Going All Antique

My son, who at four is becoming increasingly bilingual, learnt a new word the other day – antique. In tribute to Mr. Fox’s fake antiques (2 minutes and 27 seconds in), here’s some antique plate photos courtesy of Silver Efex Pro. My son however, would not stay still long enough, so big sister filled in as subject.

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Typed while, um, in the Forest.





5 thoughts on “Going All Antique

  1. I really like this effect, Dean; there’s a certain moodiness that grabs my attention. May I be bold, please, and ask what your toning settings are in Silver Efex Pro? I’m close but not close enough! A million thanks in advance & a huge thank you for the inspiration & tips throughout your blog, which I’ve been following since buying an X-Pro1.


    • Hi Tony. Thanks for the kind words.

      In this case, I was working in manual with off camera flash. The X100s was set to daylight balance (cos shooting with flash outside), ISO 200, DR 100, H-Tone -1, S-Tone -1, B&W + R filter and all other settings default. That’s my custom setting for when I use off camera flash, except for the B&W setting. I just changed it to that in this case from the usual Pro Neg. Std.

      This is a little different from my usual B&W custom settings, which are auto for ISO, DR & white balance, and NR -1, H-tone 0, S-tone +1 and B&W R filter. All others at default.

      Then, in Capture One I converted the jPegs (& the RAWs) to TIFFs, and then imported them to Lightroom. Basically, I adjusted them to give nice open and bright, but not too contrasty files. Basically, a base to start form. I have no idea if this makes any difference at all. It’s just what I do. If I’m going to use jPEGs, I just like to turn them into more robust TIFFs first. Might actually be a huge waste of time. Who knows. I personally get better results from Capture One with Raw, but it’s close. Really, Capture One also works as a first edit stage for me too. So, that’s what I always do, my typical workflow, regardless of intent or image type (except, in yesterday’s case, I was experimenting with the structure slider and over cooked several of the files – won’t be doing that again).

      Then, in Silver Efex Pro, I used the TIFFS from the jPEGS, so started out in B&W. I had first adjusted them as I wanted in Lightroom, brushing in some exposure in places, darkening in other places and adding vignettes. So, by this time, they’ve been adjusted twice. First in Capture One to give a basic starting point that’s fairly well exposed across the board, but not too contrasty. Then fine tuned in Lightroom. Again, maybe over the top and unnecessary but who knows.

      This has been my basic approach for a while now to B&W – try in the Fuji, and if I don’t like it or want a different took altogether, take the B&W file, via the above workflow, to Silver Efex Pro.

      Then, in the case above, I just used the Antique Plate 1 template. With this, I didn’t do much. I increased the exposure a little, and also the mid-tone exposure slider a little too in all cases, to suit. In some (don’t remember which) I also increased the highlight exposure slider too (I used the preview / tone thingy bottom right to find the tonal range of the faces and then adjusted accordingly). I did this in all cases yesterday, not a lot, just to suit. In a few (again, don’t remember which) I also ever so slightly increased overall exposure once back in Lightroom. In Silver Efex Pro, I didn’t even scroll down to look at the other settings for Antique Plate 1, but I suspect it’s adding vignette, and if so, bear in mind that the final images have then had two doses, once in Lightroom and once in Silver Efex Pro. In hindsight, it probably would have been better to only add a vignette in Lightroom at the end as a last step, once I’d seen what the Silver Efex Pro versions looked like back in Lightroom – as the Silver Efex Pro generated files sometimes look different once back in Lightroom.

      That’s about it. Hope it helps.


  2. Hi, Dean,
    Thank you for the comprehensive reply – I wasn’t expecting to get your whole workflow for the images! Very useful in so many ways especially the camera settings. I already go for TIFF’s early in the process & pre-edit in Lightroom (debating if I need LR5!). Just done some quick experimenting & very happy with early results. Thanks again for your kindness… Tony


    • Hiya!

      > I wasn’t expecting to get your whole workflow for the images!

      Me too, and I was just going to write something like ‘standard Antique Plate 1 template and bump up mid and highlight exposure a bit.’ But then I thought about it and realised there are more variables, and once I started it just grew and grew.

      Now I’m thinking I might also turn it into a post. And a little comment on Lightroom 5.



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