It’s not really Rembrandt lighting but the colors looked so nice, I decided to give it a bit more of a painting look. Hope you like it. 🙂
This one went through some changes from the original, to get a bit of that ‘old painting’ look. It was mostly based on a tutorial on Youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqiZC9gDNjI
- First I did some cleanup on the skin (not that Maaike needs much);
- Fixed up the roll of paper in the background a little, plus cleaned up dirt on the floor (moving around strobes and ladies with high heels roaming around does that);
- Raised the lower end of luminance a little (added a curve with the leftmost point a bit higher, to raise black to dark gray).
- Added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to dial in a bit of yellow (turn ‘Colorize’ on and mix a bit only using the layer opacity).
- Added a Color Lookup adjustment layer, selected the 3D Lut named ‘Candlelight.CUBE’. This gives a lot of the painting atmosphere.
- Added a cracked overlay; for an example texture, see the youtube tutorial above.
- Added a small Rembrandt fake signature to finish things. 🙂
Here’s a processed image from a shoot I did in July last year, in the Blauwe Kamer in the Netherlands. Originally shot in soft sunlight, I’ve cropped it because of the darker right side of the image. In Photoshop, I added coloring, some rain, dust and some effects to the right, and extra light and colorizing to the left side. This gives the image a more enchanted look.
Not having her placed on the right (to give space where she is looking towards) was done on purpose. Normally I follow that rule, but in this case it seemed more appropriate to divide the picture in half like this. Darkness on the right, lightness on the left. The two sides of Maaike.