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I've been trying to figure out how to achieve this type of look that this photographer has. I'm not sure what is done in general in order to get this look. Any help would be appreciated.

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Please see this on how to get good results with this type o question:… – mattdm May 12 '13 at 18:39
Especially because that link goes to a photo blog with many, many pictures and which will probably have different pictures tomorrow. – mattdm May 12 '13 at 18:41
@mattdm - as long as his new photos have the same common thread as all the existing ones all shall be well :-). Very nicely done. Even his Instagram page looks lovely - as many of the photos on Instrgram are also on the page coted, maybe Instsagram has some tools that are actually worthwhile, after all :-) – Russell McMahon May 13 '13 at 10:16
But what is the common thread in David's eyes? And who knows if this blog will even be there in a month. – mattdm May 13 '13 at 11:03

I agree with Guffa, the photos you linked have a high contrast. However, I'd further that, and say they all seem to have a very, very neutral white point. White is stark white. It is not warm, nor is it cool. It is very neutral, stark white.

I am not certain how that was achieved. It could be done by tuning white balance in camera with a sample photo, or it could be entirely via careful post-process tuning. Either way, I think more than the contrast is the fact that every single one of those photos had one of the most balanced and neutral white points I've seen in a while.

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That's easy.

Use a lot of contrast. A lot. Then some more. Then try to push the contrast a little bit further.


(Of course the images are well exposed to begin with, then carefully post processed. You can't get that look from flooring the contrast on any image.)

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Very careful attention has been paid to lighting in all the photos I've seen on that blog. All the shots from the 3rd to the 12th of May were lit with natural light on an overcast (cloudy) day.

These conditions provide very soft, uniform diffuse light. Exactly the same quality of light studio photographers aim for with huge softboxes. And the results are similar as you'd expect, giving a crisp professional look that is easy to colour balance. In this case it really helps to live somewhere where the sun never shines!

A few shots later on were taken in direct sunlight, but with the sun low in the sky (such as you get at dusk/dawn). This softens the normally harsh sun and lets you shoot into the sun giving overexposed parts and lens flares whilst retaining detail in the darker parts of the image. Some images show evidence of shadow lifting (in the form of strong colour noise in the shadows). Again careful composition and attention to lighting direction are required for this to work.

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