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09/06/2005 02:23:36 PM · #1
We have a local photographer that does a lot more digital work than anyone else. I live in a very small town, surrounded by other small towns. In our whole county there is one red light. I live 30 miles from it. Also live 45 miles from the nearest wal-mart or 4-lane highway. Back on track... this guy does an effect he calls "Hollywood" and I have been trying painfully to reproduce it. Can anyone help me figure this out? His website is www.tripleaphoto.com. Click on "Seniors" on the left, then scroll to the bottom and click "Senior Gallery" in red. The first example is 2nd row, 2nd column. Then on the next page "Senior Gallery 2" there are 2 examples. They are easy to pick out having seen the first one. Thanks everybody!
09/06/2005 02:26:47 PM · #2
Those are "high key" shots. Search the forums here for high key and you'll get a ton of info.
09/06/2005 02:28:22 PM · #3
Oh goodness. I thought you meant "Seniors" like in people that are older.
09/06/2005 02:30:08 PM · #4
Thanks, I'll check it out. I kept searching for descriptive words I thought described the photo, but didn't know what the effect was called.
09/06/2005 02:35:47 PM · #5
There's a Hollywood filter included in the Virtual Photographer package you can install in PS.
09/06/2005 02:39:30 PM · #6
With virtual photographer, I find "Glamour" has a nice "The rich and the sexy" effect.
09/06/2005 02:42:24 PM · #7
Try searching for "fashion blow-out look".

High-key isn't the proper term to describe those shots because there is no detail left in the brightest areas of the images (which a true high-key shot has)... so the only accurate way to describe them is "high contrast fashion blow-out".
09/06/2005 02:43:07 PM · #8
I hope you're just looking to replicate the effect and not his business, because he's got you there!
Location, location, location!
(Only 1 block from the only stop light in the county!)
09/06/2005 02:45:23 PM · #9
Originally posted by laurielblack:

There's a Hollywood filter included in the Virtual Photographer package you can install in PS.

Hello, there is a broken link here, or is just me?

Message edited by author 2005-09-06 14:45:41.
09/06/2005 02:46:56 PM · #10
LOL good call on the business location. But he's in a different county than me! Actually, I think there may even be two lights in his county. That's ok for some people I guess... Me, I'll stick with the one light. There is a photographer in our county, but he's been doing it for 100 years and doesn't know what a computer is.
09/06/2005 02:47:31 PM · #11
Originally posted by dustin03:

Originally posted by laurielblack:

There's a Hollywood filter included in the Virtual Photographer package you can install in PS.

Hello, there is a broken link here, or is just me?

It worked for me. //www.optikvervelabs.com/
09/06/2005 02:53:29 PM · #12
I was experiementing myself with some high key portrait.. here's one I did. if you like this kind of effect, I can tell you about the action I used ( I don't remember it now, when I get back home I can search the name )
09/06/2005 02:57:49 PM · #13
Something like this?
09/06/2005 03:07:14 PM · #14
Yes, those are both the types of photographs I was looking for. I was looking at doing something along the lines of mostly headshots with it, and really blowing out the details. The closest I have been able to come is using the "Anvil" preset on Virtual Photographer and pulling back to about 75% on the strength of it.
09/06/2005 03:14:25 PM · #15
You should be able to reproduce this effect using a combination of a curves adjustment layer and a channel mixer adjustment layer. Check the "monochrome" box on the channel mixer layer, and adjust until you get the monochrome image that looks best. You should look for deep tones that nonetheless carry deetail in the dark areas, and lighter skin tones (more red channel usually helps there). Then adjust the curves in a strong "S" shape until it looks right. Don't move the whit point too far if at all, it will cause the "rol off" to white to be too sharp.
09/06/2005 03:15:51 PM · #16
if your portrait is evenly lit, the "Fashion" setting on the Virtual Photographer plug-in will give you a kinda blown-out look. you can use the color picker to change the tone to any color you want.

this one was fairly high contrast anyway so i just adjusted the curves and levels until i got the blown-out look, then toned with a custom quadtone.

Message edited by author 2005-09-06 15:20:09.
09/06/2005 03:22:41 PM · #17
See the example in this thread, an edit of a portrait by Greengiant.
09/06/2005 03:25:07 PM · #18
kirbic and sher:

two great examples. that's definately the "fashion blow-out" look I was trying to find. Thanks also for turning me on to Virtual Photographer. I had never even heard of it.
09/06/2005 03:28:04 PM · #19
Would you believe that's the first time I've even TRIED something like that?? I often realize how littl I "think out of the box" when it comes to editing, LOL. Greengiant's portrait just seemed to scream for that treatment, however, and I was really surprised at how the effect complimented the subject. Hmmm, another trick in the bag!
09/06/2005 03:53:19 PM · #20
Sort of a tangent...but I downloaded the virtual photographer plug in...now how do I actually plug it into Photoshop? I have elements 2.0. Thanks in advance for any help!
09/06/2005 04:25:33 PM · #21
After you run the install file it should place a file folder on your desktop or wherever you had it install to called "optikVerveLabs". Right-click that folder, click cut. I have photoshop CS so the next step may be different than what you have. But you should go to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Elements(or similiar)\Plug-Ins\Filters. Then paste the optikVerveLabs folder into this folder. Then, when you run photoshop, you should see the optikVerveLabs folder under the "Filters" menu on the menu bar at the top.
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