09 Finishing touch 2
I’ve noticed that the gold-painted vase has lost some of its richness and ‘sparkle’, so I’ve added a control point to the side in shadow and boosted both the saturation and the structure.
10 Finishing touch 3
Finally, to boost the overall contrast and make the lighting more interesting, I’ve decided this picture needs a light on the background. It’s too late to add one physically, of course, but I can squeeze a control point in between two of the tulip leaves and boost the brightness, contrast, saturation and structure sliders to really brighten this area up.
Now you can see Viveza 2’s control points at work! All those I’ve added so far, particularly to the tulips, have the effect of protecting the areas underneath them. This really does look like a real background light, there’s no ‘spill’ on to the tulips and the vase, and the whole effect as worked far better than I expected.
11 The finished picture
Well, I know it was a bit of a long haul, and it did take quite a few control points to make this photograph come out the way it has, but actually this didn’t take long at all. Once you get used to the way these control points work – and that you can use as many as you need – it’s really very easy. Once I’d decided on what I needed to do, I don’t think it took me more than five minutes to perfect this shot.
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