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Old 04-28-2009, 06:23 PM
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Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

One day i will try to be closer, just i have to experiment more and more

http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/9200/a00004042.jpg

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/6083/a00008362.jpg

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/4397/a00013022.jpg
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Old 04-28-2009, 06:36 PM
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Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

Here is the first shot above in color, it is really one of my best shot ever i did of portraits [i said one of the best, and the best ever or top best], i will work with kids more later.

http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9331/a00004041.jpg


From the catchlight in his eye you can guess what i used as lighting.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:22 PM
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Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

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Here is the first shot above in color, it is really one of my best shot ever i did of portraits [i said one of the best, and the best ever or top best], i will work with kids more later.

http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9331/a00004041.jpg


From the catchlight in his eye you can guess what i used as lighting.
Looks like the Octabank or Octa clone, like Photoflex Octa.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:20 PM
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Looks like the Octabank or Octa clone, like Photoflex Octa.

Hensel Octabox
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:15 AM
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Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

I think I know part of the trick. It is the sam method Platon used on his infamous Gwyneth Paltrow portrait. Usually small softbox on camera axis or sligtly from the side, above the camera and now importantly - with long flags on both sides. That way, you can precisely control fall-off of the light and that is what he did. He used the flag on the right side so you can see the light rapidly weaker at kids right side. That makes it more 3D. There is definitely some post processing though. Really good work, amazing.
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:18 AM
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Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

BTW the same 3D quality is in the Joey Lawrence pics, Strobist internet celebrity, google his name, most of his work was done with Canon 5D - he recently switched to medium format with digital back. He was still able to get this lively look with full frame 35mm format.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:09 AM
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Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

To me, which is I suppose what you are supposed to use PS for.

To me and Im far from an expert. This looks like it could be acheived just using natural light and maybe a bit of trickery with saturation. Obviously it probably isn't but thats what the shots to me look like...

Thats my 2 cents.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:09 AM
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Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

Impressive, faultless portraiture and as somebody said above, consistent, the white balance of course is spot on with all these differing skin tones, i don't see anything really that is rocket science, the IQ of the camera/lens is very high...
Octabank / clone / umbrella, the catchlights are clearer in the Ethiopean girls image plus reflector to soften the shadow.. easy tutorial here
His other photography is simply stunning and employs so many diverse techniques and styles... i love it!
Gary...
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:41 AM
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I am still that there is something more than just perfect exposures. I myself have been working on this simple setup for long time and have seen loads of pictures on Flickr and you can not see this high IQ very often. Definitely some very delicate colour balancing.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:23 PM
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Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

I think you guys are over thinking this one. He might do a a little cleaning up and tweaking, but for the most part what you see there was being similarly done before the age of photoshop. They may be shot digitally, but they have the look of a Hasselblad shot with portrait negative film (lower contrast and saturation, color balanced for pleasant skin tones) and C-printed. This was common practice 10 years ago.

1 large light, minimal fill, good lenses with a wide aperture (shallow depth of field). Good, honest photography.
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