It must be odd that I am not a portrait shooter but I am all the time enticed by that genre to make new styles that are meant to be used for portraits. I like technical challenges and I decided to try making style with following goals:
- The style would be specifically meant for portrait shooting and it should have low-contrast look so that it would “flatten” the facial structures and thus it is not meant for “dramatic” look.
- The style would be a base for two “color gradings”, one that looks “Fuji” with cooler colors (fPro) and one that looks “Kodak” with warmer colors (kPro).
- There is no attempt to simulate any specific film but only play with the colors so that the Fuji look would have more civilized green output than with my NS160 -style while still giving more pastel greens and the Kodak look would have golden brown hue.
I guess I am more happy with the fPro than with the kPro. The latter might need some tuning still, though I probably just like more of a cooler toned photo than warm toned photo. The fPro -style has greens that are more pastel than “life” and The kPro -style has pronounced yellows, thus neither of them are neutral and suitable for “serious” use. But I wouldn’t publish them if I personally would not like the look they give. I found out that the fPro looks nice even with landscapes where a cooler look enhances the mood.
Both styles have “Portrait” -version and a “Pushed” -version. The pushed one has a bit higher contrast and very slightly higher saturation, thus the name “pushed”. I didn’t add any grain for the styles as there was naturally no certain grainy look that I was after and also as these styles could be used for portrait photos adding the grain is not always desirable. The styles are a bit “unbright” and probably benefit from giving positive exposure compensation.
I do not have suitable photos to show and offer them so that You can test the styles with Your photos. Let me know Your thoughts of the styles below.
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