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    how do you acheive this look?

    I really like the look and feel of Justin's photo's, and I'm wondering if people here have some advice on how to achieve
    the look that his photo's do... I really like the way his photo's are 'exposed' if people have any particular hint, and i'm also curious to know what sort of things you think he might be doing in post to balance out the images...?

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    I can't see what this particular "look" is(???) The images I saw seemed of subdued contrast(???) Other than that, I dunno.
    You may have to be more specific.
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    toned down saturation in some colour ranges, mostly use of white walls and 'clean' backgrounds
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    They do have a certain look and feel to them.
    Im not sure if its the look and feel you can see and what i can see.

    They seem soft in a way / retro fasion magazine feel also.
    slightly darker just a little or slightly under exposed on a few (on my screen)

    maybe the sharpen has been reduced a touch instead of adding more sharpness???

    Im really just guessing to tell yoiu the truth.
    well thats my interpritation
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    i guess i just like the way that some of his photo's are exposed, i'm still learning how to use my camera, and i'm still finding my way around lightroom,
    and i picked the toned down saturation, there seems to be a bit of a film feel to the images too? I know he shoots with a D4, so any advice on acheiving that
    sort of a look?

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    Well to me, the majority of those images just look flat and lifeless.

    Slight de-saturation, pull back on the contrast, and pull back on the clarity (mid tone contrast) and you too could produce similarly lifeless images
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    I got the impression the images were slightly higher contrast with a slightly desatruated look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolhand78 View Post
    i guess i just like the way that some of his photo's are exposed, i'm still learning how to use my camera, and i'm still finding my way around lightroom,
    and i picked the toned down saturation, there seems to be a bit of a film feel to the images too? I know he shoots with a D4, so any advice on acheiving that
    sort of a look?
    Some do look a bit grainy, maybe hes using a high ISO as not to run fill flash etc??
    which could explain the film look.

    Just a quick suddgestion.
    Email the bloke and ask him lol.
    Just say you like his style etc and ask how he goes about his processing etc.

    just a thought.
    cheers cam
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkChap View Post
    Well to me, the majority of those images just look flat and lifeless.

    Slight de-saturation, pull back on the contrast, and pull back on the clarity (mid tone contrast) and you too could produce similarly lifeless images
    I agree with mark the photos are flat and lifeless if you look at the histogram they are exposed to the right,this can be achieved by under exposure when you take them or in processing, exposing to the right is ok and then pull the exposure back to give it life but the whites can be easily blown out (no detail ) if you are not careful,some photographers shoot this way to reduce noise.

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    There's a trend at the moment for "matte" images. Basically you can play with your colours and sharpness and then pull down your blacks so that the sharpness is still there but the punchiness is removed somewhat. It results in that soft effect. Look up tutorials on youtube.... but use sparingly! I personally really like the look but I think it's only appropriate for certain images, particularly for portraits where there's lots of light.
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    To me the style helps to focus the viewer on what is happening in the photo, rather than being bombarded with - cut your retina - sharpness and vivid colours. Sort of a more timeless look. Just my opinion.

    There are countless ways to achieve the look, everything from retro plug ins to colour channels in Photoshop. YouTube is probably your friend here


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    Quote Originally Posted by zollo View Post
    To me the style helps to focus the viewer on what is happening in the photo, rather than being bombarded with - cut your retina - sharpness and vivid colours. Sort of a more timeless look. Just my opinion.

    There are countless ways to achieve the look, everything from retro plug ins to colour channels in Photoshop. YouTube is probably your friend here


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    this is how feel about them too... i've sort of searched around but haven't found anything that really helps me achieve the look...
    if you do find anything that you think might be helpful, I'd be grateful if you could post it here...

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    try 'gamma correction' in photo shop, you can bring down the contrast across the image and get similar look, but also adjust some exposure and saturation as well. see how you go
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    Greater than Gatsby Photoshop actions will do the trick
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