On May 19th and 20th 2014, there was a WWII encampment at Old Restoration Village.
If you have any interest in history around this time, 1939-1945, this was the place to be. There were about 75 re-enactors on site, each one explaining his or her different use during the war. Paratroopers, infantry, armored Calvary, and medics were there to re-create WWII for you.
I shot a lot of images while I was there. There was a lot of cool things going on. 33 TON Sherman tanks driving by and machine gunners trying to kill me. I wanted to make the images look like they were from the era, so I set to work in Photoshop when I got home
So here is how I did it.
You can do it a couple different ways. I used Adobe camera raw on these.
This software is available in Photoshop, Photoshop elements and Lightroom
1st open the image you want to work on in Abode camera raw (ACR).
This is our beginning image.
Let’s look at the tools for ACR.
Here is a very basic idea of what these sliders do.
Click on the “basic” button. Red Circle.
First adjust your white point, your mid-point, and your blacks to your preference. I almost always add some Clarity to the image.
If you know how to, you can use the Histogram as a guide.
For more info on using the histogram click here. (Coming Soon)
Then go to the “HSL/Grayscale button”. Red Circle. Check the “convert to grayscale” box.
This will change your image to black & white
Adjust the sliders underneath to get the image you want.
The Sliders represent the available colors that can be adjusted to change the contrast of the image. By all means play around with these.
Each represented color can be made darker or lighter, which will adjust the contrast of the black and white image.
Now comes the fun part. We are going to add some toning to the image to give it an old picture feel. Click on the “split toning” button. Red Circle,
Again, before you decide on the color, play around with the sliders and see all the different ways this panel can be used. For this tutorial, try to get as close to these settings as possible, but they are just a guide.
Now for the final touch, let’s add a white vignette and some good old fashion film grain. Click on the “fx” button. Red Circle.
Again, play around with the settings until it looks good to you. Mine are just a guide.
And that’s it. The best part is you never went into Photoshop or Light room.
You can now claim to be a WWII photographer and have the images to prove it.
Super Secret tip!
Once you have the image just the way you want it, You can save the settings and use them on other images.
First go to the little box looking button near the top of the ACR basic pallet.
When you click on this, a box will drop down. Simply click the “save settings” button as shown below.
When you do, this box will show up,
Choose all the attributes that you want in your Preset and click save.
This brings up this box. Don’t worry, we are almost done.
Type in a name for your new preset. Click SAVE and your done. Don’t worry about where it goes, I’m going to show you how to retrieve it and apply it to a new image.
After you have opened your new image in ACR, go back to the little box looking thing and click on it.
This brings up a new box,
Click “Apply Preset”, choose the preset you want and it will automatically apply the preset to your image.
Pretty cool ah?
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