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Old 11-18-2009, 06:56 PM
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Question another how was this done?

Just discovered this forum (yay!) and signed up since it looks like its going to be a huge amount of help in the future, but decided to ask something I've been wondering for a few weeks now.
*ahem.... I can't seem to achieve the 35mm film look in my photos [as seen below]. Its been suggested to be to try a vintage action and no matter how you tweak it, it just isn't the same.

How can I achieve this look in photoshop? (rather if the answer wasn't an action :/ )

(and they for sure are all taken with a digital camera)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidurbanke/3557541991/

http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/1142/img7183copy.jpg

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidurbanke/4109620427/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidurbanke/3557541991/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidurbanke/3828383176/
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Old 11-18-2009, 10:59 PM
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Re: another how was this done?

going to give it a lil bump with a different image. Maybe someone might get an idea jolt from some other work?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriswoo/3952702225/

(this is a bit punchier with colour)
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:45 PM
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Re: another how was this done?

These effects remind me of several of the actions from the Totally Rad Actions set (e.g., Grandma Tap Shoes or Pool Party). I have had the sets for a while and LOVE to play with them. The creator has a really nice site where users can upload pics with their "recipes" using the actions. You might find some inspiration there. Here's the link:

Recipes: http://gettotallyrad.com/recipes/
Main Site: http://www.gettotallyrad.com/
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:04 AM
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Re: another how was this done?

I have no real experience with "already made" actions, I do however recommend you play around with the curves adjustment layer, specially in the Red Green Blue channels, you can get that kind of look quite easily you use the three channels for coloring (use real subtle S curves for those) and the "main" one to control the contrast, most of them have the point of the shadows going up a bit so you get the shadows looking dull.

Check out my attachment..

Now you have to experiment with it, the softer you want the colors you'll have to lower opacity or make the curves even more subtle, you can also play with different layer blending modes...
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:55 AM
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Re: another how was this done?

Play with curves and saturation. There is really no formula. If you like a look, look for subtle color shifts in the shadows, midtones, and highlights. Adjust curves and saturation as needed.

Also, don't be afraid to use multiple curves on color and luminosity blend modes.
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:55 AM
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Re: another how was this done?

Do you have some people outdoors shots?
I really would like to work on them to have some effects same or similar to those on here.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:38 AM
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Re: another how was this done?

Photog here. Most of that was in camera, garanteed. It looks like a 28mm wich converts to a 35mm if you are not using a full frame camera, 20d 50d from canon are examples. mark2 uses full frame so you could just use a 35mm prime. Equipment is the long and the short of it.
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:04 PM
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Re: another how was this done?

@Tareq the effect is the same for whatever photo you want to do try experimenting with what I've told you and what Angelo has said, there are different ways to skin a cat in photoshop.

@Sympa the explanation doesn't make sense specially the colors, some of the photos where not done with a wide angle but with a telephoto, you can see the DOF bokeh in some of the "portraits". The colorization can be done with whatever photo you put in.
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Old 11-19-2009, 05:49 PM
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Re: another how was this done?

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@Sympa the explanation doesn't make sense specially the colors, some of the photos where not done with a wide angle but with a telephoto, you can see the DOF bokeh in some of the "portraits". The colorization can be done with whatever photo you put in.
28mm-35mm-50mm f1.8 prime lenses. No telephoto needed. Just look at the first photo the OP linked.


ADDITIONALLY.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidurbanke/4109620427/
in that link that the OP provided if you look at the groups that the photos are submitted to on the right they are all in the "50mm (The original 50mm group) contest : Golden Light (Pool)" group.


I actually do know what I'm talking about. Heres one of mine. 50mm f1.8 @ 1/750 s ISO100 just to prove the point.
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Last edited by sympa; 11-19-2009 at 06:00 PM. Reason: additional information
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:51 PM
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Re: another how was this done?

Sure but if you see on most of the photos, the tint is differen't than golden hour color temperature. You can't do it as easily in camera (the only way I can think of is to play with the white balance). And I don't know if the OP was referring to something else beyond the colors (as the DOF)
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