Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > workflow retouch Ellen Von Unwerth style

Photographer

Herr Matula

Posts: 41

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

I've been experimenting a bit on some shots that I would like to give an edgier boudoir style.  Does any PS-wizz know how to get this effect (like in the example)?

http://data.touchpuppet.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ellen-von-unwerth03.jpg
(C) Ellen Von Unwerth

Oct 08 12 02:57 am Link

Retoucher

Shine Retouching

Posts: 194

Chicago, Illinois, US

One way that adds contrast is:
1.Hue saturation on its own layer
2.Lower the saturation slider all the way to the left
3.Change the blending mode on the saturation layer
To soft light.
4.Lower the opacity on the hue sat layer all the way.
5.Bring the opacity slider back up to your taste.

Here is another way:
1.add a adjustment black and white layer above your completed
Retouched layer.
2.Change layer mode to soft light
3.experiment moving sliders of colors.

Let me know if u have questions.

Oct 08 12 01:39 pm Link

Photographer

Dannielle Levan

Posts: 12857

New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

Honestly, a lot of the effect is from in camera.

Oct 08 12 03:48 pm Link

Retoucher

Lulie Lens

Posts: 157

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The steps needed to get to the finished result depends on the image your starting with. Care to share so we can help you better?

Oct 08 12 03:51 pm Link

Photographer

Gulag

Posts: 1250

Duluth, Georgia, US

it looks it was mostly captured in camera but some desat in post.

Oct 08 12 03:57 pm Link

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Photographer

Giacomo Cirrincioni

Posts: 21383

New York, New York, US

What aspect(s) of the image are you trying to recreate?

Oct 09 12 08:41 am Link

Retoucher

Ashish Arora

Posts: 2064

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

mmcreative wrote:
Honestly, a lot of the effect is from in camera.

This. She is one of the classic photographers that rely on a minimal old school photography setup.

What are you trying to achieve this on?

Oct 10 12 06:27 am Link

Photographer

Oscar Partida

Posts: 732

Palm Springs, California, US

Ellen shoots on film,at least thats how she shot for DO Not Disturb

Oct 10 12 06:56 am Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Ellen does shoot a lot of film. I haven't seen her shoot for years though. A lot of existing light and hard light, without modifiers. She doesn't like to fill, try to perfect light, but particpates in the shoot which is very free.

So that look is hard light, on film likely pushed (over exposed the +3) on say VHC or similar.

Oct 10 12 07:05 am Link

Retoucher

NickWatson

Posts: 59

London, England, United Kingdom

There is no particular process to achieve her 'look'.

We retouched her campaign for river island ss12 (http://www.disneyrollergirl.net/high-sp … er-island/)

And the look is achieved by a lot of masking and A LOT of adjustment layers mainly focusing on boosting contrast and altering individual colour channels on curve layers.


It is not a simple process and it certainly is not achieved 'in camera'.

ps. it was shot on canon 5d!

Oct 11 12 03:10 am Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Like all the others Roversi etc they have retouchers or digitechs mimic the way they like to see.

Glad to read your post, it is the real answer.

I've worked beside Ellen before while she was shooting video, a very cool and seemingly free person. Hence the fun pictures she makes really are fun.

Oct 11 12 03:31 am Link

Photographer

Herr Matula

Posts: 41

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Paramour Productions wrote:
What aspect(s) of the image are you trying to recreate?

The washed-out colours, the saturation, the grain...

Oct 11 12 09:33 am Link

Photographer

Leighthenubian

Posts: 2964

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Herr Matula wrote:
I've been experimenting a bit on some shots that I would like to give an edgier boudoir style.  Does any PS-wizz know how to get this effect (like in the example)?

http://data.touchpuppet.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ellen-von-unwerth03.jpg
(C) Ellen Von Unwerth

Looks like ISO 1600/3200 with the contrast and sharpness jacked up with available lighting. Then it's a matter of masking and selective colouring.

Why don't you shoot it and then post a casting for a retoucher to run with the other 50% work?

Oct 14 12 08:53 am Link

Photographer

Photographer in LA

Posts: 39

Los Angeles, California, US

I can't see the image but I used to assist Ellen in LA . Loading film for was a bitchcause she shot so fast . She used to shoot contax 645 x2 one with 400vc one with tri x . F6 x 2 same film and 600se with 665 RIP.  lighting was always HMI direct with 1/2 frost 4x frame . As for retouching every job is different depending on the client or specific look of the story. Now it's all digital but the lighting is the same ...

Jul 09 13 01:19 am Link