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Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:12 AM
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Question Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

How to achieve these perfect skin & clothes colours like here? any ideas?
mert & marcus calvin klein jeans
can't really get how they are adjusted.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-egz7VE9KAA...er_2012_04.jpg
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:40 PM
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Re: Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

I love their work too. They do their own retouching themselves!
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:12 PM
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Re: Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

No idea how to get those colours... Tried something, but it's not that vibrant.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:24 PM
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Re: Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

beauty disk and hard light in the first place. underexpose 1 to 2 stops perhaps in post. for the skin tone i would try gradient mapping.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:15 PM
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Re: Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

tried to underexpose...not, that's not it, curves got closer
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Old 02-05-2012, 12:29 PM
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Re: Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

If you dig through their photoshoots you'll notice a significant consistency in lighting and color. I bet CKJ is shot in broad daylight, harsh sunlight + bare reflector on flash head. If you're interested in backstage, there should be some footage avaliable either on CK website or on youtube.

Otherwise... OK, assume we have a pic shot in direct sunlight with its direction and position over the horizon similiar to these references. I'd duplicate the blue channel, paste it over, blend multiply, run shadow/highlights to bring back details, lower the opacity and tweak saturation and curves. That should take care of the skin.

Now, as for the tones, I'd adjust the curves in LAB to make the blues pop.

Keep in mind this is top notch retouching, done in some premier post house. Hence, all of the puzzles are adjusted separately, an overall tweaking is just a small part of the process.
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:16 PM
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Re: Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

insmac, you're the know-how tank. Thanks so much for your sage suggestions.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:21 AM
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Re: Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

Well thats just guessing

Check out Steven Klein's CK underwear campaign. The tones are pretty similiar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWyWJkcR92s
As you can see there was a big fat ARRI 18kw HMI that came in handy when dealing with direct harsh tropic sunlight. Apart from that, the backstage footage has got the same color grading as the stills, it may be repetitious across different software.
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:57 PM
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Re: Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

Wow! that's a kickass fat light source.
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:58 PM
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Re: Any ideas how to achieve these colours?

These guys are so freaking amazing.
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