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Old 10-11-2006, 12:24 AM
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making digital photos look like film

I am deeply impressed by a few photographers using standard DSLR cameras and still achieving amazing vintage look of old 6x6 film cameras.

some portfolios here:
http://www.usefilm.com/photographer/79112.html
http://www.altphotos.com/images/altp...70102f7e1b.jpg
http://www.altphotos.com/images/altp...78a93d3521.jpg
http://www.altphotos.com/Gallery.asp...d%20in%20black

any ideas how to achieve this? to me it seems like lowering the contrast, very careful desaturation using channels, some painting with light, darkening the corners and some overlay texture, but I still can´t figure it out. also, there´s maybe some kind of artistic filter applied on the blured background, making it look a bit like a sketch (http://www.altphotos.com/images/altp...113beac55.jpg). the low-contrast colors are still a mystery to me. any feedback welcome and please let´s skip things like "desaturate and add noise" :o)
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Old 10-11-2006, 02:01 AM
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Re: making digital photos look like film

I am just brainstorming, not having actually done this sort of thing with digi images but I have done similar in the past with film and darkroom voodoo. Some of the black and whites look to have subtle solarize and/or double exposure techniques appearance... the former (just off the top of my head) could be replicated with playing around with curves in greyscale mode... I noted the telltale 'halo' artifact in some of the images-typical of traditional solarization, the latter could be the same deal but with another image on a separate layer set to a different blending mode (darken, lighten,etc) at reduced opacity. Hmmm... might try it myself, there are some nice images there.
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Old 10-11-2006, 02:05 AM
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Re: making digital photos look like film

It looks like desaturated, ajusted to have low key tones and after painted back manually with 3 color layers. You can find easily description of this technique here on "colorization" request.
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:15 AM
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i messed around a bit and came up with a similar look.

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Old 10-11-2006, 03:20 PM
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Re: making digital photos look like film

here's another.

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Old 10-12-2006, 11:48 AM
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Re: making digital photos look like film

I think it's mostly 'painting'.
Perhaps what you call: 'painting with light'.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:46 PM
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Re: making digital photos look like film

I do not remember my film looking like that
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:36 AM
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Re: making digital photos look like film

painting with light is mostly done too much
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Old 10-26-2006, 05:50 AM
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Re: making digital photos look like film

I won Alien Skin's Exposure software and finally got around to installing it. It's supposed to make digital photos look like film pics. Haven't played with it much. It might be something for you to consider, though.
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Old 10-27-2006, 02:11 AM
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Re: making digital photos look like film

I used "Power Retouche" filter, blur the background some more, mask a b/w radial fill & burn it.
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