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Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

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Old 11-04-2008, 06:39 PM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

yeah sorry

so basically, i don't remember who said that in a fiscus related thread, but this lead can be followed:

use a desaturated picture (under lr/cr etc) to have the tones really similar and not too catchy/flashy.

then, paint on a blank layer in color mode.
use a diff. layer for diff. color, play with fill/opacity etc etc.

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Old 11-04-2008, 09:41 PM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

She is using a bunch of spot light strobes in the Keith Richards shot. Hard, shaped light. Nothing technical and she has a great eye for styling. The Queen shot is primarily natural light with some fill; either strobe or reflectors.

As with everyone else she is color correcting the tone to fit the mood of the shot. Really nothing magic, just a great photographer.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:32 PM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

If you looking for micro-contrast, muddy, dark, desaturated...try this:
- 1 layer adjustment Hue/Sat=
Master : 0,-85,0
Red : 5,+85,-5
Yellow : 0,+40,-5
(i saw your sample images is keeping the yellow & red in saturated)
- duplicate that Hue/Sat layer adjustment, change the opacity to 50%, change the blending mode to SOFTLIGHT
- color balance go to your taste, going warm or cool tone.

this is sample before n after, since i don't have indoor images..i used my landscape image.
for me these steps gave me enough micro-contrast, muddy, dark, desaturated.

sorry for my english, if there's any mistake since i am not good in it..
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:15 PM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

http://www.dudleystudios.co.nz/clients/pcb/krbts.jpg

She is using a strobe... a softliter with a profoto head.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:02 AM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

Andyong,

thanks for sharing your trick. These are the types of tricks im (as well as others on here) are interested in
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:06 AM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

you're very welcome, E Maguyon
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:10 AM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

I would imagine most of the colour unifying is done with selective colour
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:02 AM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

This may be a stupid question but what makes you think that these are digital as opposed to film. Most of Leibowitz's work has been on film and these sort of colour effects are typical of film processes.
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Old 11-05-2008, 03:25 PM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

… oh jesus.
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Old 11-05-2008, 03:40 PM
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Re: Muddy desat look? Annie Leibowitz, Joey L.

I don't know if this is exactly what your looking for but ...

I started with a channel mixer adjustment layer, changing the color values to desat the colors a bit, and added a bit of green and cyan to the red channel.

Made second mixer adj layer at monochrome using mostly blue channel (nice contrast). Set on soft light.

Added some highlights w/ db layer

Duplicate to new document and merge. Used mixer again to convert to b/w. change mode to grayscale then quadtone. I used

Black
Pantone 541 CVC
Pantone 513 CVC
Pantone 5773 CVC

but choose the tones you like.

Copy this image back on top of your original layer stack and set to soft light. Play with opacity to get the desired effect.

Here is my before and after. Tell me what you think.

P.S. I didn't do any other retouching and did this one pretty fast so it's not perfect... I'm kinda a perfectionist.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l1.../daniel6ba.jpg
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