If you ever you get stuck for ideas, a retro style or pose is always something that’s fun to try. Last Tuesday, I told you how I made ‘Old School Hollywood Portrait’ images and today it’s an playful homage to the kind of shots that the late Peter Gowland made during the 1950’s. I was fortunate to know Mr. Gowland late in his life and my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography is dedicated to Peter and Alice Gowland.
Step 1: This original color portrait of my wife Mary and was made during my review of the Broncolor Senso/Litos lighting kit for Shutterbug magazine. Camera used was a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens with an exposure of 1/125 second at f/14 and ISO 100.
Step 2: Next I applied the Silver Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-in that takes the image even more into yesterday. I used the default setting but always minimize an additional grain by moving the slider all the way to the left. Then I used a copper toning to warm up the image and give the kind of warm-toned look that was popular in the 1950’s and well into the sixties. Then a touch of the Classic Soft Focus filters that’s of Color Efex Pro was added.
Step 3: As a final touch, I used Photoshop’s Render>Lens Flare effect to add some snap to the image as well as disguise the fact that there is no flashbulb (I think it requires an AG-1 that I don’t have) in the flash gun and produced just the final effect I wanted.
Joe is the author of “Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photography” which is available in Kindle or new paperback editions or affordable used copies from Amazon.com.