Off-topic Quattro promo image appreciation

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BuckieJoe Regular Member • Posts: 226
Off-topic Quattro promo image appreciation

I was just looking at the official Quattro page and this particular image got my eye (it's a promotional photo of the Quattro)

http://www.sigma-global.com/common/cameras/dp-series/index/dp2/images/02.jpg

Now there's this peculiar effect that makes the image (the object) look less like a real photo and more like it's painted or chiseled, a 2D effect almost like a graph. It's very hard to describe.

So I thought maybe some of you guys who do a lot of post-processing could explain all that, how they achieved that particular look and what exactly sets it apart from just a good photo because I can't understand it no matter how hard I try.

D Cox Forum Pro • Posts: 21,145
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The only post processing needed here was to select the camera, invert the selection, and fill (the background) with white.

The rest is all in the studio lighting. This is an art which is not learned overnight. The book "Light Science and Magic" will get you started.

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Hornbrille Regular Member • Posts: 339
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This might be a computer rendering. There is not very much distortion (long focal length and/or tilt/shift) but the image is sharply focused everywhere. You can achieve this with a large format camera but it's much easier to do on a computer if you have the 3D-model of the camera.

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Hornbrille wrote:

This might be a computer rendering.

It is a photograph. Here's a larger version. Unfortunately the exifs doesn't tell what camera has been used:

large version

OP BuckieJoe Regular Member • Posts: 226
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And the big one looks almost normal (the light placement is indeed a part of the effect), the small one has this... sharpening or something, but it's not your regular sharpening effect, it's something else.

Kinda reminds me of this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/archive/4/49/20130603004214!Pages_icon.png

It has both real and artificial quality to it.

PrebenR Veteran Member • Posts: 3,529
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maceoQ wrote:

Hornbrille wrote:

This might be a computer rendering.

It is a photograph. Here's a larger version. Unfortunately the exifs doesn't tell what camera has been used:

large version

Don't see that this is a photo, but if it is it has been retouched quite a bit.

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Azumiau New Member • Posts: 1
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maceoQ wrote:

Hornbrille wrote:

This might be a computer rendering.

It is a photograph. Here's a larger version. Unfortunately the exifs doesn't tell what camera has been used:

large version

in the EXIF ​​data, I find the following information

Firmware: P45-H, Firmware: Main=2.2.8, Boot=1.2, FPGA=1.1.9, CPLD=3.2.6, PAVR=1.0.4, UIFC=1.1.1, TGEN=1.0.1

I think that it is a Phase One P45 H

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PrebenR wrote:

Don't see that this is a photo, but if it is it has been retouched quite a bit.

From the EXIFs:
File Source : Digital Camera
Firmware : P45-H
Serial Number : CR010339
Photographic Sensitivity : 50

It's probably medium format (Phase One, Hasselblad…)

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l_d_allan Veteran Member • Posts: 5,070
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BuckieJoe wrote:
It has both real and artificial quality to it.

I think it looks somewhat unreal because there aren't shadows under it. It appears to be a simple masking.

I think you can get a similar effect by suspending in air with very soft lighting, and then cloning out the wires / thread that suspend the object.

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PrebenR Veteran Member • Posts: 3,529
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maceoQ wrote:

PrebenR wrote:

Don't see that this is a photo, but if it is it has been retouched quite a bit.

From the EXIFs:
File Source : Digital Camera
Firmware : P45-H
Serial Number : CR010339
Photographic Sensitivity : 50

It's probably medium format (Phase One, Hasselblad…)

Phase One P 45 perhaps. Computer edited though.

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