Appleman52 - its not question of budget :)) ...you can try low budget as well... for this of my pictures (CLICK) I needed only model, camera and system flash (Nikon SB800)... so its not question neither of budget nor of expensive studio equipment :)
I'm glad u like my photo, thanks... think is there is about 2-3 hours of work in PS to make image like that, if I could show you it would be easier, than explaining how to do it through message, but main things I use are levels, curves, saturation and brightness/contrast plus burn tool and dodge tool... everything of course in several layers and playing with layer masks to take out only parts of image I want to... this particular image has one curves layer for all image and extra curves layer for sky, one layer for levels, one layer for hue/saturation, where saturation slider is moved to left to desaturate a bit, and one brightness/contrast layer... burn tool I use on "copy of background" at 1-2% with "range: shadows" and playing with it to take out even more mainly shadows on suit and to paint a bit face (to deeper shadows again)... dodge tool I think I didnt use on this image, but sometimes I do to make opposite thing - take out lights. On opposite of other people advising here I don't use any filters except sharpen tool (in combination with history brush to take just parts of image, not applying to whole image - mostly to eyes), on some pictures I use also blur tool (again with history brush) and very occasionally KPT equalizer filter. There is lot of techniques how to do it, I learned a lot by playing with it, but also followed some instructions from books, my favourite author of PS techniques books is Scott Kelby, you can google him and you'll find lot of books he wrote. If you have any other questions, write me here or post comment to one of my pictures, I'll be glad to help you if I can :)
Regarding that 3D, I saw very interesting combinations of 3D and pictures, master of this is David LaChapelle, but he is master of photography as well :)
I would say that the best technique would be to use Macromedia (uh, well, now it's Adobe) Flash studio. Simply use the effect trace bitmap, and you have a totally vectorized format of your image, that looks like it was drawn as an illustration.
If you have any questions about this technique, just let me know.
Don't let the uploads fool you...I'm a Designer through and through!
I think images like that are a result of experimenting with light and after editing. Lighting is often considered to be most importand factor in photography, rahter than what you use to picture what you see.
HDR and use of filters are definitely keywords here as welll
Thanks for sharing the links everyone, I spent tons of time admiring the works of the artists!
Geciteerd Bericht: I found it! I found it! *jumping up and down with a big smile on my face*For a tutorial on how Dragan does his images click on this link and download and watch the video!Unfortunately, I believe it is in Brazilian but I speak Spanish and I was able to follow along. He does in 10 minutes by just using Photoshop (no other special software).