Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > How to get the Kesler Tran look?

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MarvinReyes Photography

Posts: 4

Dallas, Texas, US

Hello everyone. I was wondering if anyone here can tell me how to get the Kesler Tran look in Photoshop? Thanks!

May 28 12 09:30 am Link

Photographer

Carlos Occidental

Posts: 10546

Glendora, California, US

Did you try contacting him to ask?  He seems friendly enough.

Or, is he protecting his secrets?

May 28 12 09:31 am Link

Photographer

Mearle

Posts: 915

Olympia, Washington, US

He offered a $350. all day workshop on that subject in April. ...and you want a quick one paragraph answer right here?

May 28 12 09:52 am Link

Photographer

Dan K Photography

Posts: 5466

STATEN ISLAND, New York, US

Mearle wrote:
He offered a $350. all day workshop on that subject in April. ...and you want a quick one paragraph answer right here?

What is wrong with that? This forum is like 80% how do I achieve this type stuff. With people dissecting/reverse engineering  the work in question.

Not sure if a one paragraph answer is what the op expected. In several cases this type of thing lasted for pages of posts.

May 28 12 09:57 am Link

Photographer

Grafanovitchi

Posts: 572

San Marcos, California, US

The KT look?

*Shoot in natural light.
*Use only agency models that can emote.
*Have them flip their hair and make faces like they are either having an orgasm or  menstrual cramps.
*Convert to B&W.
*Add some local contrast (clarity slider in Lightroom).
*Lower gamma in levels.
*Tweak to taste.

May 29 12 01:17 am Link

Photographer

FotoMark

Posts: 2978

Oxnard, California, US

What about his style do you like? I think the way you are shooting and lighting right now works great. The colors are really rich.

May 29 12 01:29 am Link

Photographer

Chuckarelei

Posts: 9562

Seattle, Washington, US

Why would anyone want to look like Kessler?

May 29 12 01:44 am Link

Photographer

Fred Greissing

Posts: 6412

Los Angeles, California, US

GRAF wrote:
*Have them flip their hair and make faces like they are either having an orgasm or  menstrual cramps.

That's funny as hell......

.......  the "?editorial? spontaneous orgasm look"

Not to be confused with the post sneeze chronic hemorrhoid look

Just kidding around... wink

We need a friendly roast section on the forum!

May 29 12 02:05 am Link

Photographer

The Art of Churchwell

Posts: 3171

QUEENS VILLAGE, New York, US

Mearle wrote:
He offered a $350. all day workshop on that subject in April. ...and you want a quick one paragraph answer right here?

He must talk slow. Black and white and clairty slider.

May 29 12 03:08 am Link

Photographer

Luis Aragon

Posts: 804

Washington, District of Columbia, US

LOL only on MM...

GRAF wrote:
The KT look?

*Shoot in natural light.
*Use only agency models that can emote.
*Have them flip their hair and make faces like they are either having an orgasm or  menstrual cramps.
*Convert to B&W.
*Add some local contrast (clarity slider in Lightroom).
*Lower gamma in levels.
*Tweak to taste.

May 29 12 04:43 am Link

Photographer

Jaysen R Lee

Posts: 529

Anaheim, California, US

I think his diet consists mostly of fried chicken.  Oh, and I think I saw him use Herbal Essence hair gel.  Best of luck! tongue

May 29 12 10:18 am Link

Model

Valeria Figallo

Posts: 2370

Asia, Lima Provincias, Peru

kesler tran rocks tongue

May 29 12 10:22 am Link

Photographer

Rich Arnold Photography

Posts: 941

Los Angeles, California, US

Here's a little hint: LR, curves, B/W presets and......Photoshop Channel Masking. For real.

Now go and be the best "you" you can be, not the best Kesler. He's already the best Kesler. wink

May 29 12 10:29 am Link

Retoucher

GD - Beauty Retoucher

Posts: 320

Los Angeles, California, US

GRAF wrote:
The KT look?

*Shoot in natural light.
*Use only agency models that can emote.
*Have them flip their hair and make faces like they are either having an orgasm or  menstrual cramps.
*Convert to B&W.
*Add some local contrast (clarity slider in Lightroom).
*Lower gamma in levels.
*Tweak to taste.

can i see examples of the menstrual cramps look?

how different is it from the orgasm look?

May 29 12 10:37 am Link

Photographer

Brian T Rickey

Posts: 4007

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Jaysen R Lee wrote:
I think his diet consists mostly of fried chicken.  Oh, and I think I saw him use Herbal Essence hair gel.  Best of luck! tongue

I believe he does work shops.   


Oh, and I do think that Aussie Gel could get one close to his look.  borat

May 29 12 11:20 am Link

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Grafanovitchi

Posts: 572

San Marcos, California, US

GD -  Beauty Retoucher wrote:
can i see examples of the menstrual cramps look?

how different is it from the orgasm look?

Well that really depends on the llama, doesn't it? smile

May 29 12 12:24 pm Link

Photographer

Grafanovitchi

Posts: 572

San Marcos, California, US

Rich Arnold Photography wrote:
Here's a little hint: LR, curves, B/W presets and......Photoshop Channel Masking. For real.

Now go and be the best "you" you can be, not the best Kesler. He's already the best Kesler. wink

Listen to Richard. He took a Kessler Tran Workshop, so he has the 'inside scoop'.

May 29 12 12:25 pm Link

Photographer

DRImages

Posts: 1651

San Diego, California, US

Nothing wrong with imitation, but it is better to have your own style. Maybe take part of his style and tweak it to fit your vision.

BTW,,,,you have GREAT shots! \m/

May 29 12 12:31 pm Link

Photographer

Connor Photography

Posts: 6578

Elkton, Maryland, US

GRAF wrote:
The KT look?

*Shoot in natural light.
*Use only agency models that can emote.
*Have them flip their hair and make faces like they are either having an orgasm or  menstrual cramps.
*Convert to B&W.
*Add some local contrast (clarity slider in Lightroom).
*Lower gamma in levels.
*Tweak to taste.

Where is gamma in LR?

May 29 12 12:37 pm Link

Photographer

dd photography

Posts: 924

San Diego, California, US

V F wrote:
kesler tran rocks tongue

+1

May 29 12 12:46 pm Link

Photographer

Erlinda

Posts: 7221

London, England, United Kingdom

GRAF wrote:
The KT look?

*Shoot in natural light.
*Use only agency models that can emote.
*Have them flip their hair and make faces like they are either having an orgasm or  menstrual cramps.
*Convert to B&W.
*Add some local contrast (clarity slider in Lightroom).
*Lower gamma in levels.
*Tweak to taste.

LMFAO lol

May 29 12 12:52 pm Link

Retoucher

GD - Beauty Retoucher

Posts: 320

Los Angeles, California, US

GRAF wrote:

Well that really depends on the model, doesn't it? smile

yup, if she took midol before the shoot you can never get the "look".

May 29 12 01:17 pm Link

Photographer

Grafanovitchi

Posts: 572

San Marcos, California, US

GD -  Beauty Retoucher wrote:

yup, if she took midol before the shoot you can never get the "look".

ROTFLMBO!

May 29 12 01:22 pm Link

Photographer

Grafanovitchi

Posts: 572

San Marcos, California, US

Connor Photography wrote:

Where is gamma in LR?

I was referring to the Levels adjustment in PS.
Lightroom has a Clarity adjustment, but not a levels adjustment dialog box.

May 29 12 01:24 pm Link

Photographer

London Fog

Posts: 6770

London, England, United Kingdom

GRAF wrote:

I was referring to the Levels adjustment in PS.
Lightroom has a Clarity adjustment, but not a levels adjustment dialog box.

I prefer the look of your work anyday. Anyone can blow out highlights and tinker with an image to give it that washed out look!

May 29 12 01:31 pm Link

Photographer

Chuckarelei

Posts: 9562

Seattle, Washington, US

I don't think you guys should make fun of one's work, anyone. This thread is going to be locked soon. Lots of unintended unsolicited critique.

May 29 12 02:00 pm Link

Photographer

ADX

Posts: 465

Dallas, Texas, US

Jaysen R Lee wrote:
I think his diet consists mostly of fried chicken.  Oh, and I think I saw him use Herbal Essence hair gel.  Best of luck! tongue

You can find him at your local Popeyes on 99cent Tuesday. Ask him yourself.

May 30 12 12:45 am Link

Photographer

DRImages

Posts: 1651

San Diego, California, US

Ain't nothing wrong with that. They do have some kick ass spicy chicken

May 30 12 01:00 am Link

Photographer

dave phoenix

Posts: 1300

Phoenix, Arizona, US

MarvinReyes Photography wrote:
Hello everyone. I was wondering if anyone here can tell me how to get the Kesler Tran look in Photoshop? Thanks!

If you want some serious advice, here's what I suggest you do.

Find a photo of yours that you'd like to start with, and put a shot of Kesler's that you like next to it in Photoshop. Do whatever you think would be best, and get it as close as you can. Then post a jpg of the two shots, side by side, in this thread. Or, even better, post a jpg and link to your psd file.

May 30 12 01:02 am Link

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RJJ Photography

Posts: 2

Guildford, England, United Kingdom

Erlinda wrote:

LMFAO lol

Great all this time I thought my wife was having orgasms and she was just bloody pre-menstrual!

May 30 12 06:05 am Link

Photographer

Santiago Belizon

Posts: 59

London, England, United Kingdom

GRAF wrote:
The KT look?
*Have them flip their hair and make faces like they are either having an orgasm or  menstrual cramps.

big_smile

May 30 12 06:09 am Link

Photographer

B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

Because everything can be done in Photoshop, right?





Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

May 30 12 06:18 am Link

Retoucher

Natalia_Taffarel

Posts: 7665

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

I had to look him up

He's got several completely different "looks" or "moods" in his portfolio.

So I don't get the question.

May 30 12 07:11 am Link

Photographer

Daniel Ecoff

Posts: 416

SHERMAN OAKS, California, US

Natalia_Taffarel wrote:
I had to look him up

He's got several completely different "looks" or "moods" in his portfolio.

So I don't get the question.

I did that same Natalia. Doesn't do much for me and not sure why the OP wants to emulate him. Style is so personal and difficult to polish. Even if the OP wants to copy his style, it would still look different, so create your own.

May 30 12 08:57 am Link

Photographer

MarvinReyes Photography

Posts: 4

Dallas, Texas, US

I am not actually trying to copy him. If I were to copy him, I would have to start from scratch if you know what I mean. I have an upcoming project that I need this for. Thanks for all the suggestions!

May 30 12 12:24 pm Link

Retoucher

Natalia_Taffarel

Posts: 7665

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

MarvinReyes Photography wrote:
I am not actually trying to copy him. If I were to copy him, I would have to start from scratch if you know what I mean. I have an upcoming project that I need this for. Thanks for all the suggestions!

ok

I dare you to DEFINE "this"

He's got several different "styles" in his port.

This http://keslertran.com/#/?g=71 is not this http://keslertran.com/#/?g=60&r=34 or this http://keslertran.com/#/?g=65&r=22 or this http://keslertran.com/#/?g=69&r=72

So WHICH style

May 30 12 12:58 pm Link

Photographer

Motordrive Photography

Posts: 3075

Lodi, California, US

I really like his work and chalk up comedic satire and
unsolicited critiques to jealousy

May 30 12 03:09 pm Link

Photographer

Brian T Rickey

Posts: 4007

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

London Fog wrote:

I prefer the look of your work anyday. Anyone can blow out highlights and tinker with an image to give it that washed out look!

Really?

May 30 12 03:39 pm Link

Photographer

Oscar S

Posts: 45

Chicago, Illinois, US

Wow, Keslers work is amazing. I'm a fan already. His images have such raw appeal. The quality of the models also are top notch.

May 30 12 06:57 pm Link

Photographer

- H T -

Posts: 1043

New York, New York, US

GRAF wrote:
The KT look?

*Shoot in natural light.
*Use only agency llamas that can emote.
*Have them flip their hair and make faces like they are either having an orgasm or  menstrual cramps.
*Convert to B

May 30 12 08:04 pm Link