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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat View Post
    Looks like a major sausage fest...with some girls working.

    Other than that...love your pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat View Post
    That is some fantastic lighting for in a club! Mind sharing what your lighting situation was?

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    In an effort to make my Civil War reenactment pictures look more "old," I taught myself something in Photoshop (for once).

    Here's my first attempt at distressing an image this way:



    Thoughts??

    I'm not sure I like the border...
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    Hey, sorry I didn't reply to your PM earlier. I think what you have looks pretty good! If you aren't happy with your distressing, you can Google grunge overlays and find a bunch to choose from, but I think what you have is pretty good. The one nitpick I would have, and you pointed it out, is the boarder. What you have is a messy boarder that is a common replication of a enlarger tray that has had it edges messed with, which they really didn't have at the time. The boarders you would see were messy, but they tended to be from the hand painting of the silvering medium onto the plate. Often that was just a reduction of contrast at the edges:



    Also, I don't know why, but is seems like a lot of the images from the time had the corners clipped:



    If you search for calotype (a common process of the time) you will get a lot of great reference results. The darks tend to be a very metallic looking, so printing on metallics might help sell it a bit as well (don't know about that one as the lights on metallics are what look shinny, but it might work). Lastly, I might take the sepia down just a touch (or split tone it so that they are more in just the highlights), but again, I think it is a great start.

    Sorry again for being tardy

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    I used two images as overlays to this at about 20% opacity. One is a picture of an old, cracked Spanish stucco wall that had really neat pocking and some cracks running through it (which I thought would do well to represent random grain, etc). The other was a dust/fuzz/fingerprint-on-glass image that I found on the net and inverted.

    First, I imported the RAW image to Lightroom, dropping an antique grayscale preset on it, and touching up the contrast and black levels. Then, using the "Edit in Photoshop CS3" function of Lightroom, I imported the .dng file to PS. Then I hit the image with the Add Noise filter at 10% and Gaussian/monochromatic. Then, I dropped the two overlays that I converted a using the same Lightroom antique grayscale preset on top of the image in PS, rotated them randomly and sized them to match my image, and then adjusted their opacity to about 20%. After that, I dropped the border on top of the whole stack and sized it. Saving the file, I went back into Lightroom and made sure the contrast and black levels were where I wanted them (since the overlays take out some contrast and blacks). And there ya go.







    It's neat to have something new and fun to play with. To make the distressing of the images more random, I started distorting and twisting the overlays around after the second attempt. I think it turned out okay that way. The only other thing I might try with these (aside from maybe locating another border to try out) is to "defocus" them a little bit. Things seem to be just a little too sharp. I know that with the quality of the lenses back in the 1800s and the length of the exposures of fixed-stop cameras, there always seems to be a little bit of focus and motion blur to the image.

    All-in-all, though, I like the way these turned out. Hopefully some of the reenactors that I gave my biz card to do as well.
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    Money Mark of the Beastie Boys - On this one I gelled the flash to tungsten and then set the camera WB to tungsten to bring out the dark blue dusk



    Gelled flash again the throw off the colors and warm up the subject while bluing out the background



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    Glenn, those are fricken awesome! they look like the real deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat View Post
    Glenn, those are fricken awesome! they look like the real deal!
    Thanks, man!

    I'm liking your flash-gel techniques. Cool ideas and cool pictures.

    Funny that, looking back through this thread, you can see how everyone who has really been involved in it has really developed their own style as photographers in the last couple years. Pretty cool, if you ask me.
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    OKay, like I said, I am playing Mr. Mom this summer, so today it was the Natural History Museum










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    Nice! Family pics are the best.

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