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A Very Brittany Christmas!

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by jambaj0e, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Joe Gunawan | fotosiamo

    Model: Brittany Rafuson
    MUA & Hairstylist: Octavio
    Wardrobe: Allen Watson and Ashley Rae Garcia

    Merry Christmas! This was shot with my Panasonic GH2 and lit with 3 Einsteins: Key light is a 22" gridded silver beauty dish camera left, fill is a 64" silver parabolic with white sock camera right, and accent light on tree is with a 7" gridded reflector camera left

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  2. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    Great shots and my kind of Santa too.
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  3. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    a perfect christmas present - santa with a gx1 inside the box. :biggrin:
  4. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Does Santa need any helpers? In the first shot the window creates a very nice frame but the building in the background are distracting.

  5. okinana

    okinana Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 21, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Never mind the GX-1 :biggrin:
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  6. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    I totally agree. GX-what?
  7. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
  8. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    Now there's one Santa I wouldn't mind sitting on my lap! :thumbup:
  9. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Very true, very true =D

    Ok, so just to give you guys a rundown on the post process on this:

    In Lightroom, I made the exposure/brightness/temperature/crop adjustments, then export to Photoshop CS5 as a PSD.

    I run Portrait Professional to clean up the skin, which wasn't really needed since she's pretty flawless already.

    Then I use the Black & White layer adjustment set on Overlay layer blend to get that tone and contrast by playing around w/ the color sliders. Set the opacity between 20-35%, depending on the effect you want (Thanks to famed photographer Joey L for this technique!)

    I made a new layer out of all the work and run the high-pass filter, which is my secret on doing sharpening. I use a layer mask on that sharpened layer to mask out her skin and background so they're not overly sharpened.

    Finally, I bring it back to Lightroom and added a subtle split-toning, yellow on highlights, blue on the shadows. Voila!
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  10. tomrock

    tomrock Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN
    Very nice. Thanks for the PP steps.
  11. avidone

    avidone Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 24, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    I was expecting pictures of western France :-(

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  12. Hikari

    Hikari Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 26, 2010
    Is she made of plastic?
  13. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Nope, and I definitely tried to avoid that glowy, plastic-fantastic skin that some photographers use/overuse for model and glamour photography
  14. petach

    petach Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 18, 2011
    Carlsburg dent make santa's. If it did though...............
  15. Z-man

    Z-man Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2011
    I agree. Even a sheer curtain just to get rid of some of the background would have made a huge difference.. On the flip side... its about the best looking santa I have ever seen...
  16. Busiboy

    Busiboy New to Mu-43

    Dec 13, 2011
    Great results here, I think the model looks great not over processed. The shadows don't worry me either.

    Not something I'd attempt on a m4/3 normally, but I might moving forward.
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