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  • Medium/Large format like retouching

    Hi everyone, I am interested to (try to...) reproduce/emulate in Photoshop the look/feel and soft tones of photographs that comes from medium/large format cameras.

    Actually I don't really know how translate the feeling in words...

    Like those kind of shots :

    Pic 1

    Pic 2

    Pic 3

    Pic 4

    So, is there a way to replicate this in Photoshop with RAW from my Sony A7R ?

    Thanks !

  • #2
    Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

    Of course, you just need to be really good at color correction and have a similar shot.

    Because you are asking, I guess you are not well versed at that, so I would suggest trying out VSCO filters for all those retro film looks.

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    • #3
      Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

      Yes I am not ! I have tried several times to color correct like the pictures in reference but I must be real, I am not good at this for the moment ah ah !

      I will take a look at VSCO Filters retro looks, thanks !

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      • #4
        Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

        Originally posted by Gzser View Post
        So, is there a way to replicate this in Photoshop with RAW from my Sony A7R ?
        It depends on the image you start with. Can you post one of yours? (Link to a raw file on Dropbox.)

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        • #5
          Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

          Yes of course, here is a WT link to 4 images from a series I am working on.

          https://we.tl/NBGKXSrdPE

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          • #6
            Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

            Originally posted by Gzser View Post
            Hi everyone, I am interested to (try to...) reproduce/emulate in Photoshop the look/feel and soft tones of photographs that comes from medium/large format cameras.
            Soft tones are not exclusive to medium format or large format, they can be achieved with any camera.

            The main advantage of medium or large format is image resolution. Higher quality, which means more detail.

            Every other aspect is up to the photographer, not the camera.

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            • #7
              Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

              I guess you're right, I'm considering taking an IRL class on advanced retouching techniques, but I need to find the right one...

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              • #8
                Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

                Originally posted by Gzser View Post
                Yes of course, here is a WT link to 4 images from a series I am working on.

                https://we.tl/NBGKXSrdPE
                I processed one of your raw files alongside one of the target images. Is this the kind of result you're after? Seems to me it's mainly a matter of lightening up colors (one way to do this is with Selective Color, by decreasing the black levels in various colors), and brightening (with curves, among other ways) without clipping.

                https://s23.postimg.org/bm23rf46x/mimic.jpg

                Here is a comparison, with the default jpeg of your image on the right, my edit on the left:
                https://s18.postimg.org/6678lc2jr/mimic2.jpg
                Last edited by Sabrina81; 05-15-2017, 01:49 PM. Reason: add link

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                • #9
                  Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

                  Yes, we're not far from the result. I will try your process tomorrow on another one. Maybe it's also a matter of taking a step back from/straying from my own photographs a bit...

                  Thanks anyway for the effort and the time you took on this. I will work some pictures with your guidance in mind, I like your idea to put a reference image alongside the one to retouch in order to keep in mind the result I want.

                  Thanks !

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                  • #10
                    Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

                    Here is one I did entirely in Adobe Camera Raw. The attached .xmp file has the settings.

                    https://s13.postimg.org/smso6yxnp/DSC4172.jpg
                    Attached Files

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                    • #11
                      Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

                      Thank you !!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

                        In the spirit of what we said previously, do you know any online resources/classes to better understand colors, lights and tones in a picture ?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

                          Any art college will do. Topic is way too wast to learn it from a couple of tutorials. Developing esthetic taste takes studying art.
                          Last edited by skoobey; 05-17-2017, 09:55 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

                            I can't disagree !

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                            • #15
                              Re: Medium/Large format like retouching

                              Originally posted by Gzser View Post
                              In the spirit of what we said previously, do you know any online resources/classes to better understand colors, lights and tones in a picture ?
                              Try a Google search for articles, and also check on Youtube. There are tons of tutorials available.

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj1FK8n7WgY

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