How to make sand white??? :)

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How to make sand white??? :)

Postby haring on Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:44 pm

I am a wedding photographer based in Miami. I shoot a lot of beach weddings. Some of my clients want me to make the sand white. How do you achieve this so it looks great?

I have tried to desaturate the sand however I just don't like how it looks. It looks muddy and not real. How do you achieve the white sand look without traveling to Micronesia....?

Thanks so much!
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Re: How to make sand white??? :)

Postby gstark on Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:29 pm

What white balance setting are you using?
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Re: How to make sand white??? :)

Postby zafra52 on Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:30 am

Possibly it shouldn't be me giving you advice, but I take that you shoot in raw format. If so, I would open the picture in Camera Raw and play with the white balance, curves and different settings till you get a desirable effect. There are times when all the playing after a picture is taken in Photoshop or equivalent application is no substitute for the same picture taken in the correct environment and under the right conditions.
I guess, you can use a poor or mediocre picture and convert it into a work of art that people like; this could be your ticket out of a sticky situation.
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Re: How to make sand white??? :)

Postby Matt. K on Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:06 pm

Throw a selection around the sand....go to 'HUE/SATURATION' and choose yellow from the dropdown box. Try de-saturating the sand and then do a curves adjustment to lighten it up a little. Methinks that might work.
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Re: How to make sand white??? :)

Postby biggerry on Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:32 pm

post an example.

if your using a desaturation method you need to couple it with adjustment ine colour temp (and with a increase in the blue channel), or else it looks crap.

what software you using?

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Re: How to make sand white??? :)

Postby haring on Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:08 pm

I am using photoshop!
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