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Old 10-25-2010, 11:04 AM
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Isolated effect/muted tones?

Hey everyone. I'm usually a lurker but I couldn't help but ask you guys a "how to achieve this effect" question...

Check this guy's flickr out.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/benoitpaille/5029534277/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/benoitpaille/4955871521/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/benoitpaille/4911020510/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/benoitpaille/4911506246/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/benoitpaille/5020779685/

I love how he isolates his subjects. I can't help but think he rarely uses off camera lighting but it's the way he processes his photos. I'm proficient with photoshop and strobist photography and I just love how his photos have that sort of medium format feel to them. A slight tint with vibrant colors while still having that muted effect to them. His photos lack that deep black contrast but make it up with even tones that resemble film.

He occasionally shoots with medium format but lately, a lot of his stuff has been taken with a 5DMKII and shot wide open using primes.

Some of his stuff, I can see slight dodging and burning but as a whole, he's done extremely well. For measurebators and PS gurus out there, do you guys have any idea how to achieve similar results?
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:50 AM
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Re: Isolated effect/muted tones?

I figured I'd try and edit one of my own photos and see if it sort of matched something that he'd put out. Though, the lighting in my photo is very flat in comparison to his.

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/7371/img0345benoitp.jpg

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Old 10-25-2010, 04:13 PM
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I figured I'd try and edit one of my own photos and see if it sort of matched something that he'd put out. Though, the lighting in my photo is very flat in comparison to his.

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/7371/img0345benoitp.jpg
This is a very nice job, although a bit different.

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Old 10-25-2010, 04:31 PM
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This is a very nice job, although a bit different.
Thank you! I agree, too. I can't put my head around his muted exposure/tones and the way he works with color and clarity. I suppose selective coloring and sharpening can play a big role in his work flow but his stuff is just awesome.

I really love his work.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:39 PM
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Re: Isolated effect/muted tones?

A big part of the look to these images, especially the full body environmental portraits, is in the use of medium format, and film for that matter. As you go up in sensor or film size, 6x4.5 then 6x7 and on into 4x5, your depth of field decreases at the same subject distance if you were to use a matching focal length for each format. This gives a lovely roll into and out of focus that smaller formats like 35mm just can't replicate, and combined with the use of a low contrast film, gives you a nice subtle range of tones.

The images he has shot for the "Rainbow Gathering" series are very cool, he is shooting a lot of these just after the sun has gone down, so in shade but still with a directional light from the brightness of where the sun has just disappeared. There was a thread here just last week asking about the same images -

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...any-ideas.html

and as pointed out there it's also a good combination of colour and selective D&B...
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:26 PM
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A big part of the look to these images, especially the full body environmental portraits, is in the use of medium format, and film for that matter. As you go up in sensor or film size, 6x4.5 then 6x7 and on into 4x5, your depth of field decreases at the same subject distance if you were to use a matching focal length for each format. This gives a lovely roll into and out of focus that smaller formats like 35mm just can't replicate, and combined with the use of a low contrast film, gives you a nice subtle range of tones.

The images he has shot for the "Rainbow Gathering" series are very cool, he is shooting a lot of these just after the sun has gone down, so in shade but still with a directional light from the brightness of where the sun has just disappeared. There was a thread here just last week asking about the same images -

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...any-ideas.html

and as pointed out there it's also a good combination of colour and selective D&B...
I agree on the effect of larger formats and it's true that it's quite hard to replicate their quality, especially DoF. Though, it is possible by stitching multiple 35mm shots together. Just look up the Brenizer Method. Pretty cool.

About Benoit's photos, a lot of his photos were taken with a 5D Mark II and a 35mm f/1.4L lens so his processing skills are definitely giving off that lovely 3 dimensional look.

I've racked my brains on how he processed his photos and I've tried adding colored gradients, increasing certain colors, dodge & burned as well as dodging and burning with different colors set to screen/lighten to give off selected light bleed from nearby ambient lighting. Lots of goofing around and I feel there's more to it...

Who knows! Maybe it's more simpler than I think...

Here's a quickie I came up with. It lacks that flow & glow his does but there's some selective coloring thrown in there.

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/1272/img4758o.jpg

Mine was shot with a 5D + 50mm f/1.4 wide open in the Philippines.
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:19 AM
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Re: Isolated effect/muted tones?

I will work to achieve this effect as i can.
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Re: Isolated effect/muted tones?

Bro, check out the Surreal and Hard Light effects at the links below. Are any of those close to what you are looking for?
http://www.photoeffects.biz/colors.html
http://photoshopmag.net/gavin-philli...ctions-review/
Regards, Murray
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:22 AM
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I will work to achieve this effect as i can.
Sweet! I'm interested to see what you'll come up with!

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Bro, check out the Surreal and Hard Light effects at the links below. Are any of those close to what you are looking for?
http://www.photoeffects.biz/colors.html
http://photoshopmag.net/gavin-philli...ctions-review/
Regards, Murray
Thanks for the links! Unfortunately, they're not what I'm looking for. :/ I suppose most of Benoit's photos can be assisted with actions (desaturate skin tones and increase vibrance in the blues & greens) but the majority of the work seems to be painted on or dodged & burned.

I'll try and work on another photo and do more tests to see if I can get something similar...
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:56 PM
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Re: Isolated effect/muted tones?

Hi, i do not know exactly how he reach that effect but if u have a very good lens, suppose a 50mm 1.2f u will obtain a very nice sharp image.

I think a good way to reach that effect can be a multiple raw editing way using "open ad object" in Photoshop via Camera Raw. In this way u can work every single part of the image and mask the final composite in Photoshop. As u know Camera Raw offers a better quality color correction than Photoshop it self.
U can use the split tones to give some color to the shadows and the highlights directly in CR (Camera Raw). U can try to obtain a similar effect in PS using Curves on separate chanels or tweeking colors with Selective Color adj layer for each part of your image.

Sharpen all with High Pass filter or your preferd way for sharpening. Some D&B using 50% greu level, maybe some desaturated chanel (mostly the blue one) in soft light mode (Dragan) and u're done.

The final result depends so much on the lighting quality of the image.
I love so much the shots of that photographer. Thanks for sharing.

Martin
www.creativeproshow.com
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