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Is it lighting or post???

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Old 06-07-2008, 01:08 PM
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Is it lighting or post???

I've been playing with how to achieve this effect, but haven't really came up with anything definitive. I hope someone can help. Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2008, 01:56 PM
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Re: Is it lighting or post???

It's both.

99 percent of the time, a great end-result comes from the combination of great lighting and skilled post work. I would suggest never trying to separate the two. No amount of post work will completely correct bad lighting, and almost any picture can benefit from some appropriate post work.
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Old 06-07-2008, 03:04 PM
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Re: Is it lighting or post???

Good lighting is always the key!
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Old 06-07-2008, 03:33 PM
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Re: Is it lighting or post???

but on the post side of the photos. what did they do to get that effect?

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Old 06-07-2008, 05:59 PM
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Re: Is it lighting or post???

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but on the post side of the photos. what did they do to get that effect?
What effect are you ranting about?

You showed 5 samples and you have a look per sample... unless you mean the "high quality look"
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:30 PM
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Re: Is it lighting or post???

just that desaturated look that's in the pics.
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Old 06-08-2008, 12:21 AM
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Re: Is it lighting or post???

I see that most in the second example. To do that, drop the saturation about 2/3 of the way. Then add a color balance layer and add a bit of blue and cyan to the shadows. Then add some yellow and red to the highlights. Mess around with the amounts a bit to your taste. That should get you on the right track.
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Old 06-08-2008, 05:34 AM
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Re: Is it lighting or post???

thank you. i appreciate the help.
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:15 PM
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Re: Is it lighting or post???

if you mean the coloring:

this is what I did for each one, i got pretty close i think... of course it depends on the image you start with.

for the first one:
-add a layer and set it to exclusion, fill with #351615, reduce opacity to around 75%
-add a layer and set it to lighten, fill with #351615
-add a colorbalance layer, for the midtones add +20 red

for the second one, the one on the left:
-hue/saturation layer -40 saturation
-exclusion layer fill with #00141a
-lighten layer fill with #110823
-add color balance layer
~shadows +15 blue
~midtones -10 magenta
~highlights +5 green
- add selective color layer
~reds: magenta +5, blacks -15
~yellows: blacks -86


so basically just play around with exclusion layers, desaturation, and a little selective color ^_^
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:14 PM
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Re: Is it lighting or post???

Thank you so much. It's the exclusion layer that i was looking for. I truly appreciate all the help.
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