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Old March 29th, 2007, 07:34 AM
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How to create those amazing pictures?

I was wondering how photographers like Dave Hill (http://www.davehillphoto.com/ ), Patrick Hoelck ( http://www.patrickhoelck.com/ ), Chapman Baehler ( http://www.chapmanbaehler.com/ ) create those painted like pictures?! What camera do they use and what secrets do they have for the post process to get that results?

Hope to get some interesting and helpfull responses.

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Old March 29th, 2007, 08:46 AM
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What camera they use is irrelevant. It's all in the processing in the case of the first one. I didn't visit the other sites, assuming they were similar. Photoshop offers a number of ways to achieve effects similar to these.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 08:34 PM
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aaah thats it!?? oh man I would love to know how they do that, please look at the second one listed, he is my favorite, how does he get a group with all there faces lit but the surroundings are dark/shadowy and just razor sharp! man I don't think I've ever seen anything that tack sharp, amazing stuff
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Old March 29th, 2007, 08:42 PM
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I don't want to make it sound like all they do is post process. That is far from the truth. It starts with control of the light and capturing the image with the proper exposure, focus, and depth of field for the situation. Using very good glass is a given. After that, then the magic of the digital darkroom can do its thing. Each artist will have a favored technique, many of them unwilling to share their exact methods. There are plenty of tutorials available to do various techniques. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the "obviously" processed look. But, it seems to be the latest rage, at least in fashion and glamor photography.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 09:16 PM
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I am only guessing here, but it looks like HDR to me.
Here is a link to one of the programs used to help acheive this look http://www.hdrsoft.com/

I agree, this effect looks awesome!
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Old March 29th, 2007, 09:58 PM
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I think ohenry covers well on what it takes to create the images found on those sites. It's not just a camera, a lens or a technique that you need to make such work, it's many things involved in one's photography. Quality, reliable equipment in all parts of the production, and the knowledge to use them to achieve the effect of the concept. I can guarantee you that all of the images' concepts were well drawn out and planned before they shot any images. On commercial shoots, no one likes surprises. Those photographers, guessing just from visiting their sites, are well trained and have mastered their technical skills from lighting, capture and post production, invested lots of time, money and team work to create those images. To finally answer your question, they could've used just about any camera and different photoshop skills to achieve all of those photos. Yes, the HDR is a wonderful look and it has its place in photography, but not in portrait work.
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 12:28 AM
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Hi Rick, As an artist myself for over 20 years, I can tell you that they don't make those magical programs that turn your average photograph into a work of art like you see in the web sites you provided. That comes from years of training and experimentation from one's own creativity and imagination. Each of those photo's they did up in Adobe Photoshop CS2 more than likely and took them several hours to complete.

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Old April 3rd, 2007, 05:48 AM
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another thing I thought about is that being that the camera is very selective in what it sees, some of those places could have been sets? - maybe they had some small spot lights hanging down from above to light the peoples faces in the back - I don't know, just a guess..
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 09:14 AM
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That takes time, practice and experience to achieve that. Along with hours of photoshopping. But it all starts with a great picture first then they just tweek it a litle in photoshop or some kind of photo editing program. Man, thats one thing I've learned lately myself you have to take a really good picture first to get the look in the end that you want. Lighting is a key factor in getting a great shot also. Just read, listen, watch and practice practice practice! Thats what I'm having to do.
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Hello all

Actually, if the look you're going for is for the style shown in the Dave Hill website - it's actually a photoshop filtering process called The Dave Hill Look.

Here's a step by step tutorial that helped me create something kind-of similar to the style you're asking for in my photo: The Juice Master

The tutorial is at:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobis...7594577686705/

Have fun!
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