Should this not have been sepia toned?

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  1. Dantheman4334

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    I like it in sepia alot, I would crop to remove some of the empty space to the right however.
     
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    To me sepia tone should be used when wanting to give something an old or vintage look.
     
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    I think you should leave it in color. And especially since his eyes match his cap and shirt ;D. And what the other two people said :p
     
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    I prefer the color version.

    I think sepia tone looks great on old buildings...not so great on young boys.
     
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    I agree. no sepia on this one. what a sweet shot. the boy looks so proud.
     
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    okay then. if no sepia, would black and white work better?
     
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    Don't know...give it a try.
     
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    Just did. Its not much better. I guess somethings are just not meant to look old timey :(
     
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    My opinion on sepia: Never use it.
     
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    I think you could do this old-timey using some form of split toning (that sepia is very, very, very orange), but you have to solve the image's original problems first. The crop, as mentioned. Also, when you think in limited colors (black and white, quadtone, split tone, etc), you have to address the tonality of the image. When you did the sepia conversion, the subject's face becomes a background tone and very flat. It needs to 'pop'. There are some problems that are difficult if not impossible to solve here regarding the light and the in-focus backgrounds, but I think for what you're looking for that's not going to be too much of a setback.

    Since you indicate your images are OK to edit, I put in about half an hour trying a few things out. Did a few tonal mods with curves, did the crop to a 5x7 ratio, did a black and white conversion on the lightness channel applied to itself with a 40% (or so) multiply, then did the split tone conversion with the black and white tool in photoshop. It defaults to a darker set of browns. I did that on a separate layer so I could fade the B&W version in behind it until it got the tone I was after. At the end I added a bit of grain on a separate layer, some more curve adjustments on an adjustment layer affecting only the luminosity, and added a very faded burn around the edges of the photo (in lieu of doing any vignetting with the lens correction tool).

    The most distinct disadvantage with the image in making it look 'old timey' is that the subject is holding something up that says '2008'. :)


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    I like what Rufus did very much - looks like a news clipping to me, rather than "vintage" treatment, which works great for the subject.
     

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