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How do you achieve this look?
Old 09-05-2007, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Am interested to learn/find out how would you go about to get your image to look like ( or close to resembling) the following image/images by the following photographer.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/pic.php?pid=3097321

Is it done with lighting or mostly in Photoshop? & if it is done in PS, what are the likely steps to achieve a similar look?

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Re: How do you achieve this look?
Old 09-06-2007, 07:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe I'm the only one, but MM allows viewing only if you're a member, so this doesn't show me an image. Besides, GG and presumably G! always frowned on someone linking images that weren't their own.

You probably ought to redo this.
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Re: How do you achieve this look?
Old 09-06-2007, 07:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Could be done in PS but it looks like a can of Pam, powerful strobe (overpower the sun) and a shallow DOF.
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Old 09-06-2007, 07:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks to me like it was shot with a gel and a slow shutter. -- or perhaps just gold reflectors The same effect can be acheived in PS -- although it's much easier to simply shoot it.

Rolando uses CTO frequently -- and I think it gives a more natural look than the image you've linked. Just my taste, but I think the linked image over does the gold tone a bit.
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I may be wrong, but doesn't it appear to have a little high-dynamic-range work done to it? That's very popular over there at the moment.
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Old 09-08-2007, 10:06 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Am interested to learn/find out how would you go about to get your image to look like ( or close to resembling) the following image/images by the following photographer.
first thing you do is get a model who is as gorgeous as the model depicted. plus, either she or someone knows what they're doing with hair and make-up. Plus the model really knows how to "sell" the goods. Plus she's nicely greased up to reflect light off her skin.

next, you pay attention to how you orient her to the sun so she pops from the BG and then you add artificial light to fill the front set to slightly overexpose the face. The added light can be gelled to warm and/or a warming reflector can be used to bounce golden light in. YOu also expose (and use glass) to reduce the DOF... that also makes the model pop.

in post, you fix the skin without going overboard and you warm the warm tones and you certainly saturate some colors including the blue channel to "blue" the water and sky which makes the warm skin tones seem even warmer.
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first thing you do is get a model who is as gorgeous as the model depicted. plus, either she or someone knows what they're doing with hair and make-up. Plus the model really knows how to "sell" the goods. Plus she's nicely greased up to reflect light off her skin.

next, you pay attention to how you orient her to the sun so she pops from the BG and then you add artificial light to fill the front set to slightly overexpose the face. The added light can be gelled to warm and/or a warming reflector can be used to bounce golden light in. YOu also expose (and use glass) to reduce the DOF... that also makes the model pop.

in post, you fix the skin without going overboard and you warm the warm tones and you certainly saturate some colors including the blue channel to "blue" the water and sky which makes the warm skin tones seem even warmer.


Mostly it's shot that way... and one accessory nobody has mentioned yet is a wallet fat enough to sit on to get the low angle.
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Re: How do you achieve this look?
Old 09-16-2007, 07:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Looks like beauty dish to the right. An assistant holding a big reflector low, in front and just to the left of the model. Guess would be a 200mm lens at about F4 or 5.6.

And lots of PS to fix the bad lighting.
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Well look at the shadows and highlights and you can see at least two strobes. and probably at least one gold reflector.

Large softbox above and just barely to the left of photographer:

• There is a shadow under her right breast and on her left forearm cast from her torso. This combined with the catch light at about 10 (tells us the height, size, shape of the light)

Harsh fill flash to photographers right and about 120° (probably shooting into a gold reflector under the softbox)

• Harsh highlight on models left torso. Shadow cast from her left hand onto her left torso.

The sun is coming from behind the models right shoulder.

You can tell from the "rays" poking through the cloud break in the top right, and also the blue highlights on the models right hip where it meets her hand. It's probably about an hour and a half before sunset :P

That's how you get the lighting look anyway. The model is clearly heavily tanned and lathered with either bronzer or a baby oil/lotion.

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Holy dead thread reborn.

You could always ask him...He's pretty good about telling people the basic stuff.

He *does* do a lot of post work with smoothing, contrast and saturation.
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