Rachelle Close Up Portraits and Silver Toning Experiments — Steemit

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Introduction

I have been experimenting with producing a more film-like silver toning for my black and white photos.  Here are some close-up shots that have been edited in a manner to do this (settings at the end).  I have included a screenshot of the toning settings from Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 below the photos in case you want to have a go yourself (let me know if you do).

I have included the colour versions after the black and white.  

Personally I think photos 1 and 2 look best in black and white and the rest (3, 4 & 5) are better in colour.  I think this is due to the different lighting in the shots - more moody lighting with more prominent shadows tends to favour monochrome.

As always let me know what you think.  


The Photos


Black and White

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5


Colour

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Silver Tone in Silver Efex Pro 2

I basically used the split tone preset number 2 and reduced the strength.  Note the mild vignette was not used on all the photos.


If you like my work please follow me and check out my blog (I don't just discuss photography) -  @thecryptofiend 

I have also created a new channel in the chat dedicated to photography of people/portraits called "Photography-portraits-people".  Please check it out and post your photos there.


Technical Information:

  • Nikon D800 Camera.
  • Sigma 85mm/1.8 lens, natural window light with a front reflector.
  • Adobe Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for processing.
  • The model is Rachelle Summers.

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Very nice work. I particularly like the silver ones. I've got the Nik collection, but I haven't used it very much since I just prefer Photoshop and have been using it for years. Maybe I'll give it another try.

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Thanks. You can combine the two. For these ones I was doing retouching in Photoshop for skin so I just stayed in Photoshop and used the plugin there. You should definitely try it. With Photoshop it gives you much more scope with layers for combining different tone curves too which I think is used in a lot of professional magazine shoots.

Wow amazing and fascinating close-up.
A love both color and BW.

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Thank you. That is very kind:)

Great photos, loved #2 the best.

Your shots are always so brilliantly focused, love them!

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Thank you:)

lookin' good cryptofiend :D

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Thank you:)

I really like image 1. I prefer it in color but in B/W I think it is the best of the bunch. The shadow transition on her cheek is just buttery soft. What modifier did you use on camera right? It looks like she is on a window sill or it's like a 36+ inch softbox? It's bugging me I need to know. Nice work man. Have a nice weekend.

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Thanks. It's a large window to camera right in the first 2 shots (left in the other ones) plus I have a reflector in my hand too at varying angles. Also they were taken on a day that was quite cloudy but bright so the clouds were diffusing the light too. In the softer shots I moved her further back to help "feather the light" - at least that's what I think it's called. I love playing around with light. That is basically what photography is after all.

Thanks for your support:)

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Thanks for that. Your are right, photography is basically just capturing light. If you can control, modify or predict the light, that is a surefire way to become a better photographer. It's my favorite thing to do also. Cool beans. Cheers.

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Thank you for such great comments:)

I am really partial to the silver tone. There's something more romantic about it. :)

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Thanks yes I love it. It has a bit of a purple hint to it.

Nice work. Up voted and up voting my new blogs will be appreciated. Already following.

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Thank you:) I will take a look but please be careful posting unrelated links in other people's posts you could end up getting flagged.

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Ok, sorry about that. I know now, so I will be careful about posting unrelated links. Good day.
So, if the link is related subject, then okay to post the link in other peoples comment area?

Just beautiful work, as always! My favorite is #2 in Black and White, her expression is quite sultry and that comes across more clearly without the distraction of color. All the black and whites are beautiful, in fact.
I do like the color too, however. She has such soulful eyes, they look mesmerizing in color. Love!

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Thank you as always for your kind and thoughtful words:)