How did they achieve this look

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  1. Evertking

    Evertking How do I turn this thing on? Supporting Member

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    Not sure if I can post this but if I'm breaking a rule, I will take it down.
    But I'm curious as to how they got this look, I know the colors harmony but, to me the people kind of look... I don't know how to put it. But I'm just curious to what this affect is called?
    Or is it just really good light and done right or is it Photoshop?


     
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    Most of it is lighting however there are some photos that are hugely over the top with frequency separation.
    The second row on the right. Guy looking into camera with lady's face in his neck. That dude's face is so plastic. This is only one of a dozen or so that have a similar treatment.
    For my tastes it is a complete fail but if the photographer/client like it. It's a win.
     
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    I am not a studio photog, but I see a ton of skin smoothing ... but overall very good lighting and good photography. With practice and a basic lighting kit, you could duplicate the images. The skin smoothing is graduated, you can add a little or add a lot. It will reduce wrinkles and blemishes to the point of skin appearing as plastic. In the image zombiesniper mentioned, the man looks like a mannequin. The extensive Photoshopping/image manipulation does give a painterly look to the images ... whether it is good or bad is a matter of taste.
     
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    Yeah, that's some freaky Stepford wives level of skin smoothing. Creeps me out.
     
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    Great lighting.... HORRIBLE (IMO) skin processing. I think there may also be some compositing going on there as well.
     
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    Both. The photographer has excellent equipment, and knows how to pose and light his subjects.

    He is a bit heavy-handed in the post-processing however. This is when it pays off to know how much is enough.
     
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    either that or a lot of backdrops.

    looks like he's running these through Portraiture or alike--one-button click processing job on them. heavy vignetting added as well.

    it looks like he also asks his subject to "give me that serial killer stare"
     
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    Regardless of the pros and cons of post processing, I'd say he's probably giving his clients what they want. He's in "old money country", where horses and formality run hand in hand. Looks to me like he's killing it in his market. I found the Legacy Album to be a pretty slick marketing gimmick. Tie up pre-bookings for 2 years - pretty slick.
     
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    pun intended?
     
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    Maybe a double entendre. :winky:
     
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    Lighting is pretty good. But I wouldn´t be suprised if he used two exposures for every face (especially for the smiles) - one for the smile and one for the eyes. The eyes look unnaturally open for the smiles. But many people don´t like to smile because they say it makes their eyes smaller. Probably his clients are like that and he makes good business. I for one like natural smiles or laughs with smaller eyes much more.
     
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    They look painted or something almost fake. But he says he make a good living with this. I was looking at lighting videos and ran across his work at PPA. Him and Tim Kelly have a unique style.
     

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