login info join!
Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > workflow retouch Ellen Von Unwerth style Search   Reply
Photographer
Herr Matula
Posts: 41
Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium


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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Dannielle Levan
Posts: 12,857
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada


Honestly, a lot of the effect is from in camera.
Oct 08 12 03:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Gulag
Posts: 1,217
Duluth, Georgia, US


it looks it was mostly captured in camera but some desat in post.
Oct 08 12 03:57 pm  Link  Quote 
guide forum
Photographer
Giacomo Cirrincioni
Posts: 20,902
New York, New York, US


What aspect(s) of the image are you trying to recreate?
Oct 09 12 08:41 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Ashish Arora
Posts: 2,061
Delhi, Delhi, 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  Quote 
Photographer
Oscar Partida
Posts: 729
San Diego, California, US


Ellen shoots on film,at least thats how she shot for DO Not Disturb
Oct 10 12 06:56 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Neil Snape
Posts: 9,438
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Neil Snape
Posts: 9,438
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  Quote 
Photographer
Herr Matula
Posts: 41
Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium


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  Quote 
Photographer
Leighthenubian
Posts: 2,735
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
  Search   Reply



main | browse | casting/travel | forums | shout box | help | advertising | contests | share | join the mayhem

more modelmayhem on: | | | edu

©2006-2014 ModelMayhem.com. All Rights Reserved.
MODEL MAYHEM is a registered trademark.
Toggle Worksafe Mode: Off | On
Terms | Privacy | Careers