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Old 02-26-2016, 02:10 PM
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Herb Ritts style help

Hello everyone, I am a photographer and I learned the basics at school but right now I would like to really get my pictures into looking like Vogue shots etc, I've learned some techniques online, it's very hard to look for this online because the tutorials just don't work the same. The result is not the same. Where do these people go to school to learn this?? It's unbelievable.

Anyway, I really like the style of Herb Ritts and that is what I try to incorporate, right now I am retouching a series of photos that I would like to look like this: http://radiosrq.com/wp-content/uploads/4-Herb-Ritts.jpg or close. Obviously my shots don't have the same light situation but I just can't get them to look anywhere near that. I tried simulating a red filter on photoshop for black and white but apparently you can't do that on a black and white file?? It's strange.

I opened the Herb Ritts image on photoshop and all the tones are within the 5% for whites and 95% for blacks which is what I always try to do but somehow the end result is nowhere near that. I'd appreciate any help, thanks.
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Old 02-26-2016, 03:21 PM
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Obviously my shots don't have the same light situation but I just can't get them to look anywhere near that.
There is your problem. Apart from that, lowering the red and yellow values in black and white adjustment layer might get you closer.
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Old 02-26-2016, 04:17 PM
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There is your problem. Apart from that, lowering the red and yellow values in black and white adjustment layer might get you closer.
I know what you mean but I don't think that's the problem, all of his pictures have that dark gray skin tone and very matte highlights, even if the lighting is different, that's what I want, a fine art look.

How do I alter those values? I only have the gray channel
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Old 02-26-2016, 04:49 PM
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Re: Herb Ritts style help

You start with a colour image. Then you darken the skin tones by whatever method works best - B&W adjustment layer as already stated may get the job done.
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:30 PM
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You start with a colour image. Then you darken the skin tones by whatever method works best - B&W adjustment layer as already stated may get the job done.
and then when do you convert to black and white?
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Old 02-26-2016, 07:10 PM
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Re: Herb Ritts style help

Black and white adjustment layer turns it to black and white
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:33 PM
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Black and white adjustment layer turns it to black and white
but I was taught it's not truly black and white that way? That you get better tones if you actually convert to black and white?
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:41 PM
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Re: Herb Ritts style help

You can convert whatever way you like, I gave you a suggestion you can choose not to listen to. It's not the law.
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:14 PM
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You can convert whatever way you like, I gave you a suggestion you can choose not to listen to. It's not the law.
I'm listening, it's just different from what I was taught.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:17 AM
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I'm listening, it's just different from what I was taught.
There's a million different ways to convert color to B&W, here's a superb tutorial illustrating a number of differing methods:
http://mulita.com/blog/?p=1244

Here's how Herb's contemporary, Photographer Greg Gorman does his:
http://www.blackandwhitedigital.com/...ty/gorman.html
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