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Marcus Christopher
Posts: 73
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  Quote 
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Darren Green
Posts: 1,374
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  Quote 
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Natalia_Taffarel
Posts: 7,665
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  Quote 
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Marcus Christopher
Posts: 73
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  Quote 
Retoucher
Marcus Christopher
Posts: 73
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  Quote 
Photographer
Francisco Castro
Posts: 1,668
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  Quote 
Photographer
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  Quote 
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Gulag
Posts: 1,231
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  Quote 
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