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PRO Film Noir
Difficulty: Intermediate , Length: 1:40 HR
• Color Highlights and Shadows
• Two Tutorials in One!
• Remove Distractions
• Lighting Explained
• Advanced Sharpening

Learn how to perfect color as we cover two amazing images from start to finish! Every light and color explained in a way that will make you able to bring drama and interest into every image you create.

Whether it is placing you above your competition, making brides happier, or bringing a Film Noir series to life, these techniques are universal.

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PRO Tutorial: Film Noir
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Behind the Scenes Video

This behind the scenes video cover every aspect of the Film Noir photo shoot from lighting to production. We talk about some of the difficulties of shooting on a fire escape and how we match strobe lighting to the ambient light.

Fire Escape

Shooting on a fire escape was probably the most difficult shoot I have done when it comes to logistics. There is a ton that can go wrong and pretty much everything gets harder when you are shooting a subject 3 stories up.

Learn to Color Like a Boss

This tutorial focuses on what is really important when it comes to coloring an image – learning why each color is chosen. We cover color theory, and using lighting that is appropriate to your scene. Don’t worry we keep it light and interesting.

In both of these images we discuss why each light was placed, and how to bring in complimentary colors to further enhance your images.

Film Noir Photoshop Tutorial Final

Removing Distractions

Hover over the image below to see how we get rid of distractions in this PRO Photoshop Tutorial. In almost every image you take there will be something that will get in the way of the viewer paying attention to the subject. Learning how to get rid of these distractions will clean up your image and help make things a bit more simple.

The techniques in this tutorial are universal and will work on any image!

1964 Thunderbird

When shooting in a car there are a lot of things that you have to take into account. One of the big ones is the color of the lights around a car. Tail lights will be colored different than headlights, and the directionality of the lights is important in maintaining fidelity. In this Photoshop tutorial we cover how to bring out natural color of those lights as well as bring in the appropriate colors to balance them out.

Removing Shadows and Coloring

When lighting an image it can be difficult to account for where every shadow will fall, and sometimes you wind up putting a shadow on someone’s face. In this image we placed a medium sized soft box camera right to light the subjects, but the rear view mirror created a shadow on one of the subjects. This sort of thing happens often and knowing how to take care of these shadows can be a huge help!

In this Photoshop tutorial we cover how to remove the shadow in a few easy steps, taking into account brightness, color, masking and theory. Rollover the image to see a before and after.

Bringing Out the Most In an Image

Most of the images you take have a potential to get much better in post production. It sounds weird to say, but I look at pressing the shutter as just one step in a long series that leads to the final image. Learning how to bring out that extra 20% of every image you take could be the thing that will put your photography over the top.

Whether it is placing you above your competition, making brides happier, or bringing a Film Noir series to life, these techniques are universal.

Film Noir Photoshop Tutorial Final

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Film Noir Photoshop Tutorial Final
Film Noir Photoshop Tutorial Final
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One way to figure out the lighting in a photo besides looking at the direction of the shadows, is to look into the eyes and particularly the catch lights in the eyes can help you figure out the type of light used by its shape in the eye as well as the directions it was lit