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The \"JT Smith look\", how to?
Old 08-20-2005, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an image that I think would look fantastic in the high key milky white style I've seen in so many of JT's head shots. I've tried several different ways to achieve that look, but all have failed miserably. Anyone (JT?) care to give a poor newbie even a hint on how to do it?

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Re: The \"JT Smith look\", how to?
Old 08-20-2005, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's all about the light and seeing the light. Reflectors are a great tool is a hint I can give you. I think J T posted a behind the scenes shot the other day that will show you a lot.

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Re: The \"JT Smith look\", how to?
Old 08-20-2005, 11:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There are variables to achieve what you are looking for. I shoot in BnW mode with my S3 when I want black and white. I am a purest that way. I don't mind giving this information out freely as I have stated before. I overexpose the image for my black and white by 1/2 stop. This is just me as many experts will say shoot it right on and post process it.

On my overexposure technique I will adjust levels to bring the blacks back as overexposure will lean towards being flat in contrast. The blown out look comes from taking the midtones out by adjusting the levels and getting the pop I like when bringing back the blacks. In PS, conversion of an rgb image you can change it to lab color and click on the lightness channel and watch it pop that way as well.

Just one side of many ways I can go about a black and white J T signature style head shot. Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the inspiration and information JT. I really appreciate it.

I gave it a whirl with the image I thought would look good in that style. It's no JT photograph, but I like the way it turned out [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Model is Lindsey from Dallas
Makeup by Kayo Okuno
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Re: The \"JT Smith look\", how to?
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Scott:

A couple of years ago, I e-mailed J.T. directly and asked for his help in achieving "that" look.

He kindly replied and said I could come to one of his seminars, and gave a couple of "vague" tips and said it was easier demonstrated than explained but encouraged me to try and figure it out for myself.

I sort of thought at the time that he was trying to get me to come to one of his seminars or that he was just a jerk off who wouldn't give out information.

His lack of "hand holding" forced me to dig into photoshop and my shooting style and to examine what I was doing versus what he was doing.

What I discoverd along the way are a number of ways to manipulate the light and images that I wouldn't have discovered if he would have just walked me through it.

I can pretty much nail that "blown out" black and white look now, not because he "told" me how to do it, but because he made me "think" about it and figure it out for myself.

Look at one of his photos and look at yours. What is the difference. How to you narrow that difference? What must you do during the shoot and post process to get from where your are to where you want to go.

I could tell you, but why not treat it as a challenge and have fun figuring it out.

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