I've been really curious about how to get similar results as this photo:

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I'm new to photography, but I'd be interested to know what sort of techniques are being used in taking these shots and in editing the photo.


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Shoot with a bright white background, such as snow or sand. Have your subjects wear dark clothing. Expose to the right, develop to the left, and desaturate. Adjust the skin tones to be slightly red.


Low saturation, low white point that is crushed (highly compressed above a certain threshold brightness, only slightly though). I'd probably start with about a 85% saturation, maybe 80% and drop the highlights part of the curve (in curves) significantly and fairly sharply for the top 15% to 20% or so. There is still slight contrast in the whites to keep it from blowing, but there is no strong white.

  • " low white point that is crushed " - ?
    – rapscalli
    Oct 25, 2013 at 9:53
  • @rapscalli - Like clipped, but some detail remains. Bright white is a dim white, dim white is a slightly dimmer white. It isn't clipped (a hard cut at max white value for the gamut of the image) but it is crushed (compressed down) to a much smaller set of values. You here it more frequently when referring to compression in the audio world since over-compression is more commonly used there.
    – AJ Henderson
    Oct 25, 2013 at 13:11

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