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Marcus Christopher

Posts: 91

Vienna, Wien, Austria

Hi all,

one of my clients has a pro-bono shooting coming up at the beginning of June that revolves around the look of Ancient Rome. I would like to offer my help in retouching the shots, alas, I find I'm having difficulties imagining what the final photos could look like and how to convey that "ancient" atmosphere.

I would be happy, if any of you could offer some suggestions: What kind of lighting would you use? What colors? High or low contrast? What about grain?
And can you think of any fashion photos from the 20th or 21st century that had a similar look?

Your help would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Marc

May 17 13 03:01 am Link

Photographer

Darren Green

Posts: 1374

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Try watching the series 'Rome' HBO I believe or perhaps the movie 300.

Both have very different looks but you may get some ideas from there.

Good luck, cheers.

May 17 13 03:29 am Link

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Natalia_Taffarel

Posts: 7665

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This is what comes to mind if I think ancient Rome http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c … A16979.jpg

But I'd summarize it with reduced color palette as you would see in traditional art.

All the movies that cover the subject well go for 2 or 3 main tones and mute the rest the tones they chose usually go with the mood of the movie.

May 17 13 05:39 am Link

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Marcus Christopher

Posts: 91

Vienna, Wien, Austria

Natalia_Taffarel wrote:
But I'd summarize it with reduced color palette as you would see in traditional art.

All the movies that cover the subject well go for 2 or 3 main tones and mute the rest the tones they chose usually go with the mood of the movie.

Thank you very much. That sounds like a good idea.

May 17 13 06:03 am Link

Retoucher

Marcus Christopher

Posts: 91

Vienna, Wien, Austria

Darren Green wrote:
Try watching the series 'Rome' HBO I believe or perhaps the movie 300.

Both have very different looks but you may get some ideas from there.

Good luck, cheers.

Thank you for the suggestions. I have never seen the series "Rome" - probably should do so soon. The movie "300" is a bit too dark for my tastes, though. I think, I would prefer to go in a lighter direction... less aggressive, more sophisticated...

May 17 13 06:08 am Link

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Francisco Castro

Posts: 1877

Cincinnati, Ohio, US

marccee wrote:
Thank you for the suggestions. I have never seen the series "Rome" - probably should do so soon. The movie "300" is a bit too dark for my tastes, though. I think, I would prefer to go in a lighter direction... less aggressive, more sophisticated...

The TV series, Spartacus, might be better. Not as dark as 300, but does have muted tones, leaning on black and browns. However, the palatte still incorporates pastels when needed.

Example: For this image, I used gold as my palatte; browns and yellows of varying degrees.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/101120/12/4ce8326a3c741.jpg

May 17 13 06:25 am Link

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Engelsen

Posts: 118

Stavanger-Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway

Painter Lawrence Alma Tadema specialized in scenes from the roman era. And he put great efforts into making details historically correct based on archeology and the knowledge in his time.

https://www.google.no/search?q=alma+tad … 76&bih=834

May 19 13 06:32 am Link

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Gulag

Posts: 1253

Duluth, Georgia, US

Nothing beats the real ancient paintings preserved in Pompeii.

http://www.amazon.com/Splendor-Roman-Wa … l+Painting

May 19 13 06:37 am Link