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I've tried to achieve the same look myself but haven't been able to replicate it effectively. Its all the rage right now, but I'm sticking to my popping colors style.

I think there is a lot of magic than can be done with the curve adjustment tool in Lightroom...it allows you to adjust highlights, lights, darks, and shadows independently. This allows you to bring out hidden details and such.
 

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You have to get the shot right first. The right settings for that kind of lighting, etc. Then you just do some small curve layer adjustments.

Curves lets you adjust Highlights, shadows & mid-tones of the Red, Green & Blue channels all independently. Its very powerful and VERY easy to use once you get a hang of it. And all sorts of things you can do with it once you start experimenting.

Using Photoshop, start with the classic "S" curve adjustments. Make a Curve layer, then from the channel drop down box in the adjustment panel select the red channel. Place a control point on the middle of the grid, then one diagonal of it to the top and bottom. Then drag the bottom & top diagonal ones so it makes an S. you can change up which way it goes depending where you put control/anchor points for the look/colors you want.

Do this for each color channel independently. As in make another curves layer, dont just switch the channel in the adjustment box.


That was a terrible walk through lol but I dont normally write up stuff like that.
 

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His pre an post are pretty similar...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojo2fast/5009141863/in/set-72157624952641560/
Got some more messages about the processing on this set so here's a couple before and afters. Just curves was used.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojo2fast/4947062119/in/set-72157624634705620/
I've been getting a lot of messages/comments again about processing for this set. I don't think people believe me when I say I spend a minute on one picture and don't do all that much to begin with. So hopefully this proves that lol.
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I don't use S-curves but it does give a slightly similar look.
 

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Using curves for each color channel allows you to tweak each color independently... You can acheive similar looks by using curves on the entire RGB spectrum, and it's easier, but you can't fine tune the saturations and such...
 

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this guy is sooo good. i have him as a contact. i absolutely love his shooting style.

super shallow + soft/warm light = :drool:
 

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What is the exact effect that you're referring to?
The sharpness/contrast?
The bokeh?
The sun flare?
The saturation?
The color and warmth.
 

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Fast lens, proper lighting and not overdoing post...

And by proper lighting I mean shooting in golden light (just as the sun is rising or setting). You can look at his exif data and see that most of the photos you refer to as warm are taken early in the morning or just around golden hour.
I do that too and I have a hard time believing one stop is all it takes to achieve that look. Maybe it is the contre jour. I'll try that.
 

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A photo like this, the effect I mean, is the result of shooting into the sun obviously. The haze you occasionally get. If he wanted to fix it, he could just make a black solid color fill and set the blending mode to hard mix at say 10%.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojo2fast/5021383341

The reverse of that, intentionally putting the haze there is just a mix of solid color fills set at a low blending percent. You just need to know the right colors to use and what blend mode to use. A photo like this with a vanilla colored haze

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojo2fast/5032152445

or this one with a warmer haze

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojo2fast/5088027946
 

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A photo like this, the effect I mean, is the result of shooting into the sun obviously. The haze you occasionally get. If he wanted to fix it, he could just make a black solid color fill and set the blending mode to hard mix at say 10%.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojo2fast/5021383341

The reverse of that, intentionally putting the haze there is just a mix of solid color fills set at a low blending percent. You just need to know the right colors to use and what blend mode to use. A photo like this with a vanilla colored haze

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojo2fast/5032152445

or this one with a warmer haze

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojo2fast/5088027946
Perfect. Thanks! I will try it in Argentina later this week. ;-)
 
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