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Old 05-19-2011, 01:34 PM
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Low-contrast effect

Hi,

I am very curious is there any possibility to archieve this kind of colors and low contrast in photography, using Photoshop. It looks like additional texture was added to the image. I tried few textures and different blending modes, and my tries are not even close to this amazing image. I know that lighting is very important but maybe there is an option to archieve this colors and low contrast?

http://medithanera.blox.pl/resource/...6wqdo1_500.jpg


The other example is this photography. Please can anyone tell me how to get this soft low-contrast look? Anything I try, for example cross processing, makes it hazy, or gives me still too much contrast and too much saturation.

http://medithanera.blox.pl/resource/...434c6eea59.jpg

http://medithanera.blox.pl/resource/smoking24.jpg - that is the last example i hope you understand what i mean.

Decreasing "contrast" value in Photoshop makes my photography unatracttive
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:15 PM
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Re: Low-contrast effect

Looks more like muting color and open shadows with shadow/highlight a little
as a start.... colors are definitely shifted... you would have to figure out that part to your taste.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:48 PM
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Re: Low-contrast effect

Have you tried working backwards from the results you want to achieve? For instance all those images look like they could be corrected (to a degree) in photoshop to look 'more conventional'. I suggest that you bring a couple of them into PS and have a go at 'correcting' them by using curves. For the first one even the Auto curves gets close to a 'normal' image.

Why not post an example image of your own here without any processing and ask how to change it to mimic 'the look'?
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:19 PM
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Re: Low-contrast effect

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Have you tried working backwards from the results you want to achieve? For instance all those images look like they could be corrected (to a degree) in photoshop to look 'more conventional'. I suggest that you bring a couple of them into PS and have a go at 'correcting' them by using curves. For the first one even the Auto curves gets close to a 'normal' image.

Why not post an example image of your own here without any processing and ask how to change it to mimic 'the look'?
Thank you for your advice.

I made from this

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/1815/edytowane2.jpg

This: http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/8209/edytowane.jpg

But it is still not as soft and gentle as oryginal image (http://medithanera.blox.pl/resource/...6wqdo1_500.jpg)

Any ideas? I think that now i shuld perfom some action connected with shadow/highlights? Any idea?
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:37 PM
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Re: Low-contrast effect

When I said post an example image of your own I meant one that you have actually taken yourself!

These images I suspect are not yours to play with and subject to copyright of the original photographer. So unless you have either shot these yourself or have the copyright holders permission IMO you should not be using them.

In answer to your question try moving the individual channel sliders for white and black points vertically up and down to lower/soften contrast. You can also play with the shadow/highlight command
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Old 05-19-2011, 05:03 PM
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Re: Low-contrast effect

Here's my take on this......played with various methods lowering the contrast and toning toward magenta and desaturate and a little minus clarity in raw
and finally a gradient map at a low opacity.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:30 PM
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Re: Low-contrast effect

I adjusted the contrast with curves, the color with a gradient map set to color blending mode, and made a couple small tweaks. Here's the psd: http://www.mediafire.com/?1if183cd39ih3lh

It's not perfect, but close.
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:34 PM
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Re: Low-contrast effect

I found this action and if you play with the settings you can come pretty close
http://www.flickr.com/groups/techniq...2925085/page2/
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:03 AM
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Re: Low-contrast effect

just go to the levels and put the output levels for RGB,red and blue channels a little lighter in the dark part.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:08 AM
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Re: Low-contrast effect

i also played just a little bit with the midtone slider on input levels in rgb and blue channel
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