The Gallery #11: Let's hear it for the boys

12 May

The fab Hipstamatic iPhone photos I’ve been seeing all over the place got me hankering for a bit of that retro 70s look. My childhood is recorded in sun faded, white bordered squares. Back far enough it’s recorded in sun faded, white bordered, black and white squares.

For Tara’s Gallery this week I have taken 6 of my favourite photos of the boys from the last month or so and I’ve recreated “the look” using a variety of Photoshop filters, layers and overlays.

First I added a cross processed layer. I experimented with Totally Rad Actions, Pioneer Woman Actions and Alien Skin until I got a colour balance I liked. My favourite recipe turned out to be Alien Skin Agfa Optima at low transparency overlaying Alien Skin Lomo Konica Film. You can cross-process manually quite easily and you don’t need an expensive photo manipulation programme to do it, download Gimp for free and follow this excellent tutorial which also covers colour popping.

As far as I know that’s about as much as can be done in Gimp since it doesn’t support layers, but no doubt once you get familiar with the programme you can work without layers adjusting colour balance and brightness to get just the right “retro look” you’re after.

So back to Photoshop, next I added three colour layers, peach, blue and pink and changed the layer blending options to Pin Light. I bumped them all down pretty low, 15-25% transparency and tried displaying different combinations of the three layers, it depends on your photo really.

Once I got all these layers balanced out to my liking I added a Levels adjustment layer and slid the mid point fairly far to the right to darken it all down a bit. I then added a layer mask and using a large fuzzy brush unevenly distributed the Levels adjustment to add a bit of interest to the shading.

I then ran Pioneer Womans Boost action (also free).

Finally a bit of TTV. Well fake TTV. It stands for Through The Viewfinder and real TTV involves taking a photo through the viewfinder of another camera. Which I’m not even going to think about doing! Fake TTV involves simply finding a TTV layer (this Flickr Group is full of them) and overlaying it over your photo. You can try various blending options but Multiply seems to work best.

And that’s it. A mix of early photography and retro 70s stuck in box and had red wine spilt on them photos.

Incidentally the sun is in Paul’s eyes – he’s not crying!

My boys for The Gallery. Can’t wait to see more.


50 Responses to “The Gallery #11: Let's hear it for the boys”

  1. Claire May 12, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    i know nothing of these techniques but like the results. great photos!

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 10:02 am #

      Thank you Claire – I learnt virtually everything online – photography communities really are the bees-knees.

  2. Nova May 12, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Gorgeous as usual, thanks for the tips will be back to link to those sites Gimp and Pioneer woman’s. It must take so long? Great effects though. :0)

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:44 am #

      GIMP is fab – I had it on this machine but I’ve run out of space (too many fofos). I need to archive then maybe do some GIMP tutorials or something, it’s free after all 🙂

  3. maggy May 12, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    Oh! What a fab set of photos!! I keep meaning to say”That one is my favourite” and then I see the next one… great job on the presentation!!!

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:45 am #

      lol! Yeah they are shown here in the order I did them and I think I was sort of getting the hang of it by the last one 🙂

  4. Make do mum May 12, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    These are fabulous. I love the frame on the last one.

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:45 am #

      Yup – the last is usually the best – like the last place you look is always where you find stuff 😉

  5. Pants With Names May 12, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Love your boys, in awe of your photoshop know how!

    My favourite is the last one, but the first 2 get the 70s faded photo look the best.

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am #

      I thought of scanning some photos of our 1974 holiday in Whitley Bay and pretending 🙂

      I really must have a go at recreating the scene with the same players then apply “That 70s” look.

      Who’d have thunk anything good would come out of the 70s?? (except Genesis….)

  6. Mirka Moore May 12, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    What can I say, amazing pictures as always 😉

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 10:02 am #

      Think you Mirka 🙂

  7. Kailexmummy May 12, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    I love the boys with the tree, my LM often sits with his hands on his eyes waiting for someone to say boo!

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:49 am #

      Ahh – could be that too – my immediate thought (even tho I knew he was just shading his eyes) is that he looked like he was crying his heart out… could be a peek-a-boo moment though 🙂

  8. kelloggsville May 12, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    lovely – I have spent hours playing with hipstamatic but I’m really not getting the best out of it yet.

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:51 am #

      I must steal my OHs iPhone and have a go myself one day (I suspect it will frustrate me!)

  9. Marylin May 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    These are gorgeous!! 🙂

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:52 am #

      Thank you my dear 🙂

  10. Louise @ WeeWifie's World May 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Wow!! What a great job you did with those photos!!

    Lovely collection… and lovely men in your life too 😉

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:52 am #

      Sssshhh – they’ll hear you and get all blaw heided! 🙂

  11. Chris May 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Lovely again…could you be a bit rubbish just once so I could write something else?!;-) I love the hair cut photo, fab!

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:53 am #

      Oh dear – before without the after? Eeek!

  12. Crystal Jigsaw May 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Very clever and very impressive. Love your photos.

    CJ xx

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 10:06 am #

      Thank you – I think this sort of massive editing you either love or hate, I’m not sure yet… I wouldn’t print them out I don’t think, but they are fun do make.

  13. Menna (@goingitalone) May 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    I love the looks that Hipstamatic app creates too (alas I don’t have an iphone). You’ve done a great job. The photos are fantastic.

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 10:04 am #

      Thanks Menna – I don’t have an iPhone either – I’ve tried taking photos with one though and I just wobble! They are so difficult to hold steady when you’re used to a big chunky camera with hand grips.

  14. Tara@Sticky Fingers May 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Alien skin? Blimey!
    I did download Gimp a while back but was a bit scared of it and hadn’t the foggiest what to do.
    Might have to check out the tutorial and have another go.

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:54 am #

      GIMP’s good tho I believe there are some free tools that support layers – Photoshop has a free online version – must check that out…

      • Simon May 17, 2010 at 1:14 am #

        FYI: GIMP does in fact support layers, but not in the same way as PotatoShop – it doesn’t have adjustment layers as such, but you can make amendments to different layers and mask them or blend them in various different ways.

        Thanks for the link to the TTV layers – I may use a couple of those myself, ta!

  15. Wendy May 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    The pictures are really wonderful. I love the one of the 2 boys on the tree branch. I also love Pioneer Woman! Ever read her love story? It is awesome (and her recipes are great too)!!

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:55 am #

      I have her book – I am a PW groupie :/

  16. Chelle May 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Uh, you sort of lost me on the technique LOL but you do make the most beautiful photos!
    Beautiful boys too:-)

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:56 am #

      Thank you Chelle 🙂

  17. London City Mum May 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    What fabulous photos. Makes me realise how feeble my efforts are (note to self: must try harder).

    LCM x

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:58 am #

      There’s no such thing as a feeble effort!!! 🙂 I only ever share my best shots – if you take enough photos there’s always more “best” shots and I take over 1,000 a week – can you imagine doing that on film? Whoa!

  18. Kristin May 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    I queen the goddess of photoshop! Fab.

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:58 am #

      Yup – I am a photoshopographer 🙂

  19. New Mummy May 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Fab photos!

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 10:06 am #

      Cheers m’dear!

  20. Barbara May 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Lovely pics. My favourite is definitely the tree one.

    Thank you for the Gimp link (I know you didn’t put it up just for me but I’m going to pretend you did). I downloaded the Gimp a while ago and haven’t really played with it that much (bit intimidated if I’m honest). I’m babysitting for a friend on Saturday so I will be taking my laptop and a note of that website with me.

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 9:59 am #

      Actually you did remind me of GIMP when you mentioned it so I thought I’d go look see if it could cross-process – cross-processing is very addictive – go play with it – such fun.

  21. Sian aka MummyTips / Cybermummy May 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    wow… I’m going to check them all out now!

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 10:07 am #

      If we don’t here from you in a week we’ll send out a search party (so addictive!)

  22. Kerry May 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    These are just gorgeous I want to go and play with my photos now!

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 10:08 am #

      Time sort of warps when you’re editing photos – a Photoshop minute is a bit like a Microsoft minute – it bears no relation to the actual passage of time 🙂

  23. Calif Lorna May 13, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Thanks for all the tips – I love playing with photo editing but have mainly stuck to flickr. Will have to try out your ideas. Really love the photo of the boys hanging off the tree.

    • mrsw May 13, 2010 at 10:12 am #

      Thank you – it’s amazing what we can do with our images now. I have literally trunks full of horrible blurry photos of my older two when they were babies 13/14 years ago – yet ones of me from 40-cough years ago are really not bad. There was a “dark ages” in affordable cameras through the 80s and 90s I think 🙂

  24. Bruce May 21, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    FYI: GIMP does in fact support layers, but not in the same way as PotatoShop – it doesn’t have adjustment layers as such, but you can make amendments to different layers and mask them or blend them in various different ways.

    Thanks for the link to the TTV layers – I may use a couple of those myself, ta!

  25. bubbleboo May 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    Beautiful photos – and thank you so much for the tips!

  26. Darklorddc June 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    GIMP fully supports layers. I use it frequently, and have had some images with more than three dozen layers. In fact, it’s more user friendly than layers in photoshop as far as I’m concerned, because of its much more intuitive interface.
    There actually should be a “layers” button right among your main buttons across the top. Click it and you’ll get the layers drop down menu.

    Found this because I was looking for a way to capture the look of my girlfriend’s hipstamatic app, esp. the John’s lens and the Ina’s 1969 film used together.

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