How do you get these affects ?!?!?

frozentoast

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It is an amalgamation of things really but primarily this is known as HDR Imaging (High Dynamic Range).

Flickr has some gorgeous HDR sets that are worth checking out, and I'm sure Google will yield great results when searching how-to.

:)
 

jdl8422

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How do you go about doing a HDR photo on a person. I know how its done with landscape on a tripod, but with a person its nearly impossible to keep them still for 3 shots, Correct?
 

jdl8422

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yea but doesnt it just shoot 3 or how ever many shots at different exposures, is it possible to do a hdr from one raw file
 

frozentoast

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yea but doesnt it just shoot 3 or how ever many shots at different exposures, is it possible to do a hdr from one raw file
With a Digital SLR you have a lot of control over shutter speed and exposure time. You could create a faux-hdr image with one shot but that's really not necessary. :)
 

walangij

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The shots look, to me, more like they were done with very careful (and likely expensive) lighting and then edited in post processing software. The way the light falls on the subject shows a very elaborate studio light setup that is very hard to duplicate with HDR. Although HDR can be used to achieve some of these results, some key lights are still essential to get that "sparkle" in the eyes and the shadows, just look @ the nose shadows (or the lack thereof) shows some general positions of softboxes. The second one looks more proper lighting and metering to achieve the results, and then tweaking in post processing.
 

Mike Teezie

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You can tell from the catch lights in the subject's eyes that there were two strobes used. You should be able to figure out where they were placed from their position.

A great depth of field was used, probably at least f/8-f/12 or higher (depends totally on the format - I'm assuming 35mm or 120mm format). Then, it looks to me that other than general contract being notched up, some form of Shadow/Highlight in Photoshop has been used.

While it's a nice technique, I don't think it works on the photos above. It's been perfected by the awesome Jeremy Cowart, but he only uses it when the subject material suits it.
 

bocomo

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i would agree that lighting plays a big part, but don't forget multi-pass sharpening! big factor here for this look
 

jmrnavydoc

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To me, looks more like Draganizer than HDR (Search for a Draganizer plug-in for photoshop on google or even on here MR forums) ... looks very similar in my opinion.
 

G5trinity

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A guess

This looks like high shutter speeds with really bright flashes to me, with a prime lens. Too flashes just behind the subject , no rim light, and a combination
overhead light with a warming filter, a front hot light for reflections in the eyes.
Plus some bounce cards and flags. However it is very well done.
 

boss1

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It definitely looks like post processing image effects. I don't know what this editor used, but you could achieve similar results in Photoshop by layering posterize, sharpen, emboss, auto levels, maybe one or 2 blur layers to restore the natural look and a ton of tedious masking.

He definitely tweaked the color levels or did some contrast adjustment on the whites and blacks in some areas of the photos.
 

threedaysatsea

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The amount of post-processing he did is minimal at best. He did not posterize, and add blur layers, and mask and do tons of crap that would make your image look terrible. He *did*, however, spend a few thousand dollars on a camera/lens/lighting rigs. Mainly the lighting.
 

jdl8422

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I just noticed this on his site, He is giving a class of everything he knows. So, if you really want to know you can pay $5,000 for the class.
 
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