Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tips and Tricks: Sepia

The following is a tip that Jon Sienkiewicz, a photographer and avid professional writer and photographer, contributed to the 100 in 100 feature on the Adorama website. We've peppered Jon's points with a few fine examples from some of our team members.

Abandoned - JMcGuinness

Lone Tree - jenniferdennispotter

To give photos an old-fashioned appearance, use the Sepia Mode. All of the colors will be replaced with varying shades of sepia (sort of a dark brownish-yellow) that’s commonly found in some antique photos. Choose your subject carefully. Old barns, antique furniture and city skylines look great in sepia, for example, but people, food and pets generally do not. Vary the exposure to alter the outcome. Slight underexposure will exaggerate the effect. Some cameras--Sony models, for instance--favor brown tones, while Casio and others are a bit more orange.

City Serenity - AriaImages

solitude - rainwolf

Be careful when you edit your images. Some editing software attempts to counterbalance the sepia coloration, especially if you are using any type of Auto Fix setting. Those Auto Fix results will be a boring black-and-white monochrome. The same holds true when you have your digital images printed. Whenever possible, inform your printer that you used a special effect so they won’t try to “correct” the colors by removing the sepia.

The Golden Days - SusannahTucker

Untitled - houseofsixcats


HandiCrafts said...

Wow! What a great surprise to visit the blog and see my barn! Thanks for the lovely link! :)

gigi said...

You are welcome Jen! Your shot is a perfect fit with what they are speaking of in the tip! :)

Melody said...

What a fabulous article and thank you so much for including my City Serenity print. :) A really awesome collection of sepia pictures. I am a bit of a sepia-holic myself. :)

f2images said...

Stunning images! It is so true what you said about communicating with your printer to make sure they don't "undo" the look you're going for. Especially if you're on a calibrated monitor and understand the color management of your workflow as well as your lab's. I work at a pro lab, and like other pro labs, you can usually save money by doing the color adjustments yourself, which is another bonus. Great article.

Emiko ;)