Anybody willing to explain how to achieve this look in Lightroom and/or Photoshop?

I'm mostly using Lightroom, so I tried crushing the blacks, increasing the contrast and vibrance, increasing R and G in the midtones, lowering the B in the midtones... Also played with split toning and HSL but everytime something's missing or overdone.

I'm lost, please help me! :)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Please don't cross-post to multiple SE sites. Pick one & stick to it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 15:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ I am almost sure, that this images were not only post processed, but the were made in very good lighting condition not even saying about studio lighting. Especially the last shot is definitely well lightened at front. But having this I am always using vibrance and blacks. Or you may buy or download some presets for portraits. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 16:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not really sure what you're trying to achieve. (I can't read your mind.) Can you post at least one example of what you have tried? And state explicitly how it differs from what you are trying to achieve. (Just to be clear - if you talk about "this look", I don't know what you are referring to.) \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 16:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Seweryn Habdank-Wojewódzki I'm not so sure about the studio lighting. I would say good natural light (most are outdoors), probably golden hour, and exposed for the subject - you see how the highlights are blown. Even the last one has blown highlights. It won't be the case if it's well lit. And good postprocessing skills. But I'm not sure, that's why I need help. \$\endgroup\$
    – Emma
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 16:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ Remove a couple of the less-important/relevant 3rd party images. [It would also be nice if you credited their copyright owners] \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 17:38

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Looking closely at the images, the first thing I notice are the following points;

  1. The images seem staged as in stock photography.
  2. Beside the first image which is lit from the side, the rest seem to be backlit.
  3. The natural light coming through is very soft; perhaps a cloudy overcast day.
  4. All images seem exposed for the shadows which is what seems to be producing the low contrast soft look with the blow-out highlights.
  5. The subjects also seem to be exposed with reflected light, maybe a reflector or a wall

All the above will definitely produce the results you have attached straight from the camera and I believe that’s what has taken place with regards to these images.

However, if you wanted to attempt to achieve something similar in Lightroom, you can try something as follows;

  1. Contrast – Slide to the Left – create softness
  2. Dehaze – Slide to the Right – Increase definition
  3. Highlights – Slide to the Right – Blowout the Highlights
  4. Shadows – Slide to the Right – Create further softness whilst increase exposure in the subjects
  5. Black – Slide to the Left – again, will add to the overall softness
  6. White – Slide to the Right – increase ambient white
  7. Saturation – Yellow Decrease // Orange Increase – To me, there seems to be low levels of Yellow in the subjects and a slight increase in Orange.

Please note, these adjustments will work better to enhance any image that is already close to what you wish the end product to look like. If you have an image that is front-lit with a dark background, you will find it very difficult to create a natural looking back-lit effect.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for your kind guidance. I should probably more think about getting the image in-camera than in pp. \$\endgroup\$
    – Emma
    Commented Oct 22, 2018 at 9:28

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