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Old 09-23-2011, 10:21 AM
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How to get this editing technique?

Hi there. I'm new to this forum, hope everyone's well

For a while now I've been trying to figure out this photographer's documentary and fashion style (as far as post production's concerned) but I haven't had any luck so far-

http://www.lukedanielphotography.com...o/documentary/

http://www.lukedanielphotography.com...n-promotional/

In his black and white documentary work I notice what appears to be a highly contrasted look, with lots of detail. The only thing I can think of here is that he really kicked the clarity up in Camera Raw?

If you look at examples of his fashion work you'll notice that he has achieved a distinct look in each photography as far as the models skin tone and just the overall editing style in general.

Hoping that you guys will be able to help me figure out how to achieve this look

Thanks in advance
Peter
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:58 AM
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Re: How to get this editing technique?

Anyone?
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:50 AM
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Re: How to get this editing technique?

To me it just looks like sharpening using a plug in like Nik Silver Efex with the "Structure" slider cranked up, or sharpening via Topaz Detail.
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:00 AM
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Re: How to get this editing technique?

To me it has a faux HDR look, like perhaps Topaz Adjust or hiraloam sharpening, plus the Shadows/Highlights adj in PS, and some form of BW conversion.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:10 AM
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Re: How to get this editing technique?

Not sure about what tools may have been used yet here were my observations:

- For the B&W gallery, in looking through the images (especially some outdoor scenes e.g. outdoor concert and also tatoo images) it was pretty clear that the luminosity of certain colors were greatly reduced while in some images it was shifted hot. Gives it a more stark look.

- For some of the color images in the color gallery it has the old faded photo look where some ink/dye has faded out. This implied some color channel shift. Here is an example of the histogram of just one where you can see the blue channel was diminished relative to the others. You can pull up the histogram to examine and sometimes it helps to change to CMYK mode and check the histogram there as well.

Screen shot 2011-09-26 at 7.46.35 AM.png

Hope that is useful.

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