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Old 09-13-2006, 08:48 AM
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How to acheive this look

Put aside the controversy about this artist and let's discuss how she acheives this look in her photography: http://www.paulkopeikingallery.com/a...erg/index0.htm

It has been suggested that she works in the Lab color space. Any ideas?
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:55 AM
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quick look, to my eyes, looks like each have colour cast and the highlights are exaggerated
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:26 AM
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quick look, to my eyes, looks like each have colour cast and the highlights are exaggerated
Hi, sorry, what do u mean with "color cast"?
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:28 AM
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each photo looks somewhat desaturated skinwise and looks to have a deep blue cast which would accentuate the reds too. Easiest translation in photoshop is probably mask skin, desaturate a little and then use a dark blue photo filter. To accent the highlights, then over paint with white before guassian blurring and possibly set to soft light mode. Unfortunately my children are too old for a belting and do not often display this type of distress
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:32 AM
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Thanks so much for your explanation!
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Old 09-13-2006, 10:53 AM
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Do you think it's mostly done in Photoshop? Or is most of the work done in the camera and lighting? It looks like there are at least two sources of light coming from both the right and left of the subject at equal strength. A modeling light behind and another fill light in front. The skin does look desaturated except for the faces.

I like the look alot. It almost feels illustrated.

Did you see the prices for those prints?
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Old 09-13-2006, 11:10 AM
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It looks like to me that not only was good photography was used, as in the backlight, and backdrop, but also Lucis Art was also used for the skintone/illustrated look.

In case 'some' weren't aware of the filter...
http://www.lucisart.com

Randy
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Old 09-13-2006, 11:36 AM
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According to Jill Greenberg herself, in a podcast, the images were front lit, then she added "sheen and drama" in post-production. By that, I'm thinking she basically airbrushed in the highlights along with some contrast adjustments. I don't think it's a special program or any huge secret technique. I think the "secret" is lots of manual labor, tweaking and just knowing when to stop

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Old 09-13-2006, 12:16 PM
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The technique is quite simple if you have a good starting quality image.
Once you've sharpened and acheived the tonality you want then its just a case of exaggerating the highlights - particularly on the drool, snot and tears. My favored method is multiply and screen layers of the original but its basically just dodge and burn so whichever method you prefer will get you to the same/similar end.
You can achieve similar with a highpass overlay, setting a large radius will go beyond sharpening and into contrast adjustment nicely but you have less control over what you enhance.
This is just a quicky I threw together from a stock xchange image - obviously the quality is poor so you wouldnt mistake it for the real thing but it kinda demonstrates the technique.

First I adjusted the levels to get a good black point
Then I sharpened with a highpass layer
Then I adjusted the tonality by using selective colour to increase the cyan in the reds and enhance the 'blueness' of the blues and cyans
Then just dodge and burn
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Old 09-13-2006, 12:23 PM
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Nany J that is really awesome! I do believe you've got it right there!
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