In the Framer's Studio

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    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.

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    1. ∙ELi∙ 86 months ago | reply

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

    2. Mesmeri 81 months ago | reply

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

    3. miru be 81 months ago | reply

      you are certainly the best photographer i've ever seen

    4. Josh Sommers 81 months ago | reply

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


    5. The Perfection 79 months ago | reply

      just like Dragan Very nice!!

    6. Josh Sommers 79 months ago | reply

      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.

    7. Ricardo Barbieri 78 months ago | reply

      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!

    8. Ricardo Barbieri 78 months ago | reply

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

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

      Seen in the group"Man @ work" (?)

    9. n_faiths 77 months ago | reply

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

    10. Alyson H /3rdEyE 75 months ago | reply

      I absolutely think this is such a cool shot

    11. Sean Porto 70 months ago | reply

      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.

    12. Josh Sommers 70 months ago | reply

      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.

    13. oXane 64 months ago | reply

      intense + marvellous.

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

    14. surf_opi 64 months ago | reply

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

    15. AndrewH2010 61 months ago | reply

      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.

    16. Josh Sommers 61 months ago | reply

      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.

    17. ⦁Citizen•C [deleted] 48 months ago | reply

      ..Great shot,excellent traitement.

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