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Old 04-07-2008, 11:25 PM
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Re: How to: "Annie leibovitz' Queen Elizabeth" loo

Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
Think of her as more like a film director rather than a pure photographer. That would make it easier.
Gotta disagree here. You ever check out her book A photographer's life 1990-2005? That's only just 15 years and she has been shooting for much longer than that. She's most likely made more exposures than half the other 'legends'. True artists need not be techno nerds, especially in this day and age. There is more to photography than perfect exposure, etc. Sure, we all know she has teams of crew and that often she may only just come into the set and press the shutter, but it's more than that. You may work on selects that she shot that are less than perfect technically, but they were chosen for other than that. Plus, what artist isn't striving for perfection, whether it's capturing the moment or finalizing the ultimate vision be it the art directors', photo editors' or hers. "I want to because we can and it's expected of me." je refuse! non. no one else is. I'm rambling and incoherent. oh well.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:30 PM
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Hey, I love her stuff. The Sopranos portraits in Vanity fair last year were fantastic. I've enjoyed her stuff since '69 or so, when she covered the Rolling Stones tour for RS. And I guess I'm talking out of the wrong end since I've never seen her work, so, I'm outta heya. Good night.
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Old 04-09-2008, 09:52 PM
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that really didnt make any sense. But, if you are seriously comparing AL to Michaelangelo, then your on crack. lets do apples to apples here, im sure michaelangelo didnt roll in with a Dewalt air compressor and a wagner spray gun, and a bunch of $5/hr assistants, shoot the ceiling, with a base coat and then hand the rest of the job off to a retoucher to finish it off. That guy gets props becasue he did it all himself. Word around the campfire is that he made the red color in the paint with his own blood, and the browns were made from his....well you get the point. None the less, those two clowns arent even in the same league, sport, or arena for that matter.

But to get back on track, nobody still has answered the original question anyway.
Do you really believe Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel himself? That man used a bigger team than AL
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:03 PM
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kris, you may know my friend/past co-worker Trevor B?
not sure ant... why would kris know me?
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:17 PM
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Here are some new shots and behind the scenes of Annie's Leibovitz work...Enjoy.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:48 AM
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Re: How to: "Annie leibovitz' Queen Elizabeth" loo

she had taken the backgrounds separate the day's before while scouting, this was in the gardens...she would have wished the queen would go outside with her robe, but no...but in the end she photographed the queen in front of a grey canvas in one of the chambers ...remember she had only 25 minutes for this whole private time for change either...the queen started with 3 layers of clothings and with every set took one garment of....

I'm still very curious about the colour use....


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Old 05-29-2009, 03:16 AM
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I find it a bit strange. In the shot where she asked the queen to take of her helmet, there didn't seem to be a huge elaborate lighting setup, unless I am missing something. She was by a large opened door.

So I would say there was a lot of retouching on this shot to get the look. I am far from an expert tho and I suppose this is a question, not a statement...

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Old 12-08-2011, 05:14 PM
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Re: How to: "Annie leibovitz' Queen Elizabeth" loo

Originally Posted by PatrickB View Post
Millions of people paint their appartments when they move houses.

Thousands of people make a living as a house painter.

But there was only one Michelangelo...

I wonder how many people who just finished painting their apartment look at the paint-bucket, see there is some color left and then go to the internet and ask "Hey, how do I make a Leonardo da Vinci painting?"
this type of response goes without saying. This is a forum for retouching, this should be an expected question and help for people trying to reach work that is highly valued in the community wether its to your taste or not. at least this response is clever but theres a lot of this here.

THE ORIGINAL QUESTION since every post has really little to do with it:
how to achieve
greenish/brown/golden look of the image.

a very respectable question on color grading

also shouldn't be so much debate about if theres post work or not, there is , a lot of it on all her stuff. even if there wasn't theres a way to do it in photoshop.

I personally cant do it to a point im content with so I cant help here and if I could I wouldn't be on this site anyway because Id have the answer.

in plenty of posts on here people happily share tidbits and even some screenshots on possible solutions to get closer to a color grade. Yes it will take time to learn and get good at even if someone on here knows the exact recipe.

she doesnt really do anything that out of the ordinary as far as the color and plenty of other photographers use the same color grading. yet there is surprising very little reliable guides to the best course in getting there. Lots of bad ones out there though. and box cant be the only place that knows these things Ive even seen new unknown photographers that have been close enough.

Annie and other portrait photographers like her use color grading common with movies and there seems to be plenty of colorists that know those basic grades. doesn't mean they can do them as well or the same but it helps them in the market and they can either choose to just mimic or take that knowledge and grow from it and find how these tools best can be used in their work.

It would be nice to find a resource that offers a good tutorial for that renaissance painting style coloring that is on the right path. or even if theres other cinematic color tutorials that are out there and available that dont require the use of of buying some filter.

if you dont know, dont care, or simply dont want to share thats all fine, just dont post.

how to get a greenish/brown golden color grade to your image seems like a perfectly good and would be helpful question.

maybe lets take the Annie Leibovitz part out and just focus on the image color, assuming you've got your 1d, prosoft lighter on hand, its a well exposed raw key lit by the window on a semi cloudy day and you've dodged and burned it to where you like the tone, holy crap, that sort of Leibovitz/...but you just aren't happy with the color....

what to do what to do, ive got those curves, thats not working right, some selective color and saturation, nope.. mask this? nope. Gradient map?
Im missing something basic here,maybe over thinking, maybe not enough, wtf is it... oh heres a retouch pro topic, thats usually helpful...


could be ...

we've all learned in different ways, some technically trained, others from experience and sometimes it just helps to have some guidelines to go with so you know you're on the right track. if in the process you help some punk who's never used a camera in their life but found this site, don't be a grump, be a teacher. and I don't know about you but getting smacked by a teacher with a ruler didnt help me a damn bit.

rant complete.

golden/brown, Renaissance. lets do this
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:19 PM
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Re: How to: "Annie leibovitz' Queen Elizabeth" loo

Randomly just came across this tutorial. Their end result goes a bit too far for my taste especially in the skin and hair but the landscape and the clothing looks pretty good. I havent done it yet but as a tutorial it seems to give you a lot to work with for that painting style light and although it looks like the resource pieces already have gone through adjustments they dont show that youd have to do in your own work.
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