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1940\'s Glamour?
Old 03-25-2004, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a few lighting and Phootshop hints from our own Mike Hickey concerning this particular style. I didn't have the same equipment he used and I'm just a basic PS user but here is my attempt at it. It comes close to what I want to achieve but it's not quite there. I vow to continue my endevors but any help anyone can give would be much appreciated.

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Re: 1940\'s Glamour?
Old 03-26-2004, 09:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty darn good.

I think I may have just the thing for you. Give this a try and see if it is the "photoshop" effect you are looking for:

in the layers palette, drag the 'Background' onto the empty page icon to duplicate the layer

and depending on the res. of the image, run a gaussian blur on the layer, enough so all the detail is gone, leaving only soft fuzzy color.

a general rule of thumb is if the image is 1000 x 1000 pixels, do like gblur 5-6, for 2500 x 2500, do 8-10.

once that is done, set the layer opacity to about 75% then set the layer mode to 'Screen'.

This filter cleans up all the noise in digital photos, and makes a nice ethereal glow around your subject sometimes what I'll do is dupe the background again, so it's underneath the glow layer, then do a curves, and ramp it down darker, to offset the brightening from the 'screen' mode - but sometimes brightening it up looks killer so i leave it.

you can also mess with the opacity, at 100% its reaaal ethereal, at 35 - 50% , just a touch of glow.

Hope that helps.

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Re: 1940\'s Glamour?
Old 03-26-2004, 09:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I like the photos, but in general wasn't the 40's style usually low key rather than high key?
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Old 03-27-2004, 12:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would have to agree. There were some great high key images taken back then with the pecentage being about 80% of them low key and 20% high key with stong mid-tone grays in both.

About five years ago I belonged to a few news groups and had a program that would download pictures from the ones I subscribed to. I would set the program and go to bed and let that 28k modem downlaod one picture every 10-15 minutes. I now have about 3,000 pictures of movies stars from the 30's, 40's and 50's that I refer to once in a while but have not really studied the techniques.

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You want to do \'40\'s Glamour, Grasshopper?
Old 03-27-2004, 11:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Then mark you well the works of a Master, the incomparable Bernard of Hollywood.

His book, "Bernard of Hollywood's Guide to Pin-up Photography" inspired a generation of cheesecake-loving shutterbugs, and remains a great achievement in the field. While using equipment and techniques ancient by today's standards, it is still a must-have in the library of any pin-up planner. It is not in print at the moment, but copies are readily available used through Amazon.com or half.com. Of particular interest to the photographer is the fact that every photograph is accompanied by a lighting diagram and a brief technical analysis.

His daughter, Susan Bernard, has also published several small collections of her father's work and one Magnum Opus, an oversized coffee-table hardcover whose title escapes me at the moment. While not as technically useful, these are also well worth having. You can visit her website at http://www.bernardofhollywood.com , but it seems to be having a few technical difficulties right at the moment.

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Re: You want to do \'40\'s Glamour, Grasshopper?
Old 04-01-2004, 11:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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dont forget Gowland... http://www.petergowland.com
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Quite so.
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Gowland is one of the giants. His books are also well worth reading.

By the way, here's the book I couldn't remember the name of:

Bernard of Hollywood's Ultimate Pin-Up Book by Bruno and Susan Bernard

9x12, 360 page, more than 450 pics. A tour-de-force of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Hey, so it's $42.50 - that's less than ten cents a photo! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

You can also see Bernard's work in this smaller collection:

Bernard Pin-up Book Set

This is three little hardbound books, called "Brunettes," "Blondes," and "Redheads" respectively, with each concentrating on women with the sort of hair referred to. Each has 25 vintage Bernard pics and an intro from Susan Bernard. At six bucks for all three (the cover price is $6.95 *each*) they're a steal.

Bud Plant Comic Art has a large and ever-changing variety of books on pin-up, nude, and erotic photography, and I recommend them highly. Their service and merchandise are topnotch.

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Re: 1940\'s Glamour?
Old 04-03-2004, 04:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hmmm, going to give this a try...thanks.
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