Making digital look like Kodak Portra NC

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  1. wishbone_17

    wishbone_17 TPF Noob!

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    I was curious to know if anyone can show me steps how to make my digital images look more like Kodak Portra NC. I am trying to learn different Photoshop techniques as I learn the program and this is one of the techniques I am really interested in.


    Also, can someone tell me how to get that vignette look to my images using Photoshop? Or maybe direct me to a website that has tutorials that cover this kind of stuff (I have already watched U Suck @ Photoshop).

    Thanks.
     
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    reg TPF Noob!

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    Interesting in buying a plugin?

    Check out Alien Skin's "Exposure" plugin.
     
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    davebmck TPF Noob!

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    U Suck at Photoshop is a satire. It is not a real tutorial.
     
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    Joves No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Actually you might look at Ken Rockwells site. While I hate his opinons on cameras and, other various things. He does know photoshop and, has some tutorials on there.
    Disclaimer: Photoshop is the only thing I will ever suggest going to Rockwells site. :lol:
     
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    wishbone_17 TPF Noob!

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    Reg - Is the Exposure Plugin a whole other program or something that you use through Photoshop (like a filter for certain film looks)?

    Davebmck - I know You Suck at Photoshop is a satire but it is also really informative people who are learning Photoshop.

    Joves - I will check out his site. Thanks for the heads up.


    Are there anyother tutorials for this type of thing on the internet? I can only assume there are, I just don't know where to look. I don't mind buying a program to do the work but I would much rather learn how to do it myself so I can fine tune it.

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
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    Alpha Troll Extraordinaire

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    Portra NC is not a film you could easily match digitally, especially since its dynamic range is likely wider than your sensor. Granted, it would probably be possible to nail it down to something of a science but it would require a lot of side-by-sides and if I were doing it personally I wouldn't be doing it in RGB.

    For the record I think Alien Skin's "exposure" is total quackery. Converted images look nothing like the stated films in my opinion.
     
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    epatsellis TPF Noob!

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    well for less than $50, you can buy a film camera and a few rolls....
     
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    I have 7 film cameras and shoot on them regularly. I shoot digital when I need to keep costs down for specific jobs. I am also opposed (at the moment) to buying a program because I would rather learn more about Photoshop through this lesson rather than how to click a button in Photoshop.

    As for Portra NC..... It doesn't have to be exactly like Portra NC, I am just looking for a lesson on how to make the images more natural looking in color.

    Below is a link to a photographer who regularly shoots digital but her work looks more natural than that. The tones are almost muted. Much like the look Portra NC gives.

    The link is:

    http://www.elizabethweinberg.com/

    I am trying to find a way for my work to look more like hers.

    I understand that a lot has to do with time of day, clothing, season, etc, but even her "summer" shots are still very muted.

    Thanks.
     
  9. Hawaii Five-O

    Hawaii Five-O My alter-egos have been banned. :( Now I must be

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    I've always wanted to shoot with porta film, but I haven't yet heh.
     
  10. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Why not?
     
  11. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I find most DSLRs standard settings are more saturated and contrasty than color print film. Either tone them down in the jpeg parameter settings, or shoot raw and process by inspection.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    People who shot with Kodak MAX don't ask how to make their prints look more like Portra NC. They simply switch negative and shoot with Portra NC. It is no different now that we have DSLRs..... digital is just another medium...

    On that token... You can get into the ballpark easier with adjustments in Adobe Lightroom. In photoshop, have you tried just decreasing contrast and saturation?
     

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