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Hey fellow OCN photographers..

I've got a question, it's rather a big one I suppose.

My wife loves those old sepia vintage portraits from the 1900's and so do I, so I thought it might be great if I somehow could re-create this with my dSLR. But how?
I'm not unfamiliar with portrait photography, I've got 2 great pieces of glass for it and I love to use them, but all portrait I make aren't like those old portraits, there is something special about them that I can't put my finger on, first I thought it could be a very shallow DOF, so I experimented with f/ 1.4 and 1.8 but it's still not the same.

I do realize that these photos were made with a whole different kind of "camera" and on film of course but it can't be impossible to do it on digital.

Also about photographing with film, I'm not gonna do it. I tried it out because a lot of my friends encouraged me to do it because somehow it's "better" but I'm saying no. I shoot digitally since I was 16 and I'm 23 now and I think it's beyond my time. Digital is the future.

Any input would be appreciated. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by JorundJ;13551055 
Also about photographing with film, I'm not gonna do it. I tried it out because a lot of my friends encouraged me to do it because somehow it's "better" but I'm saying no. I shoot digitally since I was 16 and I'm 23 now and I think it's beyond my time. Digital is the future.

Ignorant. If this is your mindset, you might as well quit now. If you're not wlling to experiment with film, how can you expect to progress your skill as a photographer?
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Originally Posted by sub50hz;13551131 
Ignorant. If this is your mindset, you might as well quit now. If you're not wlling to experiment with film, how can you expect to progress your skill as a photographer?

Excuse me, but I did write that I tried it out already. It was also a part of my studies and I decided to stick with my dSLR.

Now would you be by any chance able to give me some input about the actual topic?
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It seems that the only way to get this style of photograph, you would need varying degrees of post processing...
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I'm 14. I shoot film. PROBLEM?
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Originally Posted by JorundJ;13551169 
Excuse me, but I did write that I tried it out already. It was also a part of my studies and I decided to stick with my dSLR.

Now would you be by any chance able to give me some input about the actual topic?

He's actually right, and the closest way you'll get to the vintage look is with photoshop. You need to stop being so closed minded in thinking that "digital is the future". Old medium and large format cameras are just as good or even better than most DSLRs, so digital still has a ways to go. Just because you "tried it out" doesn't mean you should disregard it completely. Give it more time.

Edit: So much editing to qualify arguments. Blah.
Edited by npham858 - 5/18/11 at 11:10am
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Doesn't your camera have a "sepia" mode?

If so, use that then have a browse on the gimp forums for suitable plugs (noise, grain, pro-sepia, aging or whatever)... unless you are rich enough to own photoshop biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Bo_Punk_2.0;13551241 
It seems that the only way to get this style of photograph, you would need varying degrees of post processing...

Hmm, yes, I'm also coming to this conclusion. thank's. smile.gif
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I'm 14. I shoot film. PROBLEM?

Not at all. I just wrote my own personal opinion, it doesn't count for anyone else. So if you want to shoot film, by all means, god speed.
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Originally Posted by npham858;13551264 
He's actually right, and the closest way you'll get to the vintage look is with photoshop.

I know film still has superior quality over digital, that's absolutely true. And perhaps the "digital is the future" might be going a bit to far.
And I meant by trying it out that I had several assignments in my studies over 3 years that introduced me to film and the darkroom.
I passed it, and I admit it's got something special, but importing my work as DNG's into my Lightroom libraries and processing it from there is much for comfortable and satisfying to me. And this makes me an ignorant doomed with photography?
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Originally Posted by newphase;13551287 
Doesn't your camera have a "sepia" mode?

If so, use that then have a browse on the gimp forums for suitable plugs (noise, grain, pro-sepia, aging or whatever)... unless you are rich enough to own photoshop biggrin.gif

Haha, yeah, I suppose it does.. So post-processing it is. smile.gif
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post #9 of 17
Yeah, I'd imagine you'd need to process it.

The type of camera, negative and processing were all vastly different then, even the medium they printed on. I'm not sure what the date of the film there was, but some of the ethereal effect can be caused by subject motion.

Some of those old photographs required absurdly long exposures, and ended up soft and alien looking because of it. Photographers even had braces to isolate people's backs and the such so they wouldn't move during the long exposure.

One of the reasons people look so solemn is that they were probably sitting there for a long time. I haven't seen a TON of them or anything, but your example seems like a rather animated one.
    
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I don't what PP software you're using, but Photoshop has presets for various BW modes. I think getting the BW right is the least of your problems. The dress and decorum matter a lot.
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