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Old 03-11-2013, 08:46 AM
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Hi, i came over this picture on photovogue and i found it very interesting . However i have a problem to find out what`s been done in post when it comes to color and contrast. I experimented with the color sampler tool, and to me the black point has been raised with no true blacks, and there are no color tint in the blacks, am i right?. But i see there is a tint, but i cant really decide what color tint there is. And there also something going on with the contrast, but again i can`t put my finger on what it is. So i would appreciate any input
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:15 AM
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Re: Deconstruct this

just experiment with curves!that´s it!
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:49 PM
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Re: Deconstruct this

A lot of the 'perceived' colour here, especially in the background, might be caused by jpeg compression confusing you.

If you take the image and do a quick Auto Contrast then you can see that it's actually very warm; brown and yellow.

To emulate this on another image (assuming you don't have the RAW) then I would generally create a gradient mask with some nice browns and yellows and selectively mask that onto the picture as appropriate, at about a 10-15% opacity.

Finally, as you correctly identify, raise the black point by increasing the black Output level from 0 to about 45 on a Levels adjustment layer.

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:01 AM
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Hi thanks for the reply. I have tried on this picture with gradient map+curves as you said. But i am not sure i`m there yet. On the attachment you see after the adjustments and before. The original is really warm/yellow because i only used the modelling lights on this shot
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:03 AM
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Re: Deconstruct this

Add new adjustment layers in descending order:

Hue/Saturation (Saturation -20)
Levels (Output Levels 30)
Brightness/Contrast (Contrast 30)
Selective Colour (Colors: Blacks, Magenta -3, Yellow -6)

That's probably a fairly good approximation. Remaining differences are mostly a result of the image not being the same image or shooting technique.
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