Guenther_Amanita, avatar

Very lovely, thank you for your awesome guide! I wanna see way more of those kinds, very helpful and straight to the point.

I already developed this exact style by accident and I’m using it most of the time for my pics.
I have a 1/4 or 1/2 black mist filter strapped on and do following post-processing steps:

  • decrease contrast
  • increase brilliance
  • add some grain
  • stronger filmic RGB with blacks lifted, and too strong lights
  • and then increase or decrease the strongest color in the color spectrum thingy (I don’t know the english name for it, sorry).

Here are a few recent examples: DSC05701DSC06212DSC05699DSC05737DSC06126


Thanks for sharing your steps! How do you decide if you should increase or decrease the strongest color?

Guenther_Amanita, avatar

Depends on the mood I want to archive.

If it should look a bit dreamy or special, then I increase the blue of the sky/ the orange of a sunset/ the tone of the subject for example. See photo 1 and 2.

Normally, I don’t amplify specific colours by default, because I have a CVD and then the pic looks very artificial. It’s more of a special style element that’s used when needed, but not otherwise.

If I want to let the viewer to look at the “contrast”, which I already decreased by a lot, to let patterns or objects pop out more, or give the pic a “depressing” mood, then I decrease the brilliance of one tone. See photo 2

Picture 1: It still looks “wintery and sad”, but the green of the twig is amplified. If the greens wouldn’t be re-compensated, the whole pic would almost be black and white.

Pic 2: here I increased the purples a bit and amplified the shadows to fetch the mood and focus of the sunrise

Picture 3: still not much contrast, but the almost black&white-look and increased shadows put the focus onto the ice crystals instead of the interior of the barn.
In that way, I can artificially set more contrast, even if I reduced it before.

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