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Old 08-18-2011, 04:26 PM
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Suggestions on photographers PP technique?

So ... I'm in love with this wedding photogs work. Specifically this post she just put up:

http://www.sammblakeblog.com/wedding...el-and-matthew

I understand that A LOT of the look of her images is great lighting in-camera to start out. This is essential. So keeping that in mind, let's pretend we have an image with nice shaping, contrasty light ... and we want our PP to look very similar to hers.

I'm wondering how her skin tones look so vibrant but still desaturated, and how she could batch her photos like this without selective desaturation (her formspring tells us she uses lightroom for basic color, and then batches through photoshop for other 'magic').

I'm aware of the following methods of desaturating skintones in an image without being selective:

1. select red channel, new layer, fill with white, adjust opacity
2. hue/saturation adjustment layer, play with sliders
3. layer copy, desaturate, find a blending mode that suits your needs

and I'm sure there's plenty more ..

But it's not just the desaturation of the skin tones that I love ... it's also the wash, tinting, and control over the highlight areas.

I've been playing around with curves and levels adjustment layers to do this:

1. curves adjustment layer, stack points up on the shadow side, and pull the entire hightlight side down to say 210. levels adjustment layer, pull the highlight output level down a lot alot.

all this seems to do is darken the image and lose detail.

How do I retain detail, desaturate skin tones, and tint my image to looks like hers?

anyone want to take a crack at this?
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:33 PM
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Re: Suggestions on photographers PP technique?

Can I suggest you pick out a few images from that page and post the direct links to them, I have a slow connection and got bored of waiting for 100 images to load, from what I did see there is a mix of image styles going on there.
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:06 AM
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Re: Suggestions on photographers PP technique?

have you tried increasing the vibrance and decreasing the saturation in camera raw?
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:52 PM
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Re: Suggestions on photographers PP technique?

If you are using Lightroom, here is my suggestion: Lower the saturation, raise the vibrance, play around with the SPLIT TONING and tone curve until you get the right look. Save as a preset for the rest of your images.

The main thing I am getting from this is a sort of split-toning with a peach color in the highlights and a indigo color in the shadows. There are other ways to achieve that effect in photoshop(gradient map, etc.) but lightroom will probably do the trick most efficiently for large batches of files.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:36 PM
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Re: Suggestions on photographers PP technique?

A couple of these lightroom presets are similar to the look you want:
http://www.presetsheaven.com/2009/10...w-your-photos/
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:32 AM
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Re: Suggestions on photographers PP technique?

I believe she's using alienskin exposure as a plug in. a lot of her photos match the exact effects that you can achieve with AE
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