awesome white balance?

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  1. bblaine

    bblaine TPF Noob!

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    how does paul johnson get his pictures to look like this???

    www.pauljohnsonphoto.com

    i have the same camera as him but my pictures aren't as vivid and his beach ones are so crisp and white... how???? some kind of reflector? does he wear white to bounce the light?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's hard to offer advice without narrowing down the images you are looking at. There is a lot of stuff on that site.

    I did see several beach shots, and I don't think that white balance is the secret. Most of them, seemed to have a blown out background with a well exposed subject, so he's exposing for the subject rather than the background or the whole scene. There may also be some fill light added via flash or some sort of reflector. Also, there is probably some good post processing involved.
     
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    I didn't see anything spectacular there, and certainly no match for some to the films that that were available. IMHO.
     
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    I would hazard a guess that he white balances.
     
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    He probably shoots in RAW and changes white balance afterward along with other various photoshop techniques.
     
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    Ron Evers Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    There are some truly wonderful pictures. I am not one to take people pics but I must say this has given me an inspiration to try a few.
     
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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    just another example that the camera is just the tool, the person behind the camera is what is the most important item (IMHO)
     
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    I went to the site www.pauljohnsonphoto.com | lifestyle | kids ... and looked at the pics...
    And they are amazingly bright...
    And I just wanna say - if "I" posted pics like that on this forum, there would be a plethora of responses with terms like "overexposed" "Blowout" "Blown Highlights" &c...
    I posted a similar thread days ago - re pics on the fronts of magazines with obvious "overexposure" "Blowout" "Blown Highlights" and the consensus seemed to be "artifact of cheap printing processes" and/or "artistic style"
    I'm coming to the conclusion that I should take perfectly-exposed images and then butcher them in PS | Layers | Screen, or PS | Layers | Multiply and call meself an "artiste" and charge exhorbitant fees for a photoshoot and the prints and retire to North-Western Australia with the proceeds...
    It's just amazing what you can get away with when you make a feature of it - hey..??
    Jedo
     
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    Artistic feature...
    "High Key..."
    Rough cut-out - ignore that - but seriously "over-exposed"...
    You Like..???
    Jedo
     

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    eh. i like paul johnson's stuff. it's the look i'm going for.
     
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    not exactly (also ignoring the rough cut-out)... it doesn't have the same effect...
     
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    its definitely just a lot of P&P, i feel that most of the shots look over processed (to each their own)
     

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