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How\'d he do that?
Old 10-14-2005, 11:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have one of those "How'd he do that?" questions.

I have seen a lot of images on fashion photographer web sites that have these specular highlights on the skin that are specular and yet soft. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how this is accomplished? Is it done through lighting, make-up, Photoshop or some combination?

I came across one example today from a link in an earlier GG thread. The web site is: Markus Klinko. In particular his Kelis 'Tasty' images, but on a lot of others as well.

I like this look, but I have not been able to figure it out. I have yet to see it in a natural lighting condition. I am a bit weird about watching light. I am sure I drive my wife and kids nuts when we get out of a car somewhere and I see some lighting on one of them that I really like and I ask them to stop and then I stare at them and everything around them that could be giving off or blocking light. But usually when I see a specular light on someone it is highly specular and doesn't have that glow to it.

Thanks for any light you can shed on the subject.
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Re: How\'d he do that?
Old 10-14-2005, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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these guys are routinely profiled in major photography magazines. there's lots going on with the lighting, mu, styling, post, et al to produce the kinds of images they produce. they even custom built this unbelievable, digital, large format camera of EXTREMELY HIGH resolution to accomplish what they do.
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These effects are easy to reproduce. . .
Old 10-14-2005, 01:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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if you have years of experience, a natural sense of art, thousands of dollars in lighting, access to perhaps millions of dollar in studios, sets, and talent. If you had read the bio of these two you'd have seen that their backgrounds in art and the fashion world enabled them, coupled with the ability and knowlege of "elaborate lighting and digital technology" made them what they are.
As to the how and why of their images. . . like I said it's easy if. . .
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Combination of things
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Model: Inga Buketova, Makeup and Hair: Dalia Veilia
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It is studio light, excellent makeup which doesn't blow out highlights (not every makeup line handles studio lighting in an attractive way), and a Photoshop action called glow. Maxim Magazine popularized this action, unfortunately it is often used so aggressively that it turns the picture into a cartoon. Several photographers with excellent Photoshop skills have written their own glow action, my favorite (and the one I use) was written by Stephen Eastwood, a good friend and a serious pro working in New York. The best actions (like Stephen's) can be adjusted to work with a particular photograph, and have brushes which allow you to bring back spot detail (which can be softened by the action).

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Sample of Glow action written by Stephen Eastwood
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Above you can see this action taken in steps before you get to the final image. A lot of this has to do with personal taste, this picture was chosen to give you an idea about how the action works. Normally I might use this action with a far lighter hand.

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Re: Combination of things
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Many thanks for the information John.

Would you be able to share which makeup lines do work well in photographic conditions?

Thanks again,
Daryl
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hmmmm... I guess I have to find a guerilla way of doing it then [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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went to Stephen\'s site. . .
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and found no mention of this action. Am I missing something? could it be shared.
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Fish, great writeup as always.

Since you mentioned it...
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not every makeup line handles studio lighting in an attractive way

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got any references for studio quality makeup? We're working on the cheap, and I've seen where the makeup changes color or almost disappears under the flashes.

Cheers!
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Here is another way. . .
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Hold the CMD,OPT/ALT, and SHIFT key while hitting the tilde (~) this will select the highlights of the image. copy to a new layer and then you have the highlights to do with as you please. A light gaussian blur gives a great glow and by masking this layer you have great control. Try various blending modes
and various opacities also.
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Re: How\'d he do that?
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hmmmm... I guess I have to find a guerilla way of doing it then [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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i LIKE that attitude!
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