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Old 05-16-2010, 07:02 PM
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What techniques are used for this dreamy effect?

Hello
I was always wonder what technique is used to create those colors smooth and saturated at the same time. I've seen it in many places, but was never lucky achieving this effect in the way i work.

Please give me some suggestions or possibly shortcuts.
Id be very appreciated.

Linking to a couple of images, those may not be 100% exact what im talking about but it is close to that.

http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/6733/46753001.jpg
http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/9016/13992129.jpg

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Old 05-16-2010, 07:14 PM
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Re: What techniques are used for this dreamy effec

Read his book and check out his tutorials...

http://www.stuckincustoms.com/
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:04 PM
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Re: What techniques are used for this dreamy effec

Skydog, Thats fantastic!!
Thanks a million
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:36 AM
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Re: What techniques are used for this dreamy effec

I could be wrong but there are several things I notice.

Some elements of the pictures you posted are that they have "bumped up contrast" in the base image in a lot of key places. That can be achieved with a masked "contrast adjustment layer" above the original image. This adds contrast POP to the image in exactly the places where you want it.

It also looks like they have used separate transparent color layers set to different "blend modes" to add in splashes of blue color or green color to further boost their color effects. Its a bit surrealistic...but attractive from an art perspective. Careful hand painting in an image using colors and blending modes can produce some exceptional Color POP in an image. Painting in "Color Mode" with your brush in the options panel rather than Normal Mode...or coloring on a new transparent layer set to one of several "blending modes" can create exceptional color splashes that blend in very nicely. You could also use a Hue/Saturation/Lightness adjustment layer and its associated mask to change colors... or to create extra vivid saturation in colors where ever you want to add POP.

There are also elements in the images that may suggest that the original images were taken at 3 different exposures on a tripod (one exposure for optimizing the shadows, one exposure for the mid tones, and one exposure to maximize the highlights so they dont blow out) ...and then combined into an enhanced HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. These High Dynamic Range images often have such extended tonality range that they blow away traditional images that were created with one exposure.

The extended tonality is very attractive and can produce gorgeous natural images or it can be used to create surrealistic looking images. Photoshop and other programs can get you these extended tonality images that look so extra-ordinary...and then you can enhance them even further if you want to over emphasize an element or create additional artistic effects.

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Old 05-29-2010, 04:18 PM
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Re: What techniques are used for this dreamy effec

thanks for link
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:34 AM
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Re: What techniques are used for this dreamy effec

Photomatix will take you 95% towards where you want to go. I don't doubt there is additional postwork, but tonemapping the HDR output of this application will create the (unpleasant) effect you desire!
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Old 05-31-2010, 04:29 PM
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Re: What techniques are used for this dreamy effec

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(unpleasant)
+1 Yep. If you can, avoid falling in the extreme HDR cliche. It's ugly and imo it screams amateur.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:40 PM
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Re: What techniques are used for this dreamy effec

Sorry for such a long delay with answer,
Big thanks everyone for answers and opinions.
Expacially Ray12, for a detailed suggestion!
Very appreciate!

About unpleasant effect, well, it is just a different style (yes, probably it is pop). Personally for me fashion/glamour photos looks unpleasant, but it is a good market for this, so it is just expanding of knowledge, which may be required in a future

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Old 08-22-2010, 09:24 PM
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Re: What techniques are used for this dreamy effec

Tony Kuyper has some fantastic tutorials on how to achieve something very similar at Tony Kuyper Photography..

To help with the luminosity masks Amica999 has made an action to make all the luminosity masks here
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