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How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

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Old 06-17-2008, 12:07 PM
Ryan Slack Ryan Slack is offline
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

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ja i'm quite fond of hdr, but never got close this comic look tho

(here's how my hdrs look like (only the first two are hdrs, but they've been done with the photoshop hdr engine) http://cacophoty.blogspot.com/2008/06/east.html)
looks like all you need now is to bring the black back in with levels or slective color or curves whatever
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:54 AM
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

Here is a method you can try that is originally from The HDR Handbook by Christian Bloch. I have updated it for use in Photomatix Pro 3.0. I have these settings as presets on my computer.

High Color Image PRESET

Strength-100
Color Saturation-75 (Higher depending on the image.)
Light Smoothing-Medium
Luminosity-10
White Point, Black Point, Gamma-Default
Color Temperature-0 (Can be changed if you're looking for something special on that particular image.)
Saturation Highlights-10
Saturation Shadows-10
Micro Contrast-10 (Can be changed to -10 for a softer look that can be controlled with the opacity of the BW layer.)
Micro Smoothing-0
Highlights Smoothing-0
Shadows Smoothing-0
Shadows Clipping-0

Black and White PRESET
Strength-100
Color Saturation-0
Light Smoothing-Very Low
Luminosity- -10 (Minus Ten)
White Point, Black Point, Gamma-Default
Color Temperature-0
Saturation Highlights- -10 (Minus 10)
Saturation Shadows- -10 (Minus 10)
Micro Contrast-10
Micro Smoothing-0
Highlights Smoothing-0
Shadows Smoothing-0
Shadows Clipping-100

Save both as 16 bit .tiff files. Load the Color Image in Photoshop and do your normal curves adjustment to correct any problems you see. Move the Black and White Image above your curves adjustment and set the blend mode to Hard Light with an opacity of the layer at about 45%. You can play with the opacity to your liking and even the blend mode, try Overlay and Soft Light.

Using Soft light on the B/W layer with -10 (minus ten) Micro Contrast on the Color image and adjusting the opacity of the B/W layer will give a soft look that some may like.

I hope this helps.
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:09 AM
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

Reminds me of Eugenio Recuenco a great photographer.
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:23 AM
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

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Here is a method you can try that is originally from The HDR Handbook by Christian Bloch. I have updated it for use in Photomatix Pro 3.0. I have these settings as presets on my computer.

High Color Image PRESET

Strength-100
Color Saturation-75 (Higher depending on the image.)
Light Smoothing-Medium
Luminosity-10
White Point, Black Point, Gamma-Default
Color Temperature-0 (Can be changed if you're looking for something special on that particular image.)
Saturation Highlights-10
Saturation Shadows-10
Micro Contrast-10 (Can be changed to -10 for a softer look that can be controlled with the opacity of the BW layer.)
Micro Smoothing-0
Highlights Smoothing-0
Shadows Smoothing-0
Shadows Clipping-0

Black and White PRESET
Strength-100
Color Saturation-0
Light Smoothing-Very Low
Luminosity- -10 (Minus Ten)
White Point, Black Point, Gamma-Default
Color Temperature-0
Saturation Highlights- -10 (Minus 10)
Saturation Shadows- -10 (Minus 10)
Micro Contrast-10
Micro Smoothing-0
Highlights Smoothing-0
Shadows Smoothing-0
Shadows Clipping-100

Save both as 16 bit .tiff files. Load the Color Image in Photoshop and do your normal curves adjustment to correct any problems you see. Move the Black and White Image above your curves adjustment and set the blend mode to Hard Light with an opacity of the layer at about 45%. You can play with the opacity to your liking and even the blend mode, try Overlay and Soft Light.

Using Soft light on the B/W layer with -10 (minus ten) Micro Contrast on the Color image and adjusting the opacity of the B/W layer will give a soft look that some may like.

I hope this helps.
i'm only through the tone mapping and the color image's already looking awesome.

thx a lot!!!
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:35 AM
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

this is my frist try with your instructions
(i used the bnw layer on color dodge with some curves to just pitch the whites)

http://img59.imageshack.us/my.php?im...iccolorpw9.jpg
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:41 AM
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

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this is my frist try with your instructions
(i used the bnw layer on color dodge with some curves to just pitch the whites)

http://img59.imageshack.us/my.php?im...iccolorpw9.jpg
Your image looks good.

A couple of other things that may help.

You'll sometimes find that when processing an image the sky looks terrible while the rest of the image looks good, or the opposite. What I do is simply process the image twice in Photomatix, once for the sky and once for the rest of the image. Then combine them in PS using a layer mask or your favorite method.

Photomatix also does a very good job of turning day into night. Play with your black point, white point, and gamma settings, and tone map it to make a very convincing night shot before you ever get into PS.
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:50 AM
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

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Your image looks good.

A couple of other things that may help.

You'll sometimes find that when processing an image the sky looks terrible while the rest of the image looks good, or the opposite. What I do is simply process the image twice in Photomatix, once for the sky and once for the rest of the image. Then combine them in Photoshop using a layer mask or your favorite method.

Photomatix also does a very good job of turning day into night. Play with your black point, white point, and gamma settings, and tone map it to make a very convincing night shot before you ever get into Photoshop.
this is the tricky part - i'm kinda not able to really go for a result i have mapped out in my head and tell photomatix what i want.
i see the results PM does, i understand (most of) the names of the sliders, BUT still...i never was able to get to the result your presets offered me...and PM3 even got slower than its predecessor...
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:45 AM
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

OK it´s a little late, and only now i saw this post.
You ask for the Ben Willmore Settings for the HDR.
He use this.
Strength 100
Color Saturation 100
Light Smoothing (Depending on the image,you have to judge by yourself, try not to have halos in the image.)
Luminosity +10
White Point, Black Point,(play with this ones to get the result you want) Gamma 1.00
Color Temperature 0
Saturation Highlights 0
Saturation Shadows 0
Micro Contrast +7 or +10 (How much grunge look you want, higher setting give more.)
Micro Smoothing 0
Highlights Smoothing 0
Shadows Smoothing 0
Shadows Clipping 0
Start whit this ones.

Then you have to tweak Between Light Smoothing and Luminosity to eliminate halos, nad if your highlights become to bright, play with White Point setting.

Since the controls Saturation Highlights/Shadows are related with Color saturation, you can only lower the saturation, since is already high.

The rest is the same, play around with other controls to tweak the image.
Save as a 16 Bit image Tiff, and open again in Photomatix trough Tone Mapping with the same settings, and tweak around until you are happy, Usually color saturation have to be lower in the second pass.
You can try a 3 try.
Here is one i made with 2 passages in Photomatix

http://i66.servimg.com/u/f66/12/66/06/48/blue_g10.jpg
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:23 PM
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

those are awesome photos! Is there any way to do that look using just Photoshop CS4?
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:02 AM
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Re: How to get the "Ben Willmore" Look

Here is a link for very good HDR tutorial, using Photomatix, with Ben Willmore:

http://beta.sling.com/video/show/988...crets:-Amazing

Christine
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