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Old 01-27-2010, 09:00 PM
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How to achieve this look?

Hi guys!

Sorry for my first post being a boring "how to do this"-post, but the fact is that I'm really puzzled about this: http://www.aorta.se/#/advertising/8

I've figured it could maybe be lucisart, but it doesnt really look like the many other lucis-pics I've seen. It doesn't have the overall flattened out look you get with lucis or topaz, nor does it have particularly high selective contrast - yet it looks kind of painted. Any ideas?
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:53 PM
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Re: How to achieve this look?

HDR/lucis effect for sure. Excellent results in that no outline artifacts or weird gradient transistions show up. Still, it's HDR/lucis effect imo.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:54 PM
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Re: How to achieve this look?

Alot of it has to do with the original photo.
High quality, really good lighting.
Then the rest is done in PS.
Search Dodge and burn technique.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:09 PM
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Re: How to achieve this look?

Thanks for your replies! So lucis can really do that kind of stuff (even though it requires a good original).

I'm pretty familiar with how dodge and burn works, and I've tried to achieve this look with that technique (mixed with various other adjustments), but the best I got was this.

(On the other hand - my original was probably not nearly as good, it was not even a RAW. Maybe I should give it another try with a better one.)
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Old 01-28-2010, 05:46 AM
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Re: How to achieve this look?

Nah, don't beat yourself. You did actually achieve the effect. The only problem that you have now is the photo itself. Stare at one of the other photos and realize that it's not the post production part that you are missing, but the glass selection, and lighting. There is nothing better than using good separation lights for this kind of shoots. In fact, i strongly believe that Dave Hill is all about separation lights. See AORTA editorial portfolio, girl with a hat and glasses holding a book looking to the side. Separation comes from both sides, couple stops higher than key. These are very expensive photos... you'll probably need to snoot lights at every little thing you need lit.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:28 AM
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Re: How to achieve this look?

Aorta are just a couple of dudes insanely good at lighting things. They do all their own in-house retouching (tend to lean toward the more plastic looking skin) but their photos are the product of good locations, impeccable casting + styling + hair + makeup and a truely masterful control of lighting.

Flexmanta has it spot on. It's not the post processing your missing, it's the photography!
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:51 AM
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Re: How to achieve this look?

I agree with Flex and Adrian as well. You just need to study the work to realize how important a role the lighting plays in the results. It's something you can not easily do in post processing.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:50 PM
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Re: How to achieve this look?

Soon when i will get one light more then i will start to do all my best with my gear and skill to achieve something, all the time i hear it is the lighting and composition and so before doing any processing, so then i will work hard with the lighting and stuff and see what i will get at the end.
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Old 02-01-2010, 02:25 PM
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Re: How to achieve this look?

We didn´t use any particular filter or effect. Just careful lighting and then some dodging and burning...(Marco from AORTA)
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:41 PM
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Re: How to achieve this look?

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We didn´t use any particular filter or effect. Just careful lighting and then some dodging and burning...(Marco from AORTA)
You do beautiful work.

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