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Old 07-01-2013, 10:29 AM
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How they do it?

Hi folks.
This is my first post on this forum so hello everyone. Straight away I have question and hope you can help me.
Together with my friends we are trying to find out what kind of post processing use this guy www.sebastianmalachowski.pl We spend a lot of time to resolve it but still we don't have satisfied results.
Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-01-2013, 10:33 AM
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Re: How they do it?

Link doesn't work please use this one http://sebastianmalachowski.pl/blog/
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:05 AM
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Re: How they do it?

Nice work.

Depends on which images you're talking about. The bride/groom prep and the outside images were shot on an overcast day using only available light, which makes the lighting flatter and bluer than a sunny day would have provided. The exact processing steps he used would only get you that same effect if you shot under similar lighting conditions.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:46 AM
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Re: How they do it?

I know he's using only available light everywhere. Have a look on skin tone. All pictures have same skin tone and colors are so smooth.
Any ideas how he's doing skin?
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:59 AM
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Re: How they do it?

samyang 14mm + any canon slr + contrast in lr or ps will be the same nowaday shit
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:51 AM
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Re: How they do it?

gangbeng he's using only best L lenses what is probably helpful to achieve this effect.
Below you'll find raw file and if anyone have a time and want to play with this I'll be greatful.

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www.przemekbialek.pl/album/test.CR2
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:47 PM
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Re: How they do it?

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I know he's using only available light everywhere. Have a look on skin tone. All pictures have same skin tone and colors are so smooth.
Any ideas how he's doing skin?
Flat lighting. Overcast skies and on-camera flash, both of which he uses throughout, fill in pores and thus smooth out skin.

Regarding the colors, again they are not consistent from location to location where he shoots. They are consistent within a location but look very different from one location to the next. So the colors are a combination of his shooting/lighting conditions in each location where he shoots, plus his post-processing.

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Old 07-05-2013, 09:56 AM
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Re: How they do it?

He's not using flash at all apart from reception shoots. Colors are so clean and I know he's using different wb for different part of photos. He's post processing is it what I'm trying to achieve.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:06 PM
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Re: How they do it?

I think the guys work is very good, he's got mastery over smooth, detailed whites and clean skin tones. I'm not suggesting his processing is simple or easy to emulate, but, you also have to make a fair comparison. Much of his work includes lush colors and dramatic lighting that your sample image simply doesn't contain. Yours is white fabrics against a white wall. It's a shot that he'd probably turn BW simply because there isn't enough color information to make interesting. And even then there isn't much depth or direction to the lighting, etc. (While there is depth of focus/lighting between foreground and background, there is none between the subjects and background).

I know your question is specific to the processing, but all these elements work hand in hand to make the drama his shots possess.

But if you can find a similar shot by him and point us to it perhaps we can better break down his approach to the processing of such a shot.

I'd also be interested to see what you've done so far with your own sample image. I've made an attempt, but your might already be better.
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:24 PM
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Re: How they do it?

Just got to say I am really impressed with this guys work - love the strong colours and how he makes the subject pop and look almost 3d (like the family portraits - well actually all of them) obviously great photography skills but impressive post as well.... love to see his workflow.
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