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William Joseph

Posts: 46

Pine Beach, New Jersey, US

I have seen several photographers taking photos and then their work comes out like this. I'd really like any tips or pointers in post work on how to achieve these type of colors and shadows. I can't really put a word to it. It's not faded I suppose, which I could change with saturation levels, and some of the shadows I can adjust with curve layers, and the backgrounds and some parts of the foregrounds I can blur out no issue, but to me I just can't figure it out. I just really love the type of post work style in these and am really trying to get something similar. Sadly after some experimentation I can't just can't get it right. Any help is much obliged! Thank you.



http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/156/9/4/white_dress_03_by_insomnia_stock-d52d30v.jpg



http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/156/8/5/the_painter_04_by_insomnia_stock-d52d3hc.jpg

Nov 28 12 09:55 am Link

Photographer

William Joseph

Posts: 46

Pine Beach, New Jersey, US

Few more.

http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/156/8/e/the_painter_by_insomnia_stock-d52d3ig.jpg

http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2011/289/6/c/the_sisters_by_pure_insomnia-d4d0lpk.jpg

http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/074/a/a/the_snow_queen_by_pure_insomnia-d4st3ud.jpg

Nov 28 12 10:12 am Link

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Leighsphotos

Posts: 2999

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Google Emily Soto...I think she sells PS Actions for this kinda thing too.

Just know that you actually have to put some effort into learning how to shoot for this kind of processing to look decent.

Nov 28 12 10:14 am Link

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William Joseph

Posts: 46

Pine Beach, New Jersey, US

Illuminate wrote:
Google Emily Soto...I think she sells PS Actions for this kinda thing too.

Just know that you actually have to put some effort into learning how to shoot for this kind of processing to look decent.

Thanks. Haven't seen her work before until now. It's close to what I was looking for in some ways, but I do have plenty of actions myself but I'm not ruling out hers. As for learning how to shoot for that kind of processing, that's what I'm doing. Always trying to improve, and so that's why I posted here just to see if anyone can offer any advice or tips. Anything helps.

Nov 28 12 10:18 am Link

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K I S S P H O T O

Posts: 596

Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

http://www.theroadishome.com/ has the look you want i think.
she had before/after action photos before, not sure if they're still on the site.

In my opinion, it's more about natural light, and emotion, if you get a story together, a good natural model, (no overposing) and just  natural light, whether it's harsh or dull, with a few curves, to bring blacks up and whites down, it will give the same effect.

Nov 28 12 10:41 am Link

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William Joseph

Posts: 46

Pine Beach, New Jersey, US

K I S S P H O T O wrote:
http://www.theroadishome.com/ has the look you want i think.
she had before/after action photos before, not sure if they're still on the site.

In my opinion, it's more about natural light, and emotion, if you get a story together, a good natural model, (no overposing) and just  natural light, whether it's harsh or dull, with a few curves, to bring blacks up and whites down, it will give the same effect.

Wow thanks so much! Love some of those photos. I definitely agree with the storytelling, avoiding over-posing, use of light curves and emotion. I can really see the emotion and posing in those photos setting the tone and really selling the images.

Nov 28 12 10:44 am Link

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xbe photographer

Posts: 167

Kaišiadorys, Kauno, Lithuania

Nov 28 12 11:37 am Link

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William Joseph

Posts: 46

Pine Beach, New Jersey, US

xbe photographer wrote:
if you understand in russia , good tutorials
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL … ature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL … ature=plcp
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I understand a little! Thank you!

Nov 28 12 11:39 am Link

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Chris Chua

Posts: 139

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I found these techniques to be helpful for me.

1) create hue/sat layer adjustment with colorize ticked. Set to soft light blend mode so you can immediately see the effect while setting the desired saturation, hue, and darkness/lightness. Adjust opacity to taste. Mask out/in as desired.

2) for contrast, you can also create a b/w gradient map, set to to overlay or softlight, then adjust opacity to taste. Again, mask out/ to taste.

Depending on the image you're working with and the tones, you can use selective color to change the overall look/feel of your image. I use this a lot for changing tones in leaves with yellow, green and red tones.

Nov 28 12 11:41 am Link

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William Joseph

Posts: 46

Pine Beach, New Jersey, US

Chris Chua wrote:
I found these techniques to be helpful for me.

1) create hue/sat layer adjustment with colorize ticked. Set to soft light blend mode so you can immediately see the effect while setting the desired saturation, hue, and darkness/lightness. Adjust opacity to taste. Mask out/in as desired.

2) for contrast, you can also create a b/w gradient map, set to to overlay or softlight, then adjust opacity to taste. Again, mask out/ to taste.

Depending on the image you're working with and the tones, you can use selective color to change the overall look/feel of your image. I use this a lot for changing tones in leaves with yellow, green and red tones.

Thanks a ton. I will try this out!

Nov 28 12 11:49 am Link