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Old 10-26-2013, 02:00 PM
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getting this commercial landscape look?

hi!

i've been reading this forum (which is a goldmine btw but still haven't been able to find what i'd love to learn or how to achieve it

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lekoil/9570032581/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lekoil/10473178375/


all pictures are done and retouched by a great guy Loďc Lequere

could you help me out with a routine to get this kind of commercial look seen in car pictures? lab mode retouch? how does it get such a perfect look?

thanks a lot in advance!
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:54 PM
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Re: getting this commercial landscape look?

TBH I cannot see anything that suggests special treatment in post here other than desaturating colour and shooting originals on cloudy/overcast days.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:30 AM
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Re: getting this commercial landscape look?

thanks for your answer!

when you say desaturation you mean he could desaturate each color separetly? (not the whole picture)? this might sound silly but I'm only learning

from the guy himself he doesn't shoot at precise hours as it's often pictures made on road trips and he doesn't have a lot of time (thought he would only shoot at golden hours)

guess there's a bit of dodge and burn too?

still wondering how he gets the same hazy/foggy look on all his pictures (hope it doesn't wait for bad weather to get good pix:P)

anyone to help me "deconstruct" his style?

thanks!
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:06 AM
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Re: getting this commercial landscape look?

The impression I get from those particular images is an overall desaturation but it is possible that this was done selectively. D&B quite possible. Hazy foggy could be achieved as simply as making contrast adjustments.

TBH it is often a waste of time trying to deconstruct a style by just guessing at what post processing involved unless you have a starting point image to apply the style to.

You will learn much if you actually go out and shoot some similar subject matter under similar conditions (overcast) and then start to play with post processing to achieve either your own look or a copy of others
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:28 AM
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Re: getting this commercial landscape look?

Just to endorse Tony's comment about having a play with processing. Many of the important colour tools in PS work with sliders. Occasionally, spend an hour or so pushing them to extremes and see what happens. Sure, you'll get some whacky effects but you'll also get some nice surprises that have everyday practical applications. You will soon read the clues that suggest how the pictures have been treated. Multiple overlaid treatments, naturally, are a devil to unravel!
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:56 AM
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Re: getting this commercial landscape look?

thanks to both of you!

Actually I have a bad tendency to wait and try to collect as much info I can instead of working on the real stuff! After reading you I gave it a try ...

and I'm pretty satisfied because with what I've been learning on this forum (thanks to you all guys I tend to slowly (there are sooo many things to learn which is amazing) get the kind of result I wish for for now

I'll keep on trying/making mistake and hope to get a nice level of retouching someday
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:07 PM
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Re: getting this commercial landscape look?

Good luck and I am sure you will get the results you are looking for with some practice and a little patience. Making mistakes should also be thought of as a learning experience as you will profit from those mistakes and try a different way.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:22 AM
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Re: getting this commercial landscape look?

yep, actually I've been "exploring" for 2-3days making mistakes but it's still fun

thx!
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:57 PM
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Re: getting this commercial landscape look?

These pictures are really well crafted. It should take you more like 2-3 years
But, really, he must be using really good full frame camera, tripod, the light is carefully chosen. Without planning, just taking pictures down the road? Yes, but just an experienced photographer can recognize great scene even from the car and stop to take the picture.
The lighting you see is more like hazy day. There are clouds, but not too dense, so the sunlight is getting through strong enough to make it directional, which leads to good texture, detail and 3d look.A completely over coast day wouldn't produce such an effect. It's more like one layer soft box in terms of studio photography.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:49 AM
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Re: getting this commercial landscape look?

Reminds me of Loic le Qučrč`s work. Tried to email him, asking about he could give me some tips to get better adjusting color. No response
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