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S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Here are some great shot of 2 amazing photographers let me here your thoughts of how they did it and please I want your thoughts not just ask the photog.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-14at50120PM.png

http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-14at45638PM.png
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-14at45606PM.png
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-18at120115PM.png
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-18at120242PM.png

Oct 18 10 09:08 am Link

Photographer

S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Anyone have ideas?

Oct 18 10 01:24 pm Link

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Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

Beyond the very good lighting setup in preproduction and during the shoot, it's not one-click-I'm-done type of solution. The biggest influence that I can see has to come form very selective color and tone adjustments. Hue/sat and curves most likely. Use of D&B to help the enhance the shape and lighting on the faces is also something that could have been used. The bottom line is that it's a manually process and you can't have the same approach to every images. If you had something similar shot already and you wanted to achieve that kind of look, than we might be able to offer more help.

Oct 18 10 01:31 pm Link

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FLEXmanta

Posts: 1001

Madrid, Madrid, Spain

It's not really about having an idea or not. You just grabbed well conveived/produced/photographed/retouched images and ask how you think they did them. Well, the answer is "by knowing what they were are doing".

There's just so much of each profession involved in the images that I wouldn't even know where to start. There's toning, light shaping, composition, local contrasting (or anti-contrasting), sharpening... some fall into what some call hyperrealism: A whole combination of artistic decision-making and techniques.

Can't synthesize in a forum what each of the involved professionals learned after years of work.

Oct 18 10 01:31 pm Link

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Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

FLEXmanta wrote:
It's not really about having an idea or not. You just grabbed well conveived/produced/photographed/retouched images and ask how you think they did them. Well, the answer is "by knowing what they were are doing".

There's just so much of each profession involved in the images that I wouldn't even know where to start. There's toning, light shaping, composition, local contrasting (or anti-contrasting), sharpening... some fall into what some call hyperrealism: A whole combination of artistic decision-making and techniques.

Can't synthesize in a forum what each of the involved professionals learned after years of work.

Oh, yeah. And pretty much what he said.

Oct 18 10 01:33 pm Link

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Oranges

Posts: 339

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

And I suspect that the final images are composites of shots done with multiple exposures and lighting setups.

Oct 18 10 01:50 pm Link

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FLEXmanta

Posts: 1001

Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Bret McMichael wrote:
And I suspect that the final images are composites of shots done with multiple exposures and lighting setups.

There's often a misunderstanding for when multiple exposures are needed. In a controled set, in which you can correctly light the whole scene, theres really no capture different exposures in camera. Changing shutter speed will not affect exposure in sets where all the light is flash. You can change aperture to control the exposure value, but that will produce depth of field variations. With ISO you can have only a couple steps of freedom, as beyond 800, most images are not considered studio fine art quality (i mean not for this kind of images).

Bottom line is: You dont need to capture HDR from a scene that didn't have a wide dynamic ratio and was lit with flash at low ISO and quick exposure.

Oct 18 10 02:24 pm Link

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8bit

Posts: 49

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

In a controlled set with artificial light you never ever change aperture, but you do however quite often do differing exposures with the power output of the flashes, and/or with another lighting setup.

Oct 18 10 02:26 pm Link

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BG STUDIO

Posts: 4

İstanbul, İstanbul, Turkey

hi here is my two cent for this on the set  very big light source on 45 degree maybe a parobolic umberella and some fill on post production very detailed coloring  adding blue on blacks warm nice skin tones perfect d&b with taste l am allmost sure there was no need the fixing wrong shadows and somethings like that on raw file and many retouchers in here can achive this point with a real good raw

Oct 18 10 03:55 pm Link

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Sean Baker Photo

Posts: 8036

Silver Spring, Maryland, US

As has been said, this is primarily about the the styling and capture, but as far as the post, it's probably most similar to what was described in the thread regarding Maya Guez' style (which is fairly similar technically).

Oct 18 10 04:00 pm Link

Oct 18 10 04:20 pm Link

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FLEXmanta

Posts: 1001

Madrid, Madrid, Spain

George Anchev wrote:
How about these (18+):

http://www.mensup.fr/photo/albums/wpw-2 … e-N_-2.jpg

http://www.westlicht.com/files/128766a4 … 2dba20.jpg

Those two looked 90% like that right off the camera and converted.

Oct 18 10 04:54 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Since this is a retouching forum, I'd say that LucisArt played a prominent part in post.

Oct 18 10 04:59 pm Link

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Rob Mac Studio

Posts: 1105

London, England, United Kingdom

George Anchev wrote:
How about these (18+):

http://www.mensup.fr/photo/albums/wpw-2 … e-N_-2.jpg

http://www.westlicht.com/files/128766a4 … 2dba20.jpg

You could definitely get pretty near with a fairly poor flat photo, using curves and boosting contrast. there seems to be alot of black and cyan in those skin tones generally.
Not exact, but a quick try on a pretty badly lit shot


http://www.ephotobay.com/image/4b9db120678b4-copy.gif

Oct 18 10 05:05 pm Link

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Natalia_Taffarel

Posts: 7665

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Peano wrote:
Since this is a retouching forum, I'd say that LucisArt played a prominent part in post.

+1 But I do it manually (lol) Lucis art introduces a lot of noise and some color banding and I can control it doing it manually. I have to say tho... I haven't studied Lucis Art for very long because I think the effect is rather easy when done manually so I don't see the point in paying for the outside thing (but you knew this already right? tongue )

If someone gives me a guy in a suit with similar lighting (or flat) I can provide a psd of this.
x

Oct 19 10 04:31 am Link

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FLEXmanta

Posts: 1001

Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Natalia_Taffarel wrote:

+1 But I do it manually (lol) Lucis art introduces a lot of noise and some color banding and I can control it doing it manually. I have to say tho... I haven't studied Lucis Art for very long because I think the effect is rather easy when done manually so I don't see the point in paying for the outside thing (but you knew this already right? tongue )

If someone gives me a guy in a suit with similar lighting (or flat) I can provide a psd of this.
x

cough coughFameaddict

Oct 19 10 05:15 am Link

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Natalia_Taffarel

Posts: 7665

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

FLEXmanta wrote:
cough coughFameaddict

Use the right terminology honey

Awhore big_smile

Oct 19 10 05:32 am Link

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Looks by Robert

Posts: 300

Florence, South Carolina, US

clipping

Oct 19 10 05:39 am Link

Photographer

S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

like these

Oct 19 10 10:23 am Link

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Sofia Zasheva

Posts: 154

Sofia, Sofija grad, Bulgaria

The first few portraits remind me of Jill Greenberg and for such effect lighting turns out to be 70% of the effect.. if you want to make the picture end up like this with 2 clicks. I usually use tonal contrast as main correction - increasing the contrast in the midtones and highlights with the corresponding saturation changes.. sometimes even bleach bypass (in reasonable amount).

Oct 19 10 10:48 am Link

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ShaunQ

Posts: 168

Waihi Beach, Waikato, New Zealand

Did someone ask for a guy in a business suit? Here's a corporate portrait I shot earlier this year -

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/4977/portraitbrad.jpg

I have retouched this but I can supply a RAW or smaller Jpeg of the original

Oct 19 10 02:17 pm Link

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Natalia_Taffarel

Posts: 7665

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

send me the raw nataffa at hotmail

x

Oct 19 10 02:54 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Some of the characteristics of that familiar "Lucis look" can be done with Topaz Detail (for a small fraction of the cost of LucisArt).

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/3914/lucis.jpg

Oct 19 10 03:49 pm Link

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S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Post a raw file heres what I did
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/portraitbrad.jpg

Oct 19 10 04:10 pm Link

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S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Peano wrote:
Some of the characteristics of that familiar "Lucis look" can be done with Topaz Detail (for a small fraction of the cost of LucisArt).

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/3914/lucis.jpg

looks good but alittle to light on spots

Oct 19 10 04:39 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

S T U D I O  S I X  wrote:
looks good but alittle to light on spots

I agree. The face is too hot on camera right, for starters. I was mainly aiming to show the effect in the clothing.

Oct 19 10 04:45 pm Link

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Tog

Posts: 55204

Birmingham, Alabama, US

ShaunQ wrote:
Did someone ask for a guy in a business suit? Here's a corporate portrait I shot earlier this year -

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/4977/portraitbrad.jpg

I have retouched this but I can supply a RAW or smaller Jpeg of the original

Thanks for putting this up.  I had fun playing.  I think this style of editing is undervalued, today.  Where I see beauty retouching as being about removing character and creating uniformity, I see those who do stuff like this as having an equal mastery of the tools, but more akin to the guys who draw exaggerated pencil sketches of people at the park.  It's not about perfecting the image.  It's about extracting the character inside.

Anyway, was a fun 10 minutes.  Thanks again.

http://hobbithole.thruhere.net/gallery/portraitbrad.jpg

Oct 19 10 05:10 pm Link

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Rob Mac Studio

Posts: 1105

London, England, United Kingdom

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1109/5098353006_7ddc0e0621_b.jpg

Oct 19 10 05:38 pm Link

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S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rob Mac Studio wrote:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1109/5098353006_7ddc0e0621_b.jpg

seems a little destructive

Oct 19 10 06:01 pm Link

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Rob Mac Studio

Posts: 1105

London, England, United Kingdom

S T U D I O  S I X  wrote:
seems a little destructive

Maybe, but I was trying to wrench as much detail from a 3mb jpeg.

Why don't you move that huge picture out of the thread,it is annoying.

Oct 19 10 06:16 pm Link

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S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rob Mac Studio wrote:

Maybe, but I was trying to wrench as much detail from a 3mb jpeg.

Why don't you move that huge picture out of the thread,it is annoying.

Done!!

didn't mean to offend you LOL

Oct 19 10 06:33 pm Link

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Rob Mac Studio

Posts: 1105

London, England, United Kingdom

You haven't.

Oct 19 10 06:34 pm Link

Photographer

S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

sounded like you did

Oct 19 10 06:38 pm Link

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ShaunQ

Posts: 168

Waihi Beach, Waikato, New Zealand

As I mentioned the image posted I had retouched so probly wouldn't handle too much further editing. Below is a link to download the original RAW file that I'll leave available for a few days and would really like to see where others would take it. I had to keep editing pretty subtle for its intended use, but really love the portraits posted by the OP, so keen to learn a few further techniques. Download RAW from here -

http://www.mediafire.com/?zj92lic4idcute3

.

Oct 19 10 06:55 pm Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

ShaunQ wrote:
As I mentioned the image posted I had retouched so probly wouldn't handle too much further editing. Below is a link to download the original RAW file that I'll leave available for a few days ...

Thanks for posting this. Good practice. Doing this for keeps, I would go over the suit and pick off all the lint. Here I was mainly interested in experimenting with light ...

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/2923/portraitbraddt1a.jpg

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/6990/portraitbraddt2.jpg

Oct 19 10 08:39 pm Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2282

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

I used mainly D&B ( curves layers ). Selective color. Some Highpass for sharpening.

http://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/mm_portraitbrad.jpg

Oct 20 10 07:48 am Link

Photographer

S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

pellepiano wrote:
I used mainly D&B ( curves layers ). Selective color. Some Highpass for sharpening.

http://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/mm_portraitbrad.jpg

WOW Now this I like

Oct 20 10 09:58 am Link

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Natalia_Taffarel

Posts: 7665

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

ok pellepiano did it faster tongue

It's all bout color contrast and depth (like any other thing you'll find attractive in a picture )

Oct 20 10 11:11 am Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 33566

Los Angeles, California, US

A lot of this tends to be islands of relative brightness in a sea of darkness

Oct 20 10 11:13 am Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 33566

Los Angeles, California, US

NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:
A lot of this tends to be islands of relative brightness in a sea of darkness

a little like this

http://vimeo.com/channels/royksopp#2355334

Oct 20 10 01:20 pm Link