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The Horror Film Effect

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  • The Horror Film Effect




    How I Did It:
    The first thing I did was crop it square. It was shot landscape, but there was just extra nothing on the right side of the building, so I cut it out to frame the building a little better. After that, I converted to black & white using the Photoshop CS2 Channel Mixer (didn’t have CS3 at the time) with 25% green and 75% blue. Then I did a levels adjustment by bringing the white point down to about 168 in order to brighten the building up a bit. I also created a layer mask at this point that separated the sky from the rest of the image so I could work on each one separately. So the first levels adjustment was just applied to the building. Then I used the same layer mask to apply a curves adjustment to the building. I adjusted the curve to a very harsh “S” curve to really bring out the contrast in the brickwork. Then I inverted the layer mask and applied it to a levels adjustment for the sky. Since there wasn’t much contrast in the sky to begin with, I had to bring the black point up to 170 and the white point down to 222. Then I applied a curves adjustment to the sky with another strong “S” curve to boost the contrast. Since the sky didn’t have a lot of contrast to begin with, my adjustments forced a lot of noise to become apparent in the sky. I considered trying to fix it, but I think it adds to the mood so I left it alone. The last thing I did was add vignette to the photo to darken the corners and boost the mood. And of course, a bit of sharpening at the end — though this photo didn’t need much because of the already high contrast.

    See more on how and where I took the photo at the Epic Edits Weblog.
    Brian Auer
    Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
    Epic Edits Weblog

  • #2
    Thanks for the How-to on your before and after Very interesting read. I like the end product a lot because of the very dramatic contrast. BTW, I added a link to this in the post-processing tutorial lists
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    • #3

      Spoooooky! This is one I could follow, and get good results. Well done.
      OK to re-edit and repost photo(s) only on DPS forums
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      • #4
        I like the "during" image - a very useful addition. I'll have to remember that next time I'm working on a "before and after" contribution!

        Wulf Forrester-Barker << Sites: blog / flickr >>
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        • #5
          Great work wulf! Thanks for sharing!
          Kunal Daswani -
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          • #6
            Thanks everybody!

            Wulf - I'm glad you like the "during" image. It's not too hard to put together as long as you save your Photoshop files and don't do any destructive editing. I basically just started at the bottom of the layer stack and turned on one at a time while doing a "copy merged layers" and dumping it into a new file.
            Brian Auer
            Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
            Epic Edits Weblog


            • #7
              awesome work. turned a 'blah' shot into something real cool looking. nice tutorial as well.
              Canon 30D, 17-40 f4L, 50 f1.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 DG Macro, 30 f1.4, battery grip, 430EX speedlight, Nikon SB-25, wireless transmitters/remotes, various filters, etc, etc.

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              • #8
                Thanks, Brian, this was really well done. Gives me hope for some of my ordinary photographs!
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                • #9
                  Hey, this is really neat. I love the sky and clouds, really gives the feel of something scary and terrifying!


                  • #10
                    That is awesome I like doing the same things.


                    • #11
                      I love it.

                      Got me thinking...............

                      That can be scary at times.


                      • #12
                        fierce conversion!
                        thanks for the detailed how-tos...made it easy to replicate and try on my own!
                        Nikon D200 + all Nikkor glass
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                        • #13
                          Glad you enjoyed. If you want to pick up a few more tricks, there are plenty more of these at my blog in the "PhotoBlog" category.
                          Brian Auer
                          Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
                          Epic Edits Weblog


                          • #14
                            now, if only there were castles like that here in cebu... lol
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                            • #15
                              Great PP and great looking photograps. I think I'm gona try this out... when I get some more training in PS
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