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Old 12-06-2011, 01:53 PM
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How to achieve this incredible post production!

Hello, I would like to discuss with you how to achieve this blury look, movement in the photo. Thank you very much!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:47 PM
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Re: How to achieve this incredible post production

This is done in-camera with prolonged exposure.

To mimic the mentioned effect would require quite a few semi-transparent, well blurred layers.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:05 PM
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Re: How to achieve this incredible post production

In-camera: Flash and blur technique. Have some ambient light in the room (such as the modeling lights on your strobes). Shoot handheld with a slow shutter speed (perhaps 1 second or so); when you shoot the flash will go off and freeze the subject for a fraction of the exposure while the ambient light will be captured along with camera movement for the rest, resulting in the combination you see here.

On the computer with an unblurred photo: Try what insmac said or apply a third-party plug-in effect such as Retrographer.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:35 PM
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Re: How to achieve this incredible post production

It's way easier to capture this straight on camera than juggle the layers in post. That way you get both the movement and warm tones coming from incadescent/tungsten haze without messing around with computer.

This particular effect is quite common in high fashion magazines.
Paola Kudacki does it:
http://www.paolakudacki.com/PHOTO/images/017.jpg
http://www.paolakudacki.com/PHOTO/images/036.jpg
though a movement is more subtle here. Exposure was set to 2 secs.

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Old 12-06-2011, 07:37 PM
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Re: How to achieve this incredible post production

Advantages and disadvantages of course. In-camera would involve lots of experimentation to it get just right but would include blurred elements of the original subject, whereas in post you might have more deliberate control but achieve less realism.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:48 PM
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Re: How to achieve this incredible post production

Well yes. You can't control it all, the direction, the spread of highlights, but that uncertainty is also cool.

In PS, on the other hand, you'd have to literally paint the whole raylights, the blurring itself would not be enough to achieve realism.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:12 PM
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Re: How to achieve this incredible post production

So ideally, do it in-camera. Unless it's too late ;-).
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:57 PM
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Re: How to achieve this incredible post production

the key to having the final, core image sharp is firing a strobe or strobes at the very end of the exposure, using rear curtain sync - you won't get the clarity without the flash to freeze your subject
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:10 AM
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Re: How to achieve this incredible post production

It can be front curtain sync, too. Just, the lights would move in opposite direction.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:44 AM
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Re: How to achieve this incredible post production

Hello, thank you everybody so much!! Particulary this retouch on this photo was achieved in post production because I also saw the original file. I will keep searching!! Thank you
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