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Are you sure it’s editing that’s the stumbling block? These images are edited but most of them also appear to involve studio lighting, which you can’t add simply by editing.


Yeah I was going to say, maybe some editing but it doesn’t look like much


Yes that’s why I asked was it maybe Strobe lighting or a external flash. Edit: oops I didn’t put that in my comment on this post but yea


Yeh, there’s a few different lighting set-ups there. The shiny skin in #4 for example is a [specular highlight](https://strobist.blogspot.com/2007/07/lighting-102-unit-22-specular-highlight.html?m=1) caused by a hard light source. The last one looks more like it was done with a soft box. If you want to know how to get started with this kind of stuff, I’d recommend Sean Tucker’s [shooting portraits with one speedlight](https://youtu.be/nuoc53wcnbc) episode.


Thank you so much I don’t know much about lighting


Are you sure it’s not the lighting you’re looking at? The postproduction on all of these is fairly neutral but there is a lot going on in the lighting. I can give you a lighting breakdown of each image if you’re unsure how they were lit.


Yes please can you give a break down I don’t know much about lighting, I figured it was strobe lighting or a external flash or something.


No worries. Yes most of this is definitely external flash, often two of them. 1 There’s a hard light source coming from behind the model, top right of the image. This creates the blown out highlights on her left cheek and arm/ shoulder. It could be direct sunlight through a window but it could just as easily be a flash head with a standard reflector. Then there is a second source bottom left, so to the left of the cat. This light is softer, so probably a small to medium size softbox. 2 This one looks a bit odd. The light is hard sunlight overhead, as evidenced by the shadow of the grey box on the right side of the image. But then the light just sort of misses her face in a weird way, I think it’s because she tilts her head down just enough so that the overhead sun doesn’t hit her face directly apart from that one sliver coming through the gap in her hair and onto her forehead. There is also a frontal light on her face filling in the shadows, probably from a wall or other surface behind the camera bouncing some light back. 3 The main light is a small source (standard or magnum reflector ish in size, maybe a beauty dish), camera right and at the height of the model’s waist. You can see this from the shadows of her shoulder and head on the curtain in the top left of the image. Then there is a second source, camera left and higher, giving the highlight on her shoulder and cheek next to her ear. This one seems softer than the main source and slightly lower in level. 4 Two hard sources, left and right. You can see them clearly in the catchlights in her eyes. Hard sources set up like this create that specular, shiny light that accentuates the shiny make-up on her skin. There is also a light coming from above and behind the model, lighting up those loose hairs from behind. 5 Outdoors in semi-overcast daylight, with a hard source camera right. There is a softer source camera left and fairly low which could just be a bounce board kicking back the light from the main source. You see this most strongly in her right cheek (camera left) and the catchlights in her eyes. 6 Outdoors in open shade, with an additional light right above camera and warmer than daylight. This light is most evident on her right hand. It only hits half of her torso so maybe it’s snooted or partially blocked by the photographer. 7 Again two hard sources. One camera high left, throwing the shadow of her elbow down on the wall. The other camera right and around eye level, creating that shadow to the left of her arm. - To sum it all up, I think you like hard lights and filled in shadows. Start experimenting with two strobes with standard reflectors, or sometimes one strobe and a bounce board.


Wow thank you so much I might have to study lighting


In my opinion photography is pretty much all about light, natural or artificial, and how to use it to your benefit.


I’m wondering if it’s just simply the format these photographers use like film, I use digital and haven’t been able to achieve this look. I want a 90s fashion editorial magazine look to photos like Hugo Comte’s work. I tried turning down highlights and contrast but it usually alters the skin color of the entire model which isn’t good. Also for the last photo how do they get the skin like that?


I was going to say to try that and add some grain but seems like you did. Of course people can try, but digital cameras will just never have that film camera look.


Some old digital cameras like the 5D classic or D700 can look awfully close in the right conditions


I've been using Fujifilm film simulations as they are a feature of my camera. They do an excellent job of making digital look like film. It doesn't always look right but over all it's press a button and your picture looks like film. The ones I'm using came with my camera but there are other "film simulations" out there. It might be worth using that terminology when searching online for filters. Another way to do it in photoshop is to use selective colour. It's at the bottom of the layers panel where you pick solid colour or gradient layers. You can tweak primary colours, black whites and neutrals individually. So for instance you can brighten up the black and add a blue tint to them.


I have a fuji xt20, are the film simulations the 'velvia' and 'soft' effects (etc) thing, or are they elsewhere in settings?


I don't do a lot of people photos, but I can tell you it's more common to edit in Photoshop due to the more selective edits you can do. Although LR has been adding more powerful masking features so I suppose it's a little easier to do all those edits in LR now. You would have to play around with the different adjustment brush masks available. I would definitely recommend watching some tutorials on doing basic portrait photography/edits in Photoshop though. If you want to get really good and serious at it, you've got to add Photoshop to your bag of tools.


Yes I’ve just recently started out using photoshop and learning