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Golden or not Golden?
Old 08-29-2009, 10:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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There's a local DFW photographer who has a very recognizable style in that all his images have a very golden look to them, so ... I decided to see if I could recreate his "Golden" look just for the fun of it. Comments and critiques are welcome.



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Old 08-29-2009, 10:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Definitely has a golden look. Nice photos and absolutely gorgeous model. Personally, I think the "martysphotography" look would fair her better. I really like the second one. Looks like she's having a lot of fun! I'm curious as to how you created the back drops.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They look great to me Marty. Did you do this wish gels or post on your computer? Do tell us your sectrets!
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm curious as to how you created the back drops.
LOL. I'm curious as to what the "martysphotography" look is? If you find it will you tell me please.

For shot #1 - I used a 30-degree grid on my background strobe and mounted it on my hairlight boom. Then added a gold gel to the background strobe and pointed it at some Thunder Gray seamless paper.

For shot #2 - I used the same setup as above but, added a smoke layer in Photoshop (I used a shot of the smoke coming off a burning pile of leaves, then added it as a layer, reduced the opacity to 60%, then used the layer mask to add it to just the background).

Seamless paper is really great to work with (especially if you shoot in home studio), but every now and then I like to add texture to my shots.
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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LOL. I'm curious as to what the "martysphotography" look is? If you find it will you tell me please.

For shot #1 - I used a 30-degree grid on my background strobe and mounted it on my hairlight boom. Then added a gold gel to the background strobe and pointed it at some Thunder Gray seamless paper.

For shot #2 - I used the same setup as above but, added a smoke layer in Photoshop (I used a shot of the smoke coming off a burning pile of leaves, then added it as a layer, reduced the opacity to 60%, then used the layer mask to add it to just the background).

Seamless paper is really great to work with (especially if you shoot in home studio), but every now and then I like to add texture to my shots.
Your masking is really terrific do you have a special trick for making it look so realistic?
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Your masking is really terrific do you have a special trick for making it look so realistic?
I've discovered that the trick to masking effectively is to make sure the background you're replacing is close in value and color to that which your adding.

Here's another image where she was shot against the same gray seamless paper as above (with the golden light) ... but in this shot, I knocked out the seamless paper and added a wooden fence. If you look closely, you can probably see that it's not a perfect knockout and there are places in the photo where it looks kinda like a cutout. If i had thought about adding the fence BEFORE I shot her, I could have adjusted the lighting on her to make the background fence look more realistic.

Total image post production time ... 20 minutes (give or take a few minutes). Technique used ... standard layer mask, levels adjustment on the background to add some golden color to match the foreground (increased the blue channel). Added a drop shadow to add to the realism of the image. Clone tool to add more hair over her boobs (sorry).

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Old 08-29-2009, 09:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Twenty-three, maybe twenty-four karat.
Stunning model.
Thanks for sharing.
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Marty, I must say, I certainly appreciated your willingness to share your methods. You add so much to this forum. I'm off to chase fire engines around the Tampa Bay area today. Gotta get some of those smoky backdrops for myself.
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Looks like a hot model with a good golden tan to me. Nice work.
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Marty

Would you be referring to Mr. Crosslin ?

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