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Film Noir

By BlindMonkey  
Its been a while since i last uploaded an image on here, since then my photography has changed and hopefully got better. This image was taken a few weeks ago i was trying to get the old film noir style into the image.

Thanks for looking


Tags: Model Hat Fashion Boudoir Studio photography Corset Film noir Studiolighting

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dudler Plus
16 996 1554 England
16 Dec 2018 9:15PM
OK, this is right in my territory! Model and moody lighting...

It would be interesting to see the unprocessed original, as I wonder if a little more shadow detail is possible. I think it would look good.

Noir is more than underexposure, and you have some bright highlights. In the best tradition of Film Noir, you need to work hard to control the light very precisely, so that everything is illuminated just as much as you want - no more, no less. I've recemtnly experimented at home HERE - and included a shot of hte lighting setup.

In this case, for my taste, a bit more on the model's face, a bit less in the highlights, and nothing (or nothing much) on the background. I'd also consider either making more of hte chair, or excluding it from the shot. A little bit of it in the bottom left corner looks messy.

If you can arrange a digital projector (or even an old-fashioned slide projector, with a suitable skyline) for a bit of out-of-focus background detail, so much the better.

From the EXIF data, I'm guessing studio flash units?

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2122 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2018 9:37PM
John got here ahead of me. It's a really stylish set-up, but for this to be successful those areas of light and shadow need to be simplified and very carefully placed to give structure.

The hat, hair and shoulders are great but elsewhere things get confused. The lighting/shadow on the arm and hand is harsh and ugly and the hip is a distraction. Light is catching the tip of the model's nose, whereas if it was catching her lips it would say something.

The chair is fabulous, it looks like a laced corset. It could dominate a composition very effectively. I hope you have more to show us!
BlindMonkey 15 158 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2018 9:51PM
Thank you guys. This was my first attempt at this style of photography. Thought I would try something different for the last 20 minutes of the session with the model. Next time I will do a bit of research into it before hand
dudler Plus
16 996 1554 England
16 Dec 2018 9:53PM
I think the black thing is a laced corset, Moira!

Bottom left corner, though, looks more conventional...
Robert51 11 7 92 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2018 7:58AM
I think John has it spot on and his mod is great as it lights the face which is the main point of interest.

For me noir is contrast (sharp) but I like the more muted look. This can be done with this image by opening a curves layer and pulling the bottom black point up and the top white point down to require levels, staying at the edge. Now click on the curve's layer mask and then click apply image under the image drop down on the main menu bar. This is very quick and also gives a image like John's.

This is a good image that just needs those final touches...
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2018 8:23AM
With John entirely. A bit too noir for me with highlights in the wrong places. Interesting that the hand is sharp but the head slightly less so. I assume, in these circumstances, you used manual focus?

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4072 Canada
17 Dec 2018 12:52PM
Tried a mod
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 609 England
17 Dec 2018 9:25PM
While dark shadows are part of film noir and low key in general (there is overlap between these styles), this does benefit from the lightening of her face so we can see t least something of the eyes - the eyes are an important part of any portrait.
Some shots can work without the eyes just as some shots work with compltely dark shadows. For example, here the model is dominant in the frame so the eyes are more important. If she were a smaller element in a larger scene, the shadow treatment could be different. Those are not hard and fast rules, just my thoughts on the process I would have producing this type of image.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2018 3:03PM
Once any technical issues are discussed, content and, to a degree, composition are always subjective and depend on te viewers preferences. Some like some things, others different tings and that is what makes the world go round.

For me, as I so often say, for the vast majority of images, quality comes before content and that particularly means exposure and sharpness.


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