DIGITAL PHOTO CLEARING – YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC TIME MACHINE
Photography is a human collective past that is a huge visual archive of various techniques, techniques and creative processes. Each print – daguerreotype, photo on Polaroid, the brightest HDR-photography – is part of our common visual language.
With a huge raw file at hand, modern photographers are striving for a new application of historical image styles in their own works. Some masters use photographic technologies of the past – ambrotype, technicolor, lens-anastigmat. Currently, there are many tools to mimic remarkable, sometimes even esoteric photographic processes.Oliver Anderson for many years beat off the tap on the streets of New Orleans. He was photographed on Polaroid 55 P / N for an exhibition in a gallery dedicated to characters in the picturesque French quarter during Mardi Gras. To connect the image of Oliver Anderson with his folk dance style, with the historic district where he lived, Alien Skin Exposure X software and its extensive library of old film emulations and retro cinema were used. In Exposure X, the “Pinhole Camera” preset creates the effect of using this vintage simple device. Alien Skin plug-ins allow you to recreate the artifacts that photographs attach to a real camera obscura. Also in the processing of Anderson’s photograph to imitate a photograph of the second half of the 19th century, sepia toning was used in Photoshop CS6
In 1992, in honor of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, photo artist Jim Cornfield worked on creating an image for the upcoming TV show about Columbus. The original was filmed on a Kodak 120 Ektachrome film with a 180 mm Hasselblad lens and a Zeiss Softar filter. Soft light conveyed a sense of antiquity, while not obscuring the subject. Of course, in the days of Columbus, photography did not exist. Kornfield in this photo used the photographic genre of the XIX century, which used models in ancient costumes as historical figures or mythological characters. Post-processing tools were used from Alien Skin Exposure X software, including their presets for black and white Calotype films, as well as variable vignetting, artificial scratches and uneven edges. All this reinforced the illusion of this interesting Victorian genre.
Why use retro design?
Fully naked woman in the style of a photo of the Victorian era. The sharp monochrome original of this image was processed in Photoshop CS6, and then using the Tiffen Dfx4 filter set. This set has a Soft / FX tool, one of several that mimics the famous Tiffen glass filter line. To complete the illusion, the photo was further processed using the Wet Plate tool (“wet plate”) in Alien Skin Exposure X, which added a characteristic rough border photo.
We give a brief overview of software tools for creating retro photos. All of them are available as separate modules or plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom:
Google Nik Color Efex Pro and Analog Efex Pro2 (www.google.com/nikcollection);
Alien Skin Exposure X (www.alienskin.com/exposure);
ON-1Effects 10 (www.on1.com/apps/effects10);
Tiffen DFX4 (software.tiffen.com)
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Left: The original image, ready for further processing. Right: the resulting image after processing in Photoshop and Nik Analog Efex2
Wet plate effect
Tools: Nik Analog Efex Pro + Photoshop
The “Wet Plate” (“wet plate”) photo printing process was one of the earliest and most complex techniques in the 19th century. Glass plates required coating, sensitization, aging, and processing for 10 minutes.
For the digital photo you see below, the original image is obtained with the same lighting setting as in the above sequence. Shadows from the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in were used to soften the overall lighting to achieve the effect of authenticity. The image was then imported into Nik Analog Efex 2 and the Wet Plate 9 preset was opened. In this preset, the illusion of artifacts inherent in the original photoprocessing, adding effects that mimic the old frame, is well executed. After applying the effects, the image was saved to PS for export. By returning the image to Photoshop, you can lighten the eye color, for example, using the Image-Adjustments-Selective Color or the Brush Tool (in early black and white images, unnaturally bright eyes are sometimes visible).