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  • Getting the Onken look?

    Hi, I am a big fan of Nick Onken. (http://www.nickonken.com).

    He has a very consistent look to all his images. They look warm and a bit vintage/retro to me. Besides his love for sun flares and beutiful models I would assume his doing some kind of tweaking in PS to achieve this look.

    I have tried to replicate the look but failed. Could anyone here be so kind and give it a shot or at least give me some guessing in what he does to his images on Photoshop to get his look? (assuming he is not shooting film..)

    One thing I have noticed is that the blue colors seems very desaturated but as for the rest I dont know.

    Here is a link to a few of his images: http://www.nickonken.com/Stories/ChezOnTheNorthShore/

    This is also good: http://www.nickonken.com/Stories/MammothGirls/

    Best, J

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    Re: Getting the Onken look?

    Looks to me like Lightroom/ACR, bumping up contrast, clarity and vibrance/saturation. If one wants to accentuate the saturation of certain colors over others (say, warm tones vs cool) that can easily be done too in the HSL pane of those programs.

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    • #3
      Re: Getting the Onken look?

      Bump up the local area contrast w/ USM (10/40/0). Then apply the Pixel Genius plugin, PhotoKit Color2. Select Film Effects/classic chrome.

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      • #4
        Re: Getting the Onken look?

        I know people who have shot with him, and... he shoots film. Ah film.

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        • #5
          Re: Getting the Onken look?

          He mostly shoots with a 1dsmk3... and he certainly doesnt use just any old plugin... its more complicated than that, using mostly curves adjustments .... but IVe not worked it out yet..
          Id love if ANYONE could ballpark it...

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          • #6
            Re: Getting the Onken look?

            Would appear each image has at least one completely blown out area. I like the subject matter but the oversaturated, overexposed stuff is usually what I have to fix, not create.

            Not to mention the orange flesh.

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