Sunday, March 27, 2011

Trisha/Marilyn #1, Processing Series

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.

Camera: Nikon D700
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


benjamin gandhi-shepard said...

Ok. I'm going to upgrade to Silver Efex Pro 2. I love the Film Noir 1 effect. It has that gritty lithographic look that I love.

benjamin gandhi-shepard said...

Great photos. Great model.

Preston Page said...

Thank you, Ben. The new presets in Silver Efex Pro 2 are awesome and the selective color addition is fun. I still need to port the dozen or so custom preset I made to Pro 2.