Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

I really, really want to know how this photographer achieves such deep colors and flawless skin. I know it has a lot to do with great lighting and such. I just can't achieve this look. Please help. Thank you!

http://www.sararenee.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/katie007.jpg

Here's a before and after photo that she posted.

http://www.sararenee.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/a16.jpg

Mar 25 13 03:13 pm Link

Photographer

ME_

Posts: 3146

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Just in a JPEG: go into Curves and use a black and white point; then adjust color by curves and Color Balance. Then adjust exposure and mask out the dress if necessary.

The black and white points alone make a huge difference. Then it's a matter of coloring and slight exposure adjustment. Maybe you don't even need that and can do it all in Curves (after the B&W points).

Mar 25 13 03:53 pm Link

Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

Thanks! smile

Mar 25 13 04:48 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Two differences to notice between your image and the two targets: In the latter, the model is surrounded by warm yellows, and one of them also has some hot red in it. I suspect that's part of "the look" you're after.

Your model is surrounded by more understated sienna and umber tones, which are much less vibrant than the yellows of the targets. So factor that into your expectations.

To what extent does this edit capture the look you're trying for?

http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/812/mimiceh.jpg

EDIT: with a dash of color

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/6997/mimic2u.jpg

Mar 25 13 05:50 pm Link

Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

Thanks! That's interesting how you made the belt red. It made the photo pop just a little more. But just to clarify, neither are my models. I didn't shoot either. Both photos are from the photographer who I am enamored by. Mostly the first image is what I am going for. The colors are so deep and vibrant.

Mar 25 13 06:29 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Jennifer Welch Photo wrote:
Mostly the first image is what I am going for. The colors are so deep and vibrant.

Understood. My point is that the deep and vibrant colors might have as much (or more) to do with the surroundings (background) as they do with the subject. Your image has a more understated background.

http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/7858/mimic3.jpg

Mar 25 13 07:15 pm Link

Photographer

Jennifer Welch Photo

Posts: 25

Dalton, Georgia, US

Ah, I understand. Thanks for you help.

Mar 25 13 08:11 pm Link

Photographer

Ezhini

Posts: 1601

Wichita, Kansas, US

Google is selling NIK software bundle for a super rebated price now.
Buy it.

Using Viveza in that bundle you are able to individually adjust the chroma, brightness and hue of any hue/chroma/brightness of your image - to reasonable limits before looking crappy. A little goes a long way. 

There are plenty of tutorial videos online to learn how to use these plugins.

Give it a shot.

best wishes.

Mar 26 13 12:20 pm Link

Photographer

Photo 4 All

Posts: 112

Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Photoshop or Capture NX can do the job!

Mar 27 13 03:53 am Link