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Noir film style

By kamil018    
I invited some friends from my work and had a lot of fun making few stylised sessions, this is one of them as detective from noir film. This required some acting so face expressions may be not right, but overall they and I are hapy with results. There was a lot of ideas from both sides as we worked together at every photo. On this photo is Radek

Tags: Black and white Detective Noir Portraits and people

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hobbo Plus
8 1.4k 3 England
13 Oct 2018 7:07AM
Well done you.......I like this very much, the tonal range is just right fir this genre of photography.

I am a great fan of the style.


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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2018 7:56AM
I do like this. There's very nice attention to details and they are subtly placed, particularly the bottle. And the b&w treatment is suitably harsh, aggressive. I suspect that we will see more, with different angles of light, but looking at this various possibilities come to mind.

There's the shadow of horizontal slat blinds, I hope you used those further, they are classic noir. And then there's that table lamp... You are using two light sources here, try closing the blinds and just use the lamp, placed lower, on the left. Use it to create menacing shadows on the wall behind...
kamil018 2 2 Poland
13 Oct 2018 8:16AM
In fact there are 3 suorces of light, on at horizontal blinds, one above head to separate from background and light up the smoke (that was changed angle in Robert and Kasia's photos to not make shadow on desk like on Radek's photo) and 3rd at letf with snoot to light up face. There should be 4th light to simulate light from tablelamp, or cloud use Phptoshop, in this case bright book takes a lot of light from top light and looks like lamp is actually on.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2018 8:30AM
Yes, I can see the third light now. For my appreciation of film noir as a style, that's too many. If you do this again, as an alternative try out just one dominant light source, placed low and to the side. Keep the lighting simple, aggressive...

EDIT PS, As part of a totally separate study group that I run I recently rewatched Sergei Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible, which was heavily influenced by film noire. There's a page of stills here , check out the shadows created by the sort of lighting I described above...
dudler Plus
16 986 1537 England
13 Oct 2018 10:45AM
This is a really nice shot, and I love the style. I like low, contrasty light anyway, and when I was asked to run a film noir lighting workshop a few months back, it made me do a little research.

The origins are largely in Hollywood films with low budgets and inventive lighting: if the background is dark, nobody can see how shabby and imperfect the set is! Part of that would be to use light economically - so you could achieve separation of the hat from the background by having some of the light through the blinds going across the wall by the hat, rather than rimlighting the hat.

Similarly, how about balalcning the strength of the lights so that the desk lamp is actually forming a pool of light on the desk?

The other step you could take is to collect bits and bobs that are authentic (or authentic-looking) period pieces - the male model I've worked with a couple of times on the theme brings a box of old kit - camera, typewriter, whisky, and a vape to produce loads of non-toxic smoke (he hides the vape, and holds a cigarette for the picture).
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4051 Canada
13 Oct 2018 2:15PM
These are all really good.

dudler has some very useful points that will make these even better.


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