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Old 10-02-2006, 11:47 AM
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Help Recreate This Look

I have been shooting boyduilding/fitness/figure shows for quite a few years now, and I've really been loving the look of the pictures froma certain website out there. I've been trying to emulate their look for about a year now. I emailed the photographers and asked for tips, and they said they use proprietary photoshop actions. Very nice chaps, but they don't want to share their technique (I don't blame them)...

Anyway, here are some examples of their images. You can spot them from a mile away. Lots of contrast, but without blocking shadows or losing highlight detail. The colours are VIBRANT, but the skin is never oversaturated (and seems to have a glow to it). Blacks are BLACK, whites are WHITE, but not over contrasted.



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sample 9

More from their site

I hope you can see the similarities in the tone of all these. I LOVE it. Their B&W images have the exact same tone too. I can't get my images to look like this by spending time processing each image individually, let alone using a BATCH action!

Below is a link to a raw file of one of my fitness pictures. Feel free to experiment and write down your technique. If somebody can reverse engineer this for me, I would be SO grateful!

My 1D2 RAW File

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Old 10-02-2006, 12:06 PM
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Re: Help Recreate This Look

The images you are comparing to yours are completely different, I understand that you are looking for skintone and contrast but your photos are in a competition setting and the other photos are in a more controlled portrait setting with better control of light and quality of light. Do you have some samples of what you like in the same sort of setting?
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:32 PM
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Re: Help Recreate This Look

here is a very quick go at it - dodge and burn with level, curve, and hue/sat adjustments - with more time, a more detailed job could be done.
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:38 PM
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Re: Help Recreate This Look

Thanks LESider.
They also have fitness shows shot on stage that also have the exact same process/look to them.

I've updated the above link to my RAW file so now it's an outdoor portrait.

Thanks Migel, good attempt, but not quite there. Also, keep in mind they use a photoshop action on all their images. They don't do any custom tweaking on a per-image basis.
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:59 PM
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How do you know they use a photoshop action on all their images???

I don't think there's an action that can give you those perfect skin and those nice highlights.
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Old 10-02-2006, 01:21 PM
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i'd have to agree with godmother - just cause they say they do doesn't mean they do -- seems unlikely.
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Old 10-02-2006, 01:35 PM
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Because, I contacted the photographers that run the site.
They said they use proprietary photoshop actions to batch process their images.
The webmaster has one set, and the photographer has his slightly tweaked set.

Also, in their members area, they have hundreds of photos from the different fitness/bb shows, and they often have them posted within 1 day of the show (in addition to all the private shoots they do the weekend of the show). There is no way they could process them all individually in such a short time, with such consistent results (it usually takes me 1-2 weeks to process all my images from a show, and I still can't get that consistency).
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Old 10-02-2006, 03:07 PM
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Lovely photo...
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:34 PM
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Not sure if this is what you had in mind or not?
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:49 AM
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This was the only picture I had handy to try this on (my baby girl)...... are you talking about something like this....... the tone color is easy to tweak.... it's a particular method of using a dupe image..... change to grayscale.... change to duotone..... blur...... paste over original .....set blend to overlay.....?????

Beth
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