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How is this pic processed?

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Old 04-13-2010, 04:58 PM
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How is this pic processed?

Take a look at his Drew Gardner photo:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lxotU9mJ8v..._blog+copy.jpg

I love the feel of the picture - so smooth and great colors.
My question only relates to the woman: smooth transitions from highlight to shadow. Very elegant. Look at her face and hair - and the blue shirt. Of course a softbox and perfect exposure can explain some of it. But there must be more to it. Is the wrapping light enhanced in post production? and How? That's my question.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:28 PM
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Re: How is this pic processed?

Its simply the perfect placement of the softbox directly above and in front of Lindsey Vonn that gives the correct amount of fill light but still remains directional.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:44 PM
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Re: How is this pic processed?

I often use battery powered Sb-800 flashes and an umbrella outside to get this studio look outside... and then bring it back into photoshop to finish enhancing the image till im happy with it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:33 PM
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Re: How is this pic processed?

Light source could vary, but, it was shot at least between f8 & f13. The color vibrancy seems to be the result of either Lab color processing through curves or RGB saturation using selective color.

Of course, starting with the right exposure and light placement is thee most important factor.

You really don't need soft box for this if you know how to integrate the sun light and flash. In this particular shot, the sun, apparently was used as "fill" while the strobe/flash was used as main, hence, the nice "warp" of light, It takes experience to do so, I mean, knowing the right power ratio to use giving the proximity to the subject and how clear/hazy the sun is. And don't forget, WB is very crucial for a shot like this.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:35 AM
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Re: How is this pic processed?

This is all great lighting, exposure, and color balance, very little Photoshop at all. A large scrim, like a Sun Swatter, was held overhead to block the sun on her, and then either a large box or umbrella (can't tell at this resolution), was use to light her. Most likely, a reflector was also used from below to open up and smooth the shadows. Look at the direction of the shadows on the snow in the background. If this was a matter of balancing the lighting with the sun on her, the area below her at the bottom of the frame would be lit by the sun and not in dark shadow. Also, the shadows on her would not be as dark as they are and would not be as soft edged.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:39 AM
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Re: How is this pic processed?

Actually, after posting my last reply, I found these shots of Drew in action, illustrating the lighting I was trying to describe.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:16 PM
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Re: How is this pic processed?

Scrims are the best purchase a photographer can make if they shoot outdoors. A good white silk will raise the quality of any photograph shot during the day. Many times you can use a scrim to block direct light then use a gold reflector to bounce fill to create your directional light. That way you can avoid lugging a battery pack and fancy strobe kit to location.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:29 PM
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Re: How is this pic processed?

Very soft image, love the colours. I think there is very little use of Photoshop, its basically the magic of good lighting, may be a soft-box above in front of the subject, that gives such a soft feel.
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