OK, so I did not have a box of intriguing delicacies to try
I just had a box of eggs and a couple of blueberries in the fridge, which I sat on the window sill in direct, but rather dim sunlight.
If you can not read it, it's because I turned it from left to right to better fit the OR
It is by no means the perfect photo, just a short example.
Basically, we see a very shallow depth of field, so a blueberry and a bit of box is focused on each side – in a plane that is equidistant from the lens [approximately], The rest becomes increasingly blurred the farther he is from that plane.
I have harder shadows, which have the impression of a higher contrast than the original photograph, since my light source through the window was clearly one-sided. I suppose the original was taken outdoors, where the light was slightly more diffuse – but the rest The shading is about what we see in the original.
Since I did not immediately have a Japanese school uniform on hand, I put a dark pillow behind the direct sunlight. The shading at the front is simply lack of light. The amount of sunlight falling on the eggs determines the exposure, which darkens the background automatically.
It was sharpened a bit to make the blueberry pop a little more, but no other processing.
It was performed on a field camera with a 50mm lens with 1.4x magnification. If you do not have a lens with such a large aperture and you do not mind changing the perspective to frame the subject in the same way, then a longer lens with a smaller aperture will look the same.
Another way to add punch – I've done this with mine, so the blueberry pops out more, is the sharpening. The Clarity slider in PhotoRAW achieves this a bit by adjusting local contrast. However, my preferred method is to use a high pass filter. In Photoshop, it hides innocently and in filters> Others often undetected …
First, duplicate your image to a new layer. Apply the high pass to taste, which looks like an unusual collection of grays and colors. Apply this layer and set this layer to & # 39; Overlay & # 39; instead of & # 39; normal & # 39 ;. Magical sharpness!
There is no right or wrong in terms of how much – not enough that you do not see that you have done it. Too much looks too crispy and sharp-edged. A simple but effective trick is to use it twice, once quite high, which will flip you back and another really good. Experiment.
You can also add a layer mask and remove the high pass from the areas you want to keep soft by coloring it in the mask.
I made a quick composition on the original photo that was shown before, after, and at the high-level [which I have overdone a bit just to make it easier to see.] You can make this much more subtle on the original image than is possible with a small JPG.
Even if sometimes more Post hoc ergo propter hoc Wise. I like these "how to rebuild xyz" challenges. I need to get on my feet to create similarities and expose my own mistakes in similar situations.
If other people find it useful, that's a bonus. 🙂