How to get the "Dave Hill look" in photos?

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  1. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.davehillphoto.com/
    Does anyone have any idea on what type of PP was used (I know a lot also has to do with the setup of strobes during the shot)? Looks like it's tone mapped?
     
  2. scotthayes macrumors 68000

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    From the title I thought you meant Dave Hill from the 70's glam rock band Slade. I thought you were after this look :eek:

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  3. Fallencircus macrumors member

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    I believe part of it is that he uses layers. Meaning he takes the photo and breaks it down and then rebuilds it in a 3D environment. At least in some of it has been done in a few photos. Got me on how he achieves the rest.
     
  4. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    I lol'd, but I guess you have to come from round ere.
     
  5. OllyW Moderator

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    That's exactly what I thought. :D

    I'm even more local than yow. :p
     
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I'm pretty sure it not all done in post processing. First and foremost he uses light in a dramatic way. These are all studio shots even the ones that look to be outdoors. It looks to me like he spends some effort to getting the lighting "right". I'd bet he spend as much time before the shutter is snapped than after, in other words these shots are very carefully set up

    Next, almost all of these look to be composite shots. The backgrounds and other elements were shot separately them combined in the computer

    On top of this it looks like he has played around with tone curves to purposely bring up some highlights and black out some shadows.

    Bottom line is, we are all guessing.
     
  7. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    Did anyone notice the picture of Soulja Boy?! He was using a 12" PB G4 -- SWEET! :D
     
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    and a LeBron James poster in the back. cute.
     
  10. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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  11. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    Best guess is... a LOT of time. Bryan Niven has the same style, he shoots everything separate and does a lot of compositing in Photoshop.
     
  12. tonie macrumors 6502

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    from what i have read, you would need a lot of lights (flashes or some source of lights) to get those results.
     
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  14. MacNoobie macrumors 6502a

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    Lighting is key for achieving that kinda result he uses a ring flash that we can all be sure of and any number of studio strobes with soft boxes no doubt.

    I think his styles beautifully mastered honestly
     
  15. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    1st off, loving the Slade references!!!

    Fantastic photos, and if you look at his 'about me' page, he is only 29 (B*****D!)

    Anyway, looking at the light in the pictures and when you look at the behind the scenes section you can see he uses a lot of lights, be it in the studio or on location. I'm sure everything is carefully planned to start with by himself and an art director and then long days refining the concept and lighting. He uses a mixture of natural, studio and ring flash and compositing of shots in post too. I also think he may use an element of HDR in his post workflow - if you compare the textures he achieves with some of Valdore's work (check the HDR thread in this forum) you will see similarities. I'd say he is shooting medium format too, in order to get such detail and texture in the shots (and just because setting up such shoots costs so much anyway, what the heck!)
     
  16. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    I watched one of his behind the scenes videos (he did a shoot in a hotel room!) and he had a big ring flash around his camera (Which looked to be a 40D, Battery Grip and 50 1.4). He then had a strobe light and a soft box. I'd imagine in his better studio situations he had more lighting done but lighting is generally the key.

    The 'How to' linked above helps you do a pretty good job of mimicking, although probably gets you halfway there.

    I need to buy lighting equipment. We needs it!
     
  17. slinky0390 macrumors regular

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    This can be done by adjusting fill light and almost every other setting under the develop tab in lightroom, Kelby's tutorial makes use of these techniques.
     
  18. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    Here is one that I did from a wedding last week, turned out pretty cool:

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    I sent that tutorial over to a friend who tried one out too:

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  19. nuwomb macrumors 6502

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    lighting is the reason for his style I believe.

    I am sure he spends a lot of time thinking of a lighting set up.

    I am just getting into more lighting and its amazing how different things get with more than just your built in camera flash.


    its a whole other world to photography.
     
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    A lot of the photos look way over the top for me. Some of the photos you see on Strobist are awesome, but when it starts to look like a cartoon, it gets a bit much.
     
  21. azamora2005 macrumors newbie

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    sample?

    I just "stole" a picture from internet and try the effect of Mr. Hill (first try)
    Is this what you are looking for? - probably not.
    greets!
     

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    This is a year old thread, buddy. :(
     

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