many ways to do it. In this case above I agree that shadow point was lifted in curves and/or levels was adjusted. Additional ways is playing with offset or adding a solid white layer and reduce the opacity between 2-5% or so...Sometimes shooting into the sun can just cause a washed out look too.




Aug 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


The "haze" look has been overdone IMHO and it's on its way to fade away.


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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


mshi wrote:
The "haze" look has been overdone IMHO and it's on its way to fade away.


I thought the same thing about selective desaturation at least two years ago but it still seems to be with us.



Aug 08, 2012 at 08:42 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


go look for Matt's cross polarization settings for lightroom
you can start here: http://www.mattk.com/



Aug 08, 2012 at 08:59 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


Try slightly decreasing your contrast.


Aug 09, 2012 at 12:21 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


mshi wrote:
The "haze" look has been overdone IMHO and it's on its way to fade away.

I thought the same thing about the torn/coffee-stained/film-sprocketed effects but it now seems to be a billion dollar business (Instagram).



Aug 09, 2012 at 04:43 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


Another tip is to play with the exposure adjustment layer.. Adjust the Exposure, Offset and Gamma sliders.
Add a little blue/dark green to shadows on a color balance adjustment layer



Aug 09, 2012 at 04:52 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


add a solid color layer @ 30 % that should do the job.

Henrik

PS: as the the selective desaturated image, well they have been around for the longest time



Aug 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


Just use the cross process tool in PS with gold for highlights, blue for shadows, bump it up about 10pts, and then when you are in JPG editing mode, bump the shadows in "levels" up until you reach a greyish tone.


Aug 10, 2012 at 12:23 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


Rickuz wrote:
Thanks for the info John and Mescalamba. Very helpful! Thanks to you, I have finally nailed it.


Care to share a bit more of how you accomplished it?
Do you have to use PS or are you doing all the adjustments in LR?



Aug 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Best way to get the "hazy" look?


It only looks hazy because the blackpoint has been raised artificially and abnormally high. Additionally the colours have been shifted to brown and desaturated.




Aug 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM





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