In the Framer's Studio

This is me in my framing studio cutting a matboard. Faux HDR from a single RAW, tonemapped with additional processing performed in Photoshop and Mr. Contrast.


I spent the weekend seeing what I could do to try to reproduce images similar to those produced by Dave Hill ( I am not terribly pleased with this particular image, needs some work and had some big noise problems. Of course I also need to get into some off camera lighting techniques if I really want to try to approach the level of quality that Dave Hill gets.

  • BlueMunky 7y

    It's amazing how this looks more like a painting then a photo, nice work.
  • Elaine 7y

    Very Good Job!!
    Fantastic Shot
  • Mesmeri 7y

    This looks amazing, and to have done it from a single RAW file!
    I'm going ot give it a try now, cheers!
  • miru be 7y

    you are certainly the best photographer i've ever seen
  • Josh Sommers PRO 7y

    Thank you kindly, but trust me: I'm not THAT good!

  • Greg Oa 7y

    just like Dragan Very nice!!
  • Josh Sommers PRO 7y

    I'm not familiar with Dragan. At the time I was trying to create a Dave Hill kind of effect, but it didn't really work out. I've since then stopped trying to emulate anyone's style, instead working more to create my own.
  • Ricardo Barbieri PRO 7y

    excelent shot, please consider share it in Man@work

    Oi! Sou administrador de um grupo chamado Man @ work e nós adoraríamos ter isto adicionado ao grupo!
  • Ricardo Barbieri PRO 7y

    it's a special shot, thanks for share in Man@work

    please, consider becoming a member,
    you are welcome in Man@work

    Trabalho by Ricardo Barbieri

    Seen in the group"Man @ work" (?)
  • Nicholas Faithful 7y

    You've have been featured.
    Check it out - "2008 most beautiful HDR Images"
  • PhotographsByMe 7y

  • Josh Sommers PRO 7y

    why what?
  • Alyson Holder 6y

    I absolutely think this is such a cool shot
  • Sean Porto 6y

    tone mapping skin tones never worked out for me. I'm working on an affect similar but using photoshop and filter blending. noise emboss texture over sharpening. it all helps. Dave Hill always have perfect skin tones. I think that's why your not that pleased with it. the depth is amazing and the composition is good too. you just need to get the color right.
  • Josh Sommers PRO 6y

    Yes, well this was a long time ago, and I gave up on HDR since then, even on landscapes. Ever since I got the 5Dmkii, I don't really need HDR anymore, and I use lighting now to get the effect I am after, which is not the Dave Hill look.
  • Sjoerd Los 6y

    intense + marvellous.

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called New Directions, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Roman Harcke 6y

    Wow - love the idea of portraits in HDR. Have to give this a try some time.
    Greetings R.H.
  • Andrew 5y

    You can get a softer Dave Hill look just by opening up the RAW image in photoshop. Check out this tutorial online, it seems to be the closest effect I've found so far to his.
  • Josh Sommers PRO 5y

    Thanks. This was taken back in 2007. Gosh it looks so awful to me now! I've learned a lot since then. I'm not really after that Dave Hill look anymore, but thanks for the link regardless. Cheers.
  • ⦁Citizen•C 4y

    ..Great shot,excellent traitement.
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