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Help!! How to create such unique color tone

Discussion in 'Post Processing Forum' started by Photofaces, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Photofaces

    Photofaces New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I came across these images and it was taken with X100s. The color tone is very unique. Anyone knows how to re-create them either in camera or psot editing.

    Thanks and appreciate

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    They look like HDR. To me.
     
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    Yes, I'd guess HDR with a unique recipe of processing. You'll probably just have to use trial and error to find the combination you like best.
     
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    Don't know how it's done, and personally it's not a look I care for.

    However, if those were my watermarked images I'd not be happy with you taking them and posting them somewhere else. Best practice might be to post a link for people to see. Only exception might be if these images were posted and clearly designated as available to anyone unrestricted. Seeing a watermark on them would suggest that is not the case.
     
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    Looks to me like they were tone mapped in photomatics !
    The obvious thing would be to ask the photographer.
    Who may or may not like to share his style with others :)
     
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    Not my cup of tea either, but you can fake it in Lightroom (you didn't say what you use for PP) by cranking up the Shadows, dropping the Highlights, and cranking up the Clarity. Then use the Saturation slider to quickly get the color you are going for, but with the muted reds in the 2nd and 3rd, starting with Classic Chrome might be enough.
     
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    Experiment..... in Light Room, Adobe ACR, Photoshop, C1
    Look into Photomatix or Aurora. Google - tone mapping.
    +1 what Mike Huff said.....
     
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    Fujiphotog Amateur photographer.

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    Some of them appear to have wide vignetting applied, or gradient filters with darkening.
     
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    Agree. At the very least the OP should be posting a link to where the originals of the images are located.
     
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    The post processing advice is good.

    There are many ways to post process an image for a given result. The basic gist is that you want to pump up midtone contrast. Many ways of getting at this will also bump up the saturation.

    These images also appear to have a solid dose of color grading and it looks like brightness levels were used to manipulate where colors were applied. I would approach this part with channel masks, blend-if sliders for layers or luminosity masks, because these methods give more precise control. The actual color changes can be done with curves, solid color layers, LUTs, etc. Color toning, perhaps combined with white balance manipulation, might work, but lacks finess and control.

    The effect could be boiled down to a LUT, although it would probably require some tweaks to get it perfect. Most well-done grading and contrast manipulation requires at least final adjustment to suit the image.

    But just getting at the tools is only a piece of the battle. The big issue is being able to visualize what you want and to see the adjustments which move you to your goal.

    The other issue not covered is the lighting conditions in which these images were created. The original exposure is important for best results.

    The actual tools used, only the person who did the post processing knows. But a huge number of ways you can get there have been listed.

    Personally, I would use a combination of the methods in PS, whichever seemed to get me there the most aesthetically (adjustments always risk some image degradation), but it is probably possible to do it all with curves adjustment layers combined with basic layers tools (blend modes, masks, etc).

    Capture One also has the needed tools and the latest version would make it much easier since the layers have become so sophisticated, especially when combined with the advanced color tools.

    I could see getting there with LR, but it isn't the tool I would choose.

    In short, pick a tool, look closely at the images themselves, create an image with similar lighting characteristics and roll up your sleeves :).
     
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    Good advice.....
     
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    If one can tell it was tone-mapped, there's too much tome mapping.

    An important exception involves viewers who enjoy the tone-mapped aesthetic. Then there is no such thing as too much tone mapping.
     
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    Have you used this program?

    It looks pretty expensive for the limited functionality. It also seems that it won't be able to make very sophisticated LUTs, since it only has the outcome image. At best the results will be two dimensional. The skin protection, if well implemented, is a wise feature to add. I'm basing this on my understanding of how images work, not on direct experience.

    I have the Retouching Toolkit, which is a much more versatile tool I find myself using with almost every image which goes through PS. It has a couple features which I think will do what the image 2 LUT program does with more control for the user: Gradient Map Maker and Gradient Map Picker. Once you have a map, PS can easily export it as a LUT.

    To be clear, I have not used image 2 LUT and would love to hear feedback from someone who has.
     
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    Have the demo installed and played a little with it. I'm no expert on LUTs but it seems OK for starters. You can export a 3D LUT(3dl, cube 17, cube 32, mga), based on the target image preview (which you can tweak with the sliders and setting). Their videos explain the functions well.
    The created LUT can be imported into Camera Raw and is afterwards available in LR also.
     
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    Is the demo a limited time demo or a limited capability demo?

    EDIT: Never mind :). I see from the site it's 14 days. Looks like I need to pick a window where I will have enough time to evaluate it.
     
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    Full functional but you can export 3 or 5 LUTs only.
     
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    Looks like @(c)ow is on the cutting edge. Although the company has been around for some years, it appears this software just came out a few weeks ago!

    I'm going to give it a try...
     
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    Not so difficult ;) I browse fstoppers on a regular basis. There I stumbled over it:

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