I've been shooting bodybuilding/fitness shows and photoshoots for a couple years now, and there is one look achieved by a certain site that I absolutely LOVE!!!
I can spot pictures taken by this person a mile away. There is always lots of contrast, with SUPER vivid color on say, the posing suits, but the skin is never over saturated, and their is never any blocking of shadows or blowing out of highlights. In fact, the blacks seem to have a "glow to them".
I've asked the photographer, he says he uses a batch action, and I believe him because he can often post over 1000 images taken from a bodybuilding show within 24 hours. The post process shows on indoor photoshoots, outdoor photoshoots, stage pics, and even just snapshots.
I've asked the rest,and from what I've seen this forum seems to have the best.
Here are samples. I will be so grateful to anybody that can help me reverse engineer this probess, ifyou can nail it I would even pay!
Here are 700 shots taken and posted from a staged event within 24 hrs (I've seen pics from other photogs at the same show that look like just plain ol snapshots by comparison). The lighting was apparently very bad at this show too...
I have about 10 years of Photoshop experience, and quite a few years of cam experience, and have tried everything from high pass filters to lab techniques, but nothing that comes really close, or works well on all images as an action.