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Old 11-20-2010, 08:10 PM
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Tony Kelly Look

hey guys,

i am obsessed with this Fashion Photographer, Tony Kelly and I really want to try to go for his look. Any suggestions on how he retouches his photos?

The only assumption I have is he uses a built-in flash from his camera and set the Flash EV a little overexposed (maybe +1, who knows), and retouches them later.

Help would be greatly appreciated.


http://www.tonykellyphotography.com/
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:13 PM
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Re: Tony Kelly Look

great examples would be the "Factory Girl" Editorial & "Alexandra Richardsons" Editorial
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:37 PM
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Re: Tony Kelly Look

just flash the shit out of your subject with on-camera flash
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:41 PM
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Re: Tony Kelly Look

.... i see a few good colour combinations ... but the rest...
I don't buy it

whenever you need to use sex to define your style... your style must not be that good

pick proper set, good colour combinations, (complementary colours and all that jazz)
get a huge flash, and you can turn the day into night (if needed)

... maybe I just don't that "style"... but hey.. the girls "sell" it
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:18 AM
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Re: Tony Kelly Look

we all have our own opinions on his photography. I really like his style a lot because his photographs relates to mine. I am a nightlife/party photographer.

anyway. i am just curious on how he get colors to pop really well with out over saturating the model skins. Great examples would be in the "Advertisement" Section, The CUSTO S/S Editorials, and TRITON F/W Editorials. Suggestions?
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:54 AM
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Re: Tony Kelly Look

It might be helpful in you posting an image that you have taken that (and overexposed) you would like to get this effect on.
Most images to me just look overexposed with high colour saturation and contrast. Maybe he does this in post with either RGB or LAB curves?
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:26 PM
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Re: Tony Kelly Look

k here is the link to my "Practice" Photos

http://gallery.me.com/newmanaf/100283

Camera= Canon Rebel Xsi
Lense= 18-50mm
Manual Mode.
Shutter speed= 1/200
Aperture= 5.6
ISO=400

Software: Aperture 3
**I fooled around with the Contrast, Saturation, vibrancy, and little bit of the exposure**

MISC 1-3,17
-shot with a built-in flash

MISC-1=flash exp comp 0
MISC-2=flash exp comp +1
MISC-3=flash exp comp +2
MISC-17=flash exp comp +2

MISC 4,5,11
shot with an external flash

MISC-4=flash exp comp +0
MISC-5=flash exp comp +1
MISC-11=flash exp comp +2

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I think its too "contrasty." I really want to bump up the colors without ruining the skin. Also, I think he uses a built in flash because i notice that most of the model's shadows are really "hard", not soft. Thats all i know.

Help would be great!!
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:55 PM
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Re: Tony Kelly Look

I doubt he uses a built-in flash. A built-in flash wouldn't create such a harsh shadow in broad daylight. He is definitely using something with hella power in order to overpower the daylight, create a big drop shadow, and blast away the skin texture of the model's body. What makes the shadow hard is that the light source is small in comparison to the subject size (just like how direct sunlight creates harsh shadows - it's a relatively tiny ball in the sky blasting down). What makes it look like it's built-in is that the flash is on the axis of the lens. This can be done with a flash on a light stand behind and a little above the photographer. You can work out where the flash is based on the direction of the shadow.

To get his colours, just juice them up with a vibrance and or saturation layer and mask out the model's skin so you don't oversaturate it. Or if you want to get fancy, rollover to LAB colour and boost the colour using the curves, then mask out the model.

Your 'misc-3' photograph looks like it's getting close to his look.
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:02 PM
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Re: Tony Kelly Look

Can't say I particularly like this style however this is a try with one of your images - nothing fancy:

1. Increase exposure by appox 1 stop
2. Curves layer with mask on flesh tones only
3. Hammer the hell out of the curves whichever way you want

The vignetting effect has not been engineered in by me - this is the result of large changes to curves only.

Could not bring myself to visit the site again so this might not be quite the look but may help you on your way.

Overall time to do this about a minute or so - fastest I have ever been
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:10 PM
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Re: Tony Kelly Look

Thanks guys for the quick feedbacks!! I really appreciate it! I will definitely try out using photoshop to mask out the skin. It prob won't be done until the end of this week, but I'll keep you guys updated.

in speaking of flash, any suggestions on increasing the power of flash? (besides increasing Flash Exp Comp) Recommend Umbrella, strobe, etc...?
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