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How to do pastel photos

 
alexdesign
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Jun 10, 2013 14:20 |  #1

I've noticed that many photographers who do babies/families/weddin​gs use pastel "colors" is there a training somewhere how to shoot pastel photos? Similar to http://pastelphotograp​hy.com/blog/ (external link)
Or are all these some special Photoshop actions?

I tried to use photoshop pastel actions on my flowers but it didn't work much. Any tips/help would be appreciated thanks


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Jun 10, 2013 14:39 |  #2

A general way to obtain this look is to reduce the contrast some (the PS curves tool is wonderful for adjusting the tone curve/contrast) and tone down the saturation. To fine-tune the look of the photo, work with individual color channels to obtain the exact look you want. As far as actions, I'm sure that there are plenty of them but I don't use any so I can't speak to that.....maybe someone else can chime in with input on some good actions to achieve this look.




  
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Jun 10, 2013 14:42 |  #3

This gets posted about 3 times a week, so I'm going to ask you what I ask my students: what do you think is going on in these photos?

1. Is overall contrast high or low?
2. Are the shots backlit, side lit, or front lit?
3. Are the exposures high key or low key?
4. Is the depth of field large or small?
5. Where do the midtones lie with respect to the shadows and highlights?
6. Are the shadows and highlights neutral toned (relative to the overall white balance), or do you see any evidence of split toning? If so, what colours do you see?
7. Do you see ANY pure blacks in these images (that's a BIG hint, BTW)?

Answer these questions, and you'll know the answer you seek.

Sorry, I don't mean to be a jerk about this, but this look (which I happen to like, generally, since it's really trying to get to the look of pushed negative film) is EVERYWHERE these days, and there are many, many places to find out how to do it.


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Jun 10, 2013 14:44 |  #4

jra wrote in post #16017689 (external link)
maybe someone else can chime in with input on some good actions to achieve this look.

VSCO Film. Of course, VSCO alone wont give you this look. You need to know how to set your tone curve appropriately. But VSCO is a very, very good place to start, FWIW.


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Jun 10, 2013 14:45 |  #5

Go to deviantart.com Do a search for actions. There are many ways to abuse a photo, they have an action for nearly every one.




  
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Jun 10, 2013 14:46 |  #6

gonzogolf wrote in post #16017709 (external link)
Go to deviantart.com Do a search for actions. There are many ways to abuse a photo, they have an action for nearly every one.

+100 :)


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Jun 10, 2013 17:24 |  #7

gonzogolf wrote in post #16017709 (external link)
Go to deviantart.com Do a search for actions. There are many ways to abuse a photo, they have an action for nearly every one.

so you think those photos are being "abused"?


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Jun 10, 2013 17:39 |  #8

edge100 wrote in post #16017696 (external link)
but this look (which I happen to like, generally, since it's really trying to get to the look of pushed negative film) is EVERYWHERE these days...

Yep, and I don't get it either,
If your pics and film came back from the lab looking like that you'd be wanting an explanation from them as to how they ruined your photos and that they should give your money back.


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Jun 10, 2013 19:30 |  #9

philwillmedia wrote in post #16018319 (external link)
Yep, and I don't get it either,
If your pics and film came back from the lab looking like that you'd be wanting an explanation from them as to how they ruined your photos and that they should give your money back.

Apples and oranges since we "develop our own film":D


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Jun 11, 2013 07:24 |  #10

philwillmedia wrote in post #16018319 (external link)
Yep, and I don't get it either,
If your pics and film came back from the lab looking like that you'd be wanting an explanation from them as to how they ruined your photos and that they should give your money back.

The difference is that with negative film, you can push the mids and highlights like this, but ALSO have deep blacks. This is simply because the highlight range of neg film is enormous (at least 7 stops over middle grey), while digital gets you maybe 2 stops over middle grey. Consequently, it becomes very difficult to push the highlights more than a little bit. You really have to know what you're doing.


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Jun 11, 2013 07:30 |  #11

Study color theory. Use soft colors that work well together. Use lighting that is not contrasty and does not create deep shadows and/or a lot of contrast. Then control contrast and saturation in post.




  
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Jun 11, 2013 09:57 |  #12

alexdesign wrote in post #16018277 (external link)
so you think those photos are being "abused"?

I think that there is a fine line between a color treatment and a mistreatment. Usually if you dont develop a technique through trial and error but try to buy or copy somebody elses shortcut it usually ends in gimmickry.




  
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