Watching Over

by Vian Esterhuizen

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While you may be able to edit the file into looking a little bit like that, specially if you use layered edition in photoshop, the easiest, fastest and I'd even say best way of achieving that effect is to just shoot in the golden hour. That photo was taken during the ...


This would be pretty easy to do using colo(u)r balance in photoshop shadows boosted blue + magenta mid-tones more magenta more cyan and yellow in highlights


You can reverse-engineer the coloring in Lightroom. In the following copy I simply white-balanced on the subject's shirt, resulting in this "less-golden" image that looks more likely true to the original color. Lightroom indicates that the transformation "back to normal" involved significant color shifts towards blue and magenta (-15 temp and +11 tint).


I don't think the original photo was produced using only global white balance adjustment. It appears to have been produced using mixed light sources (fill strobes not matched to the ambient light temperature) and/or some local adjustments as well. This can be done by selecting various areas in different layers and altering the color for that specific area. ...


An important part of that look is the lighting, which is most likely achieved by shooting during the golden hour. You can also tell from the lack of harsh shadows on the subject. Besides that, I see a green/yellow predominance in the tint, probably reproducible by white balance correction. I did a quick experiment using GIMP, and using color balance ...


Your question reminded me of Dan Winters' portrait of Christopher Nolan in Wired. See here for examples of DW's style: The lighting techniques and post processing steps are described in this video (15 min): ...

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