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    http://marktucker.com/Artist.asp?Art...&Akey=MPEGN7AE

    see the portrait series called ICS (international community school)

    Incredible.

    Small softbox with tungsten light and wide open aperture.

    Have tried in PS:
    Mild USM (20,50,0) to get some 'pop'.
    Col bal to remove red & blue.
    Desaturate.
    Levels.

    - Can't even come close.

    Any idea ?

    Knarfi
    Last edited by knarfi; 04-26-2009, 02:43 PM.

  • #2
    Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

    no ideas but that work is superb, thanks for the link

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    • #3
      Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

      Sterlinimages, agreed, makes me think about hanging up my camera.
      knarfi, from the images in that group I'm not able to make sence of your list of what you've tried. Sounds more like your trying to make the black and whites in another group.
      Stay away from desat. Try the black and white control, even if your not trying ror bw and just want to manipulate saturation. Use it on another layer set to luminance blend mode to adjust contrast. I think the colors come from the vibrance tool in photoshop cs4 and lightroom.

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      • #4
        Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

        Thanks for replying.
        I am very surprised that this question did not elicit more response from the group.
        I assume everyone thinks it's straightforward and easy as 1 2 3 - but it's definitely not. Because it doesn't look gimmicky or 'effectsy' everyone thinks they can do it.
        Until they try.........

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        • #5
          Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

          Originally posted by knarfi View Post
          http://marktucker.com/Artist.asp?Art...&Akey=MPEGN7AE

          see the portrait series called ICS (international community school)

          Incredible.

          Small softbox with tungsten light and wide open aperture.

          Have tried in PS:
          Mild USM (20,50,0) to get some 'pop'.
          Col bal to remove red & blue.
          Desaturate.
          Levels.

          - Can't even come close.

          Any idea ?

          Knarfi

          I have always thought Mark Tucker's work was superb. It looks like he's using strobe in an Octabank (very large octaganol softbox ) and a side reflector. Simple and beautiful.

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          • #6
            Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

            To me, those pics popped.

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            • #7
              Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

              They sure do pop.

              And you're right about the octabank (a small one positioned close) & reflector, but you can do that all you want and try every variable of distance from subject and diffuser, and still not get the right col, contrast etc. - there's something almost 3D about them, and soooo smoth, and the skin col is like a porcelain china doll - note the lack of red in the skin.

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              • #8
                Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

                Those are really great, they look to be the least manipulated of all his work. I think the basis is just very careful color balance and exposure/lighting to begin with. He's also dealing with the perfect skin of kids. I'm always amazed at how great kids photograph (at least technically), a lot less work than adults. All that goes along way before you even get to PS. I'm not saying anyone can do it, just that his technique and expertise in the photographing process is probably the major factor here, rather than post work. I would bet he did quite a bit of testing before beginning the project. They all look very consistent, not like he was figuring things out as he went along. He has a lot of amazing photos.

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                • #9
                  Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

                  ....and probably the larger format of a hasselblad or rollei accounts for much of the superior tonal / dynamic range - as compared to what is achievable on even a full-frame 35 camera

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                  • #10
                    Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

                    Knarfi,
                    Looking at the portraits again, I was thinking the same thing, especially considering the format of the photos.

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                    • #11
                      Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

                      One day i will try to be closer, just i have to experiment more and more

                      http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/9200/a00004042.jpg

                      http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/6083/a00008362.jpg

                      http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/4397/a00013022.jpg

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                      • #12
                        Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

                        Here is the first shot above in color, it is really one of my best shot ever i did of portraits [i said one of the best, and the best ever or top best], i will work with kids more later.

                        http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9331/a00004041.jpg


                        From the catchlight in his eye you can guess what i used as lighting.

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                        • #13
                          Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

                          Originally posted by Tareq View Post
                          Here is the first shot above in color, it is really one of my best shot ever i did of portraits [i said one of the best, and the best ever or top best], i will work with kids more later.

                          http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9331/a00004041.jpg


                          From the catchlight in his eye you can guess what i used as lighting.
                          Looks like the Octabank or Octa clone, like Photoflex Octa.

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                          • #14
                            Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

                            Originally posted by Wolfman View Post
                            Looks like the Octabank or Octa clone, like Photoflex Octa.

                            Hensel Octabox

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                            • #15
                              Re: workflow for these exceptional kids portraits

                              I think I know part of the trick. It is the sam method Platon used on his infamous Gwyneth Paltrow portrait. Usually small softbox on camera axis or sligtly from the side, above the camera and now importantly - with long flags on both sides. That way, you can precisely control fall-off of the light and that is what he did. He used the flag on the right side so you can see the light rapidly weaker at kids right side. That makes it more 3D. There is definitely some post processing though. Really good work, amazing.

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