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May 16, 2013 08:45 |  #1

hey all,
i have a friend who would is interested in entering herself in a Pin up model comp. she needs 3 photos done and asked me to take care of that department, ive never actually done this style before and wanted a to know a few tips on PP vintage/retro style, il be using LR$ and CS6
and tips would be greatly appreciated!




  
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May 16, 2013 10:19 |  #2

What kind of vintage? Color or black and white? In a lot of later pinups that were in color the reds tended to be punched without bleeding so it had a really different look from digital. Though a lot of the color prints have faded because the processes weren't that stable. The faded yellow look is pretty easy to get by adding a warming filter and bringing the blacks and saturation down. But again, it depends on what specific film look you're trying to replicate. Some are faded overall, some have lost blacks but still really pop color wise.


Look at Bunny Yeager's work. Also check out the website for Pinup Girl Clothing... they don't do a retro color look, but it may help you get in the direction you want to go because the overall setup of the shot is so important with these.


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May 16, 2013 10:32 |  #3

Link to a sample of what you want vintage to mean. Its like new, the definition is always changing. That said, go to deviantart.com and look through the free action sets there. Tons of color treatment actions there, something will fit your concept.




  
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May 16, 2013 10:41 |  #4

What kind of "vintage"? Soft, pastel like color? BW, or maybe some of those scractched stuff:

IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8680043320_3b7551c04f_c.jpg

IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8257/8673489825_301f0208ce_c.jpg

I just use LR presets and tweak them a bit to my liking, so I spend a bit less time in front of te computer.


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May 16, 2013 12:09 |  #5

^love that BW image you posted!
appreciate your help so far guys.
guess retro would be more a suitable name for it, reference image
http://favim.com …asses-Favim.com-51098.jpg (external link)




  
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May 16, 2013 13:12 |  #6

Lowkey wrote in post #15938043 (external link)
^love that BW image you posted!
appreciate your help so far guys.
guess retro would be more a suitable name for it, reference image
http://favim.com …asses-Favim.com-51098.jpg (external link)

The only thing I see in processing with that one is that it has a very slight green tint, at least on my monitor. Almost like they were trying to keep the reds from screaming and went too far with it.


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May 16, 2013 14:43 |  #7

Lightroom has a whole lot of presets, including ones for B&W processing and color processing.

Since you are new at this, I'd set your expectations low, as in you are "learning", not being a professional retoucher.

And then, play with those presets and get a feel of what "works" in Lightroom! That's a great "starting point", since you can freely move around from preset to preset (although you may need to click the Reset button in case one preset has an "additive" effect to the previous one).

From there, the "world" can open up as you move on to Photoshop and more complex but powerful techniques. Whether you are ready to tackle PS for this one "job" is, well, up to you and the time constraints you have. You can, for example, look up "cross-processing" for some interesting effects (retaining and "tweaking" the colors and contrast and such)...if you have the time to pursue some online tutorials!


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May 17, 2013 17:20 |  #8

Tony is spot on, as usual. I am new to ACR so two of the controls I would recommend playing with are among the simplest in ACR; toning and saturation. They let you split tone an image to pick practically any color tint and then set it at a level of saturation you're happy with for the type of 'vintage' you like. You can then add a top layer of grain to further give it a film-y look.


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Jun 12, 2013 17:41 |  #9

I usually just shoot wide open, brighten and pull contrast out in RGB in Post Process and move the slider curve up. Works just fine, not that difficult.


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