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How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

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Old 10-26-2009, 09:02 AM
jamesbateman jamesbateman is offline
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

Manzneri, that's not exactly the best way to ask for instructions... you are supposed to massage the ego without the ambiguous criticisms in the same comment

I assume enough people care enough to ask, so I'll reveal all:

1. Quite a simple HDR conversion using Photoshop and Photomatix. This is to ensure you have a photo with a wider dynamic range to stretch. (A few previous posts in this thread have mentioned the use of, and I quote "wicked middle format cameras who got a pretty dope dynamic"). By trying to emulate this with a tonemapped image, you should have much more perceived detail. Making several exposures and merging in PS gives a much tighter HDR file which can be tonemapped in Photomatix. A 16bit TIFF has more data to play with and will withstand the battering of the AIM conversion much better than 8bit.

2. The AIM conversion (that I assume you all have go the hang of now) is just a simple action that I found whilst reading through this thread. The tone curve had a very steep reverse C shape to ensure the shadows were more defined.

3. The final process includes using the levels sliders and d&b to make sure you have maxed your black and white points.

Obviously the HDR conversion techniques in No.1 are vague and I appologise, but at the risk of being 'off topic' I would prefer to leave this out in case the thread police decide to take another crack! I'm just playing
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:16 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

jamesbateman, my english isn't too good so i dont fully understand the first sentence of your latest post, but i did not mean to be rude or anything. That 'offtopic' thing was for everyone and maybe i chose some wrong words.

Now that i look your detailed instructions i feel satisfied

Keep up the good work!
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:52 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

Hey, no worries. I just hope everyone on here can play nice We should all help each other out, as I myself have learned a great deal from this forum.

If anyone needs further details on the technique I touched on, I would be more than happy to help
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:55 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

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Thanks A Million!!!


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Old 11-08-2009, 11:17 AM
SeagramPearce SeagramPearce is offline
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

So I've gone through this thread twice, and finally decided to give this 'look' a go:

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/9...caradvert2.jpg
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:28 AM
Alex Retoucher Alex Retoucher is offline
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

SeagramPearce, would you show original?
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:16 PM
SeagramPearce SeagramPearce is offline
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

Sorry, forgot to post original.

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/3...dvert2orig.jpg
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:51 PM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

Wow, I returned after some time and you seem to progress a lot. I will have to catch up with you.

Seagram - what was your workflow? How did you manage to make those people at balcony stand out that well?
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:12 PM
SeagramPearce SeagramPearce is offline
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

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Seagram - what was your workflow? How did you manage to make those people at balcony stand out that well?
To be honest, I don't think I did that great a job, compared to some of the other stuff I've seen here. I'm a photographer, not a full time retoucher, so thats my excuse. :P

Um, workflow. I tried the AIM way, which worked ok, but it kind of made all my images look 'damaged'. It made some nasty jagged edges in my darks.

So I tried the most recent way mentioned in the thread: Screen mode & painting white. It seemed to give the same end result (as using the AIM method), but it didn't damage my shadows.

I was probably able to get detail out of the people on the balcony because I worked from a RAW 16bit file. Not some low-res 8bit sRGB jpg.

But seriously, I'm here to learn. I'm probably super amateur compared to the people on this forum.
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Old 11-14-2009, 04:22 AM
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Re: How to: "Christian Schmidt" Look

Thanks for this and to all who contributed.

Last edited by 7890; 11-14-2009 at 04:51 AM.
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