Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > How can I make a photo this smooth

Photographer

Trill Imagery

Posts: 126

Palmdale, California, US

What concepts are being used here? I use LR and PS.....
http://thumbnails101.imagebam.com/26497/299e15264965044.jpg

Jul 11 13 07:21 am Link

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Leonard Gee Photography

Posts: 16718

Sacramento, California, US

Trill Imagery Ent wrote:
What concepts are being used here?

An understanding of exposure, color theory, contrast, saturation and tone.

Jul 11 13 12:12 pm Link

Photographer

Tulack

Posts: 745

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Leonard Gee Photography wrote:
An understanding of exposure, color theory, contrast, saturation and tone.

smile And people saying I am mean.

Jul 11 13 12:20 pm Link

Photographer

Mark C Smith

Posts: 980

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I wouldn't say that photo is particularly smooth. Looks almost over-sharpened to me.

Jul 11 13 01:05 pm Link

Photographer

Trill Imagery

Posts: 126

Palmdale, California, US

so what would be the workflow of it. not looking for a tutorial,but just basic understanding of it. Thanks

Jul 11 13 01:36 pm Link

Photographer

Leonard Gee Photography

Posts: 16718

Sacramento, California, US

Trill Imagery Ent wrote:
so what would be the workflow of it. not looking for a tutorial,but just basic understanding of it. Thanks

It's a low-key, low to medium contrast image with crush blacks balance toward the blue/cyan/green.

Download that image into photoshop, look at the RGB histogram levels, look at the blue and red histogram levels. Look at what happens to the image when you "fix" the levels with a curves layer.

Jul 11 13 02:34 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Trill Imagery Ent wrote:
What concepts are being used here?

The main concept is cross-processing. Here's how to analyze the image to understand what's going on:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?threa … st15855107

Jul 11 13 03:41 pm Link

Photographer

Tulack

Posts: 745

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Jul 11 13 04:04 pm Link

Photographer

Tulack

Posts: 745

Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

You go to kuler and figure out what you need. This is your color theme.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/q71/s720x720/1069355_10152998184525153_1703305574_n.jpg


After that you working with curves to get this colors.

Jul 11 13 04:09 pm Link

Photographer

Trill Imagery

Posts: 126

Palmdale, California, US

Thanks guys for the help...I really appreciate

Jul 11 13 04:12 pm Link

Retoucher

FLEXmanta

Posts: 1001

Madrid, Madrid, Spain

It's all in the curves. Play with them. At first, useless suff will come out. As you repeat the the process over and over again, you'll start understanding. This stuff not about someone explaining it to you, you have to see for yourself over a long period of time so that some new brain-eye-tool wiring starts to emerge. It can take years for one to be effective with curves. Avoid looking at numbers or histograms if you really want to learn.

If you really like this style, it would help that you got inspired by the best examples of it.

The master:
https://www.google.com/search?q=steven+ … 0&bih=1255

Jul 12 13 03:47 am Link

Photographer

Trill Imagery

Posts: 126

Palmdale, California, US

FLEXmanta wrote:
It's all in the curves. Play with them. At first, useless suff will come out. As you repeat the the process over and over again, you'll start understanding. This stuff not about someone explaining it to you, you have to see for yourself over a long period of time so that some new brain-eye-tool wiring starts to emerge. It can take years for one to be effective with curves. Avoid looking at numbers or histograms if you really want to learn.

If you really like this style, it would help that you got inspired by the best examples of it.

The master:
https://www.google.com/search?q=steven+ … 0&bih=1255

Thanks alot....he makes great work

Jul 14 13 07:21 pm Link

Photographer

R.EYE.R

Posts: 2914

Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Mark C Smith wrote:
I wouldn't say that photo is particularly smooth. Looks almost over-sharpened to me.

It is massively oversharpened...

Jul 16 13 08:06 am Link

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Image Magik

Posts: 1068

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

I think the op is referring to the smoothness of the color and light medium dark transitions. You can get something close to this playing around in lightroom. Start with matching the exposure. Go in he curves in lightroom and pull down the highlights and lights a bit. pull down the blacks. Play with the shadows slider to get the light/shadow depth you want. Turn clarity up till you get some of that edge/grunge in the picture. Add a blue tint in the shadows with the color tint section:-)

Jul 16 13 08:22 am Link

Photographer

Sergei Rodionov

Posts: 867

Dallas, Texas, US

Leonard Gee Photography wrote:
It's a low-key

actually it is underexposed about 1 or 1.5 stops. Not really lowkey.

Jul 16 13 12:39 pm Link

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Leonard Gee Photography

Posts: 16718

Sacramento, California, US

Sergei Rodionov wrote:
actually it is underexposed about 1 or 1.5 stops. Not really lowkey.

1. When you want a properly exposed image and it's dark, that's underexposed

2. When you want a dark image and produce the final with overall dark tones, that's low key

The OP doesn't have the terms and the language right. That's why a understanding of the basics would help them to understand how to achieve the effect wanted.

Jul 17 13 10:20 am Link

Photographer

Trill Imagery

Posts: 126

Palmdale, California, US

Image Magik wrote:
I think the op is referring to the smoothness of the color and light medium dark transitions. You can get something close to this playing around in lightroom. Start with matching the exposure. Go in he curves in lightroom and pull down the highlights and lights a bit. pull down the blacks. Play with the shadows slider to get the light/shadow depth you want. Turn clarity up till you get some of that edge/grunge in the picture. Add a blue tint in the shadows with the color tint section:-)

Thanks alot Image

Jul 18 13 07:57 pm Link

Photographer

Sergei Rodionov

Posts: 867

Dallas, Texas, US

Leonard Gee Photography wrote:

1. When you want a properly exposed image and it's dark, that's underexposed

2. When you want a dark image and produce the final with overall dark tones, that's low key

Underexposed image is not low key, just like the overexposed image or typical silly image on white background, despite general public misunderstanding is not high key.

But thats semantics and this is not really what this thread is about, i would imagine.

Jul 19 13 05:44 am Link

Photographer

Douglas J Lester

Posts: 1

Orange, California, US

I was there when that was shoot it was shoot in natural light from a window behind the models head on a ladder looking down which is part of why it looks noisy.

Jul 28 13 07:40 pm Link

Photographer

undergone

Posts: 54

Athens, Attikí, Greece

FLEXmanta wrote:
It's all in the curves. Play with them. At first, useless suff will come out. As you repeat the the process over and over again, you'll start understanding. This stuff not about someone explaining it to you, you have to see for yourself over a long period of time so that some new brain-eye-tool wiring starts to emerge. It can take years for one to be effective with curves. Avoid looking at numbers or histograms if you really want to learn.

If you really like this style, it would help that you got inspired by the best examples of it.

The master:
https://www.google.com/search?q=steven+ … 0&bih=1255

Well- Pascal is half the master (let's not forget about retouchers wink )

Sep 19 13 12:52 am Link

Photographer

Camerosity

Posts: 5366

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Mark C Smith wrote:
I wouldn't say that photo is particularly smooth. Looks almost over-sharpened to me.

+1

Just look at model – especially the model’s dress. The only smooth thing is the tub. Most likely the photographer sharpened the photo and masked it so that the sharpening was applied only to the model.

As for the color, this tutorial will show you how it works.

http://phlearn.com/how-to-apply-cinemat … our-photos

The look that's shown in the tutorial is different from the one you asked about - but the tutorial will explain the theory and the how-to.

Sep 19 13 02:02 am Link

Photographer

Soulless

Posts: 60

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US

during the editing in RAW, adjust the luminance in the noise reduction tab. This really smooths things out nicely.

Sep 24 13 08:42 pm Link