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How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

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Old 04-24-2009, 03:39 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

coloured gradiant map?
could u drop the pic from the start to the end?
i dunno, looks cool.
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:34 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

Here's the original of one of the images, including the two gradient maps used -

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/3295/gradient1.jpg

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Old 04-24-2009, 04:37 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

cool cool cool

im gonna check out all the gradient map stuff.

anyway i did a 'try' / bleach try, right here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gkayacan/3349799658/
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:57 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

@ MacBurg: beautiful images.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:12 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

Here's my rough notes from the edit -


AimRGB Coastline...

Spot Clean
Noise Ninja Sky Mask Out Sea/Details, 12 - 4 - 10 - 0
Threshold Curve -
Whites - R 240, G 245, B 242
Blacks - R 30, G 35, B 33
70-90%


Combo Shift+f4 Contrast Mask Out Sky, Screen 50, Overlay 30, 30%
Midtone Contrast Mask Out Sky, 25%

Duplicate Image and Save Original

Run AimRGB Action
Up AimRGB Curve Blacks to 35
Gradient Map AimRGB Land & Sea, Mask Out Sky

Bring in copy of original dark sky
Mask out for just upper sky blues/detail, soft brush @ 2500
Change Sky Detail to "Luminosity" 100%
Gradient Map AimRGB Sky
Copy Blue Channel
Manny Sharpen, Softlight Mask Out Sky
Saturate Details +10 optional


After this I might darken any details in the image depending on the original exposure. Different coloured gradient maps look interesting too, but I'm trying to create a series of images with the same colour and have chosen this combination.

You can find a lot of gradients on the net, some here but you have to register -

http://ladyoak.com/

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:46 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

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cool cool cool

im gonna check out all the gradient map stuff.

anyway i did a 'try' / bleach try, right here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gkayacan/3349799658/
I like ur result)
can u provide ur detailed workflow?
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:31 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

surexposated raw
i mean there is no black at all
all the data are in the last two right block into the levels.

minor adjustin' in camera raw
white balance a lil bit more blue

import in photoshop
adobe rgb > aim > adobe > aim > adobe
curves - to taste - for the blacks
merge

copy all
go back to the original file (like u open it)
paste it on the top
select the black from the original - or at least the shadows etc - with color range
select it
do a mask with that on the aimed layer
invert

desaturate the white
crank the white

tadaa
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:57 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

These look great, very clean,very Schmidt!.
I think gradient maps are very useful (once mastered) and probably not used enough.
I still maintain the 10x8 plates he shoots will have a large part to play in his final images as the detail and texture is mind blowing! (so's the cost of film,D&P and scanning!)
Great job look forward to seeing some more samples.
Cheers,
Simon
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:57 PM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

i'm gonna shoot more like that.
i'm gonna drop few essays here soon.

but yeah, u defo can't have that propertly with a 'random dslr' i guess. or yeah, but less clean.

anyway im still lookin on 'how to' gradient maps :/
i still can't.
for the tones i uses curves and i mask here or here then a gradient on it but thats it
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

Gradient Maps are a very useful, I use them mostly for colour and luminosity adjustments, an easy way to put subtle or heavy split tone into your image. Experiment with different blend modes and you will start to understand how they affect the different tonal ranges of your image. As seen in Photoshop, the upper left of each Gradient Map is your darks, fading through to your lights in the lower right corner of the gradient. So the example I posted above with the original raw file and two gradients -

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/3295/gradient1.jpg

Gradient 1 is putting a green tint into the darks, moving through to a very warm tint in the midtones and into a dark warm tint into the lights, using the blending mode "Softlight". You can download my gradient set here which has a good general range, I use the "Advent Children" and "Washed Away Art" series the most, but it always pays to experiment, there is also a good selection of gradients at the bottom for skin tones. Gradient's here -

http://www.mediafire.com/?u3vn12ykm5m


Here is a thread from a while ago discussing Gradients Maps in more detail, give it a read -

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...echniques.html

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