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by Vian Esterhuizen

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It is simply low contrast images. Drop the contrast down, possibly pull in the white and black points so that they are grey rather than white and black as well.

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Though personally, I don't think any of those samples are particularly well done, so I'd generally try to avoid that look unless there was a particular shot that called for it. –  AJ Henderson Oct 8 '13 at 22:32

The images you linked to are low contrast with elevated exposure.

To get this look:

  • Reduce the overall contrast
  • Reduce the highlights and brighten the shadows
  • Increase overall brightness/exposure a little to the right of zero

But why would you want to?

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It's might as well be VSCOcam effects and sliders for Lightroom.

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We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.

Are you related to the product you've linked? Given the short, one-line nature of your answer, it comes off as advertising. If it is not, please provide a more detailed answer explaining why you are recommending VSCOcam. Thanks! –  jrista Oct 13 '13 at 20:33
I'm not exactly agreeing with jrista, as I believe it is a valid point that VSCO could have created these images. My issue with this as an answer is that the user is looking to achieve this with either Camera RAW or Photoshop, and VSCO would be an additional purchase if they don't have it already(yes it can be a plugin for PS, but again it is an additional purchase). For that reason I don't think it actually answers the question. –  dpollitt Oct 14 '13 at 2:15

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