Model Trisha Bradshaw had the idea to make some pictures as a modern Marilyn Monroe, borrowing makeup styles from the early 60s. I decided to go fairly flat with the lighting to match the style of the day. The processing here is aims to look like a 1950s Technicolor still. The processing steps were Lightroom 3 to adjust color and apply typical portrait retouching, Photoshop CS5 to do minor pixel retouching and adjust levels, Nik Vivenza to boost brightness and contrast, lower structure and saturation, Nik Sharpener Pro RAW to boost eyes and mouth crispness, Nik Define to reduce noise, Nik Color Efex Pro to add the CSI Miami glow. This picture served as the basis for the
One of the new Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 presets, Film Noir 1, was the starting point.
The 60s Ektacolor Pro look I was able to dial into the Nik Color Efex Pro Film Effects tool.
Back to Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, I'm still trying to get the hang of the selective color feature, which is very powerful.
Finally, Susan showed me a portrait of Taylor Swift that was on the cover of Parade Magazine that was sepia toned with color lips and asked me whether I could to the same. The selective color tool in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 makes the processing relatively easy. The processing emulates Polaroid P/N film.
|Lens:||AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 D|
|Exposure:||ISO 100, f/7.1 @ 1/60s, Flash WB, RAW|
|Lighting:||Broncolor, main light small Chimera Super Pro, hair light snoot|
|Support:||Gitzo Basalt tripod w/Acratech GP head and RRS L-bracket|
|Location:||Grand Center Artists' Studios|
|Dates:||Capture - March 19, 2011, Processed - March 27, 2011|
|Processing:||Lightroom 3.3, Photoshop CS5, Nik HDR Efex, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Nik Color Efex Pro|