moderated Case Study: Concert on the Beach
Our third study illustrates a problem that's not uncommon. We have an outdoor shot of a building or an event that is supposed to put the viewer in a cheerful and positive mood, but the day is overcast.
*This is one of 5,000 images taken from an MIT study. for which permission is given for educational use. The sponsors solicited contributions of images that were supposed to represent the range that a professional retoucher might receive. They then hired five intermediate retouchers to correct each. The 25,000 resulting files were made public, as were the .dng files they started with. The best of these efforts will be posted along with those of our group.
*In the study, no instructions were given as to what the client wanted. Here, let's assume that the chamber of commerce of this beach resort town wants to use this picture to advertise the variety of activities it offers. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate.
*In the Photos section, Case Study: Concert on the Beach,
I have uploaded a version opened with Camera Raw defaults, and another where the settings were much flatter. You may use either, or fetch the .dng as below. DO NOT WORK ON THE THUMBNAIL ATTACHED TO THIS MESSAGE.
*groups.io does not allow .dng format in the Photos section. If you want the .dng, you must download a zipped file from the Files section. NOTE: the zipped file contains the two default images as well, you don't need to download them separately. Filename=2021_Concert-on-Beach_case-study_source.zip
*The designated size of this exercise is 3008 x 2000 pixels. If you use the .dng image be sure to open into the correct size. Do not crop, rotate, alter the sizing, apply any lens correction, or delete any tangible objects, because doing any of these things will make it impossible to use your version as part of a par assembly. We recommend that as soon as you acquire, you apply one of the default versions to it to make sure that all pixels line up.
Except as indicated in the above paragraph, you can use whatever methods you like to improve the picture.
*Please keep clear records of what you did for discussion. List members find these very valuable.
*Your final file is to be sRGB with a proper tag. If you work in a different RGB you must Edit: Convert to Profile>sRGB before submitting the file.
*When finished, save in JPEG form, quality level 9. E-mail it to me, dmargulis (at) aol.com, with your brief explanation of how you produced it. DO NOT POST IMAGES TO THE LIST.
*Remember that some e-mail clients automatically downsize image attachments. Make sure you’re sending it to me at the original size.
*Entries close Monday morning, 15 February, at 06:00 Eastern/1100Z/12:00 ora italiana.
*Rather than confirm every entrant I've received, I will periodically post the initials of everyone whose file I have.
*As soon as convenient after the deadline, I'll post all the entrants in a random order. Names will not be revealed. Once discussion begins, those who wish to identify themselves publicly may do so.
*If the filename of your version contains your name or initials, they will be deleted before posting. If you want to be able to identify your version by name once posted, throw in a few extra letters; I won't delete them.
*I will leave discussion of the results to the group for the first two days after posting, and will then weigh in with my own opinion.
A reminder that entries are due in this case study in about 48 hours, at 06:00 eastern time Monday/1100Z/12:00 ora italiana
I confirm receipt of entries from the following individuals:
*indicates that a corrected version was submitted
Entries from the following were at an incorrect size/cropping and would have to be resubmitted: