Step 1: When you get stuck for ideas, a retro style or pose is always something that’s fun to try. This original color portrait of my wife Mary is an homage to the kind of shots that Peter. Gowland made during the 1950’s and was made during my review of the Broncolor Senso/Litos lighting kit for Shutterbug magazine. Exposure with a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens was 1/125 second at f/14 and ISO 100.
Step 2: Using Nik Silver Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-in takes the image even more into yesterday. I applied 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 that’s part of the Select and Complete editions of Nik 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) in the flash gun produced just the final effect I wanted.