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Old 02-21-2015, 01:17 PM
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Sebastian Kim BW Look

Hey guys,

Just wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts on Sebastian Kim's black and white retouching technique?

http://www.sebastiankim.com/portraits/#/time-brad-pitt/

http://www.sebastiankim.com/portrait...david-lynch-1/

http://www.sebastiankim.com/portrait...sica-chastain/

Thanks so much!
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:42 PM
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Re: Sebastian Kim BW Look

I've been in love with his work for years! He's a brilliant photographer, the one who truly merges the style and aesthetics of XX-century masters with a modern twist. And just as with Lindbergh, you can tell from a mile away the shot is Kim's.

But yeah that was just as a side note Whatever agency does his post it's a damn fine job. Kudos to the team or retoucher.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:13 PM
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Re: Sebastian Kim BW Look

Lots of dynamic range in the shaddows(C1) or lifting darks(PS LR) when raw converting + a lot of DNB, some play of the black point in curves and high pass to sharpen.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:28 AM
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Re: Sebastian Kim BW Look

Great stuff. Does anyone know what these were shot with?
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:51 AM
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5d markIII, a bunch of sessions done on Nikon (probably D800/e) and I guess phase ones for commercial work... but this does not matter because the postprocessing is heavy and severely alters an initial signal output
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:21 PM
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Re: Sebastian Kim BW Look

I'm fond of his other work but these are a bit too crunchy and over sharpened for me. The lynch one is the most interesting as the texture suits the subject, but there are some very flat areas in the chastain portrait. From a bit of digging I think he retouches inhouse and probably only outsources overflow work
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:30 PM
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Re: Sebastian Kim BW Look

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I'm fond of his other work but these are a bit too crunchy and over sharpened for me. The lynch one is the most interesting as the texture suits the subject, but there are some very flat areas in the chastain portrait. From a bit of digging I think he retouches inhouse and probably only outsources overflow work
Eeek! Wrong Answer!

Impact Digital, also girl that worked there and now she's on her own, I can't remember the name(EDIT: Rebecca Handler), I also see some things from Happy Finish... a lot of different people.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:51 PM
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Are you sure it's the wrong answer?? Yes there's is some work on impact digi and other places, but why wouldn't you think that's overflow? A lot of the big photographers have their own retouching teams but you still see their work at other studios occasionally.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:57 PM
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Are you sure it's the wrong answer?? Yes there's is some work on impact digi and other places, but why wouldn't you think that's overflow? A lot of the big photographers have their own retouching teams but you still see their work at other studios occasionally.
In house is a loose term, yes there is probably a team that does the same thing over and over again, but so often, especially on commercial projects, it's the client(agency) that get's the team together, and you mostly don't even speak to the photographer, but rather the leader of the project.
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:02 PM
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Lots of dynamic range in the shaddows(C1) or lifting darks(PS LR) when raw converting + a lot of DNB, some play of the black point in curves and high pass to sharpen.
Thanks skoobey! What's the best sharpening workflow for this type of look? Do you sharpen at the end in case there's a need to go backwards easily?
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