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May 26, 2011 12:45 |  #1

I'm trying to replicate something similar to this but having a hard time.

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Lal Khan is his name. His street portraits are incredible.

Anybody have a clue as to how he might be creating this?


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May 26, 2011 12:52 |  #2

Wow that is impressive work


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May 26, 2011 12:52 |  #3

They look to be HDR's. Very nice work though.




  
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May 26, 2011 13:08 |  #4

Certainly beautiful work, very well executed.

Regarding the portraits I don't believe they are HDR, IMO. I think Khan has an incredible eye for light and shadow and how to make it all work with his exposures. Many of those look like they were composed in heavy shade or flat lighting.........perha​ps alley ways... with the introduction of side illumination or some sort of catch light perhaps reflected or thrown into the face. At least that's how I would approach it.

I think it's primarily his physical technique and skill, rather than any sort of s/w manipulation


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May 26, 2011 13:27 |  #5

If that's the case then he's double talented. I'm very impressed with how sharp some of his images are as well. In some I can see individual hairs and pores. I'm shooting with a 50 1.4 and I have a hard time getting that.


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May 26, 2011 13:33 |  #6

HDR never even occurred to me, so I'm with Stuart on this one.. this is 90% lighting, 10% post-processing.


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May 26, 2011 13:45 |  #7

jrsower wrote in post #12483760 (external link)
If that's the case then he's double talented. I'm very impressed with how sharp some of his images are as well. In some I can see individual hairs and pores. I'm shooting with a 50 1.4 and I have a hard time getting that.

It is possible that he's using a little selective sharpenning on a portion of the image - using an adjustment layer in post - and maybe even throwing a slight gaussian blur at the edges. But that's just speculation on my part though. I'd have to know more about the individual's actual shooting style.

But I do know some portrait artists who are extremely talented in their control of DOF and lighting and achieve stunning results.

Again, it's all about understanding the craft and studying how your subject interacts with light. He's likely no stranger to this environment and has probably studied it for some time, observing the residents and perhaps planning his shots.


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May 26, 2011 13:52 |  #8

Seems to be primarily content or creative sharpening. This is most easily accomplished on people when the light evenly illuminates the face.
Local contrast enhancement on the subject and a selective blur (looks gaussian vice lens) for some background.
Try grabbing one of the individual channels with good contrast and then blend with Multiply. Also add in some type of high radius low amount sharpening. A good starting point is around 30 pixels and @30 amount.
Would be my strategy to create this.




  
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May 26, 2011 14:01 |  #9

I'm gonna guess he might use a little Lucis.


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May 26, 2011 14:04 as a reply to  @ BullSchmitt's post |  #10

I'm shooting with a 50 1.4 and I have a hard time getting that.

You might not be able to, take a look at the MTF characteristics found here http://www.canon-europe.com …n/ef_lens_work_​iii_en.asp (external link) pages 209-210.
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May 26, 2011 23:18 as a reply to  @ chauncey's post |  #11

Truly amazing shots.




  
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May 26, 2011 23:30 |  #12

wow thats nice...




  
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May 26, 2011 23:47 |  #13

Wow! His photos are definitely NatGeo quality...nice indeed.


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May 26, 2011 23:53 |  #14

those shots are very well done




  
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May 27, 2011 00:24 |  #15

I'm not trying to knock the guy but I would put money down that he's utilizing hdr in some of those photos, probably set to an opacity and / or some wicked dodge and burning skills. Some of the photo's it's really obvious he over-lightened eyes and hair. Talent either way - it doesn't matter..


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