I have have started by creating a list of styles and looks that have come to mind whilst thinking about this exercise. They are as follows:
- Bold and crash colouring in the style of Martin Parr. Highly saturated and contrasty images. Push the primary colours.
- Gritty Reality used by various artists. Highly sharpened images that take on a look as if they have been drawn.
- Black & white, a classic style.
- Desaturated and softened like a watercolour painting.
I looked through my images and chose the one below. I have processed this one before but thought it would be good to start again from scratch. Therefore the image below is the original Raw converted to Jpeg with all its previous processing removed. This serves as our base reference picture.
|The original image. 1/8000 @ F1.8, ISO 100, EF85mm.|
|Martin Parr style.|
For my next interpretation I have chosen classic black & white processing. I would like this image to represent a traditional black and white photograph as opposed to a black & white version of a colour image. To aid with this I have cropped the image to a square format, resembling a medium format 2 1/4 inch square camera.
I spent some time in my RAW processor with various settings and achieved the following. Briefly, I started out setting the white balance and exposure and then worked on various colour channels. I found I had to re-set the exposure several more times during the process. Finally I added some grain.
|Old school black & white.|
For my final edit I am processing the image as softly as possible to make it look like a water colour picture. In Photoshop, this is fairly easy to achieve with post processing. My interpretation of the brief is that I need to try and achieve this during the RAW conversion so will not have the luxury of post processing. Therefore I will try and get this effect using solely Lightroom.
The characteristics of the type of image I am trying to create are soft, pastel colours with'blocked out' details.
I kept the same crop as above and after a lot of playing around, this is what I came up with.
|A painterly effect.|
Finally, below is the cropped Martin Parr style image.
|Martin Parr style cropped.|