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  • How to get this muted brown look (not discussed)

    It reminds me of old movies..her name is Kariny Kiel.

    http://en.karinakiel.com/#start

    http://en.karinakiel.com/storage/bac...43f4ae4cd1.jpg

    her beautiful work is here as well:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

    http://creativegreed.com/vintage-kid...riny-kiel.html

    I couldnt find her on retouchpro, so posting to see if anyone knows how to create similar effect ? Will this be solid fill in brown with blend mode changed to color and darking of all areas except the face..

    thx -Kapil
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    Re: How to get this muted brown look (not discusse

    Few more, very painterly..( I feel that there is something she knows which I have no clue about )

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...9987321&type=1

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      Re: How to get this muted brown look (not discusse

      Aside from the fact that the images are beautifully photographed, a few things seem consistent.

      The blues and greens are desaturated, the reds less so; some shots seem to have one object in the background with the red saturation pumped up. Since the skin tones are essentially red, this gives them a more natural look, contrasted with the unreal tones elsewhere.

      The overall tonal range is compressed: no bright highlights or dark, contrasty shadows.

      Dramatic Depth of Field, with the focus of the image crisp and sharp.

      Photoshop might not even have been used. Looks like everything could be achieved in Camera Raw, or Lightroom.

      As is always the case, there's no substitute in post work for good lighting. I'll leave it to others to deconstruct how it's achieved in these shots, but you can bet she didn't try to create the entire look in post.

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        Re: How to get this muted brown look (not discusse

        I agree. These images are beautiful. Are you asking how to bring down color channels without bringing down the exposure as well? Because I have been wondering this for a while now. It seems curves doesn't do the trick for me.

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          Re: How to get this muted brown look (not discusse

          Have you tried a gradient map? A gradient map set to color blend mode might get you started on the right track. Just a thought.

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            Re: How to get this muted brown look (not discusse

            Those images by Kariny Kiel are very nice. When I try to "deconstruct" a style, the first thing I do is take the sample and return it to "normal". Then simply reverse the adjustments that I used to get to normal and apply them to a different normal image and see how close it matches.

            Working on a couple of couple of Kariny's images, I used two adjustment layers. First I used an "S Curve" (in Luminosity mode) to increase contrast until I had brighter highlights and darker shadows. Then I reset the white balance with a Curves layer, using the gray eyedropper on some area of the image that I could best guess was probably neutral in the real scene.

            The white balance Curves adjustment showed a red channel that was pulled slightly down and a blue channel pulled slightly up. The green channel was virtually unchanged.

            So, on a normal image I applied a reverse S-curve and then another Curves adjustment with the red and blue channels pulled in the opposite direction. Pull the red channel up and the blue channel down. Those two simple adjustments get me pretty close to the Kariny style. Of course, it depends on the starting point of the "normal" image. I used normal images from my library where I knew the exposure, contrast, and white balance were very good.

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              Re: How to get this muted brown look (not discusse

              Thanks all for the tips. Will report back how it goes.

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