Firstly I’d like to point out this wasn’t an expensive Valentines present! It was a gift from work that we’ve never found an occasion to use (yet).
Didn’t have chance today to get out and capture anything, so was stuck with another still-life shot. Today I knew I wanted to play with creating a film-noir effect. I have a built-in filter in Photoshop, but as I’ve said to myself before – I’m only going to post it if I can recreate it myself. And this is todays attempt.
The shot itself was pretty straight forward setup and shot. Low lighting (dimmer switch!) and a torch to create some highlights on the glasses and label. Had to up the ISO to 1600, due to the lighting, but I wasn’t worried about the noise this might have added, as i was going to add it in myself later! So once I had the shot in Photoshop, I firstly applied the film-noir filter and created a new file and set about trying to create a similar shot but on my own merit! So for this I created a Black & White adjustment layer and increased the darkness of the reds and yellows. I then played around with the Levels tool, and also the exposure and gamma settings and applied I slightly pale gray/pinky filter. Once I was happy with the shading of the image, I applied some Gaussian Blur to take away the sharp edges, and then finally I applied a very fine grain texture, and voila! It’s not exactly like the filter plug-in, nor is it as good, but if it was that easy to create, then I doubt there’d be specific plug-in for it in the first place! I was still pretty happy with the final image though, hopefully I will get more chance to retry this at another point.
Hopefully I can get outside tomorrow and shoot something other than still-life!
As always, thanks for reading peeps. Always appreciated!