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Studio Pandora

Posts: 19

CAMDEN WYOMING, Delaware, US

Hello,

I like the Silver/Metallic look on the skin for B&W portraits like the example images below. How do I process an image post to get this look on the skin? Details please. Thank You

http://0.static.wix.com/media/78afe1_8bd862bdd44c20d8da58d2adf0583cdf.jpg_1024

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRjVar5t8mCQ-2tnbOA9RvRIAOIRaI6ayrSxq51CmnV7cMpmMpn4A

http://blog.chosenmodels.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Flaunt-2.jpg

Jan 18 13 10:35 am Link

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Michael DBA Expressions

Posts: 3196

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Step 1: calibrate and profile your monitor so you stop wasting the darkest 1/3 of the available spectrum, clipping at the top, and placing your midpoint at 2/3.

Step 2: light the subject with high-ratio dramatic lighting.

Step 3: start with sharp images, then make sure they are appropriately sharpened in PS.

Step 34: bump up the mid-tone contrast using curves.

I note that the 4 images in your port here fall afoul of step 1, although the images on your web site do not. Whoever did the final work on the web site should be able to help you with your quest.

Jan 18 13 10:44 am Link

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B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

I was going to comment but I was too distracted by the red watermarks all over your photos.





Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

Jan 18 13 11:10 am Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

I think it helps to have dark (tanned) skin tones. If your model doesn't have them, you can darken skin on the color image. Some techniques here:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st17239809

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st17242233

This is a try using one of your B/W images, but you'll do better starting with the color.

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/6534/silverwz.jpg

Jan 18 13 11:24 am Link

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Star

Posts: 17958

Los Angeles, California, US

lighting, styling, make-up and hair

Jan 18 13 11:48 am Link

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Studio Pandora

Posts: 19

CAMDEN WYOMING, Delaware, US

Michael DBA Expressions wrote:
Step 1: calibrate and profile your monitor so you stop wasting the darkest 1/3 of the available spectrum, clipping at the top, and placing your midpoint at 2/3.

Step 2: light the subject with high-ratio dramatic lighting.

Step 3: start with sharp images, then make sure they are appropriately sharpened in PS.

Step 34: bump up the mid-tone contrast using curves.

I note that the 4 images in your port here fall afoul of step 1, although the images on your web site do not. Whoever did the final work on the web site should be able to help you with your quest.

Thank you for the suggestions. I posted the sample images above as a good example of the skin tone look I'd like to create.  On my website some of my b&w images are getting closer but not I have not done it yet. I'm looking to create more of that metallic look on the skin for B&W. I'll try to look for more examples....

Jan 18 13 12:01 pm Link

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Studio Pandora

Posts: 19

CAMDEN WYOMING, Delaware, US

Peano wrote:
I think it helps to have dark (tanned) skin tones. If your model doesn't have them, you can darken skin on the color image. Some techniques here:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st17239809

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st17242233

This is a try using one of your B/W images, but you'll do better starting with the color.

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/6534/silverwz.jpg

Thank you Peano. I'll take a look @ these threads.

Jan 18 13 12:02 pm Link

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Jerry Bennett

Posts: 2222

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Start with moisturized skin on a model with at least a light tan, add hard light, finish by adding contrast/sharpening in post. Darkening the skin with the blue channel can help too....

Jan 19 13 01:45 pm Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2282

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Yes, high contrast and and lowering the reds in the Blacjk And White adjustment layer can make good effect, especially if the light is suitable. You can also add a layer beneath the B&W layer wher you paint with additional reddish color for the skin to exaggerate the effect. ( I ike to use Silver efx for these kind of images as all tools are gathered ).

http://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/therese_II/therese_wetplate_700.jpg

Jan 19 13 02:48 pm Link

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Mask Photo

Posts: 1404

Fremont, California, US

Jerry Bennett wrote:
Start with moisturized skin on a model with at least a light tan, add hard light, finish by adding contrast/sharpening in post. Darkening the skin with the blue channel can help too....

doesn't always need to be hard light. punchy light, like from a silver umbrella, can serve.

Jan 20 13 09:53 pm Link

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Motordrive Photography

Posts: 3090

Lodi, California, US

here is one of my favorites in that style
+18
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/18019539
just lots of D&B, curves and a deft use channel mixer/b&w adjustment layer

Jan 21 13 12:51 pm Link

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Ronald N. Tan

Posts: 2746

Los Angeles, California, US

To get the look you're looking for, you need to keep the skin color of your models in mine. For light skinned subjects, you need to light and expose for the shadows. For dark skinned subjects, you need to expose and light for the highlights.

The images you referenced are great. What makes them great? The defined and contrasty shadows and highlights. the lighting and dodging/burning caress the model's faces and gently kissing them. Metaphorically, but you know what I mean.

Try using smaller and harsher light sources and experiment with distance.

Jan 21 13 08:33 pm Link

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Studio Pandora

Posts: 19

CAMDEN WYOMING, Delaware, US

http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1pmfKlTV3rUnxK3eaqKkW81EXLAVL_thumb.jpg

I tried some of these suggestions over the weekend and this is what I ended up with so far. I need to learn how to better work with the b/w layers and channel mixer it seems.  Thank you for the useful tips.

Jan 22 13 11:21 am Link

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Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Studio Pandora wrote:
I tried some of these suggestions over the weekend and this is what I ended up with so far. I need to learn how to better work with the b/w layers and channel mixer it seems.  Thank you for the useful tips.

Very interesting tutorial here on B&W conversion. Might be worth your while.

Jan 22 13 12:44 pm Link

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Ronald N. Tan

Posts: 2746

Los Angeles, California, US

This is good. You're headed in the right direction. I would add an addition local contrast enhancements to slightly tone the musculature.


Studio Pandora wrote:
http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1pmfKlTV3rUnxK3eaqKkW81EXLAVL_thumb.jpg

I tried some of these suggestions over the weekend and this is what I ended up with so far. I need to learn how to better work with the b/w layers and channel mixer it seems.  Thank you for the useful tips.

Jan 22 13 05:34 pm Link

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Fima Kurnia

Posts: 64

Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia

Copy layer-desaturate-add contras level-blending screen-and you masking with luminositi mask green chennel smile

Jan 23 13 09:09 am Link

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Studio Pandora

Posts: 19

CAMDEN WYOMING, Delaware, US

This is greatly helpful! Thank you very much.

Jan 27 13 07:56 am Link

Retoucher

pixel dimension ilusion

Posts: 1356

Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

silver efx pro

Jan 27 13 08:47 am Link