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Houston Costa
Posts: 4
Los Angeles, California, US


Just wondering what editing was done to capture this amazing shot!

thanks!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v41e0of97gghx60/CtB2NnqABf
Feb 08 13 09:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
ChristopherArter
Posts: 10
Orlando, Florida, US


Destructively, you could go to Image > Adjustments > Curves, then place a handle about 1/5th from the left, then drag the farthest handle left up a few ticks and watch the blacks of the image lighten up slightly.

Looks like the blacks are slightly cooled, so they probably jumped over to the blue channel of the curve window and did the same thing.
Feb 08 13 09:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
fxMatter
Posts: 91
Frankfort, New York, US


To me it looks like the shadow is being affected. I would go
Adjustments- Color Balance
Click the shadow option under tone balance and adjust the sliders.
Feb 08 13 10:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Houston Costa
Posts: 4
Los Angeles, California, US


fxMatter wrote:
To me it looks like the shadow is being affected. I would go
Adjustments- Color Balance
Click the shadow option under tone balance and adjust the sliders.

I just tested with one of my photos and you're right about the shadow, but how was the "washed out" kook (skin, set, look) achieved while still keeping the blues (and all other colors) dark and crisp?

Feb 08 13 10:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Chase Retouching
Posts: 39
Kansas City, Missouri, US


ChristopherArter wrote:
Destructively, you could go to Image > Adjustments > Curves, then place a handle about 1/5th from the left, then drag the farthest handle left up a few ticks and watch the blacks of the image lighten up slightly.

Looks like the blacks are slightly cooled, so they probably jumped over to the blue channel of the curve window and did the same thing.

Or to do this non-destructively, press ctrl+shift+n and then do what you said.

Feb 08 13 10:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Chase Retouching
Posts: 39
Kansas City, Missouri, US


Houston Costa wrote:

I just tested with one of my photos and you're right about the shadow, but how was the "washed out" kook (skin, set, look) achieved while still keeping the blues (and all other colors) dark and crisp?

Can you show us before/after on your image?

Feb 08 13 10:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Charlie-CNP
Posts: 2,556
New York, New York, US


technically, I don't really see much post work on the images you posted at all. It states that the shoes are Prada, in which most of the folks shooting for industry are shooting medium format for that really nice light sensitivity for starters. From there it is about picking the right model, the right setting, the right wardrobe, having an awesome MUA/hair, and knowing how to properly expose a photograph for the mood/tone that you desire for the campaign. If it was digital, the WB was most likely taken down to around 2000-3000k in camera to bring out those cool/white blue tones further. My guess though is that they may have potentially even used something like portra 160 film to get those colors as vibrantly saturated as they are right from the get go. This particular film is balanced for daylight which could easily produce those tones if you could manipulate the color of light on your subject.
Feb 08 13 10:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Paul Snyder
Posts: 87
Columbus, Ohio, US


I agree with some others that I don't see too much color work done here.

It's mostly affecting the shadows, which are lifted a tiny bit and sample a tad blue. 

I would lift your shadows ever so slightly and bring up the blues a tiny bit in your shadows as well.  For the skin, I really don't see much effect here.  Not sure what anyone else sees but they read a bit on the yellow side to me. 

You can do any of this with curves or selective color.  I prefer to use selective color. So again, I would lift the shadows/blacks and add a bit of blue.  Then I would increase the yellow in the yellow/red color ranges of your skin, depending on the color of the original skin color you are starting from in your image.
Feb 09 13 12:13 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Chase Retouching
Posts: 39
Kansas City, Missouri, US


Charlie-CNP wrote:
technically, I don't really see much post work on the images you posted at all. It states that the shoes are Prada, in which most of the folks shooting for industry are shooting medium format for that really nice light sensitivity for starters. From there it is about picking the right model, the right setting, the right wardrobe, having an awesome MUA/hair, and knowing how to properly expose a photograph for the mood/tone that you desire for the campaign. If it was digital, the WB was most likely taken down to around 2000-3000k in camera to bring out those cool/white blue tones further. My guess though is that they may have potentially even used something like portra 160 film to get those colors as vibrantly saturated as they are right from the get go. This particular film is balanced for daylight which could easily produce those tones if you could manipulate the color of light on your subject.

Good point, I shoot the new Portra 160 and 400 in 135 and MF a lot and it does tend to look like that.

Feb 09 13 12:21 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Paul Snyder
Posts: 87
Columbus, Ohio, US


fxMatter wrote:
To me it looks like the shadow is being affected. I would go
Adjustments- Color Balance
Click the shadow option under tone balance and adjust the sliders.

Hm. The Color Balance adjustment (even with the shadows selected) is still a pretty global affecting tool.  I don't think it's ever going to provide various more selective, local color adjustments, which is what might be more required in this instance.

Feb 09 13 12:28 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
pellepiano
Posts: 2,264
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden


Houston Costa wrote:
I just tested with one of my photos and you're right about the shadow, but how was the "washed out" kook (skin, set, look) achieved while still keeping the blues (and all other colors) dark and crisp?

A simple mask would do it.

Feb 09 13 12:37 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


Houston Costa wrote:
I just tested with one of my photos and you're right about the shadow, but how was the "washed out" kook (skin, set, look) achieved while still keeping the blues (and all other colors) dark and crisp?

Lifting the shadow end of the blue channel (in curves) wouldn't wash out the blue, it would enhance it. In the target image you linked to, the darkest shadows in the suit are well above 20 in the blue channel.

http://imageshack.us/a/img811/4711/bluesuit2.jpg

Here's an example starting with an image that has true blacks in the shadows. There's nothing special about your target image; it's just a curves adjustment.

http://imageshack.us/a/img515/2676/bluesuit.jpg

Feb 09 13 05:37 am  Link  Quote 
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