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I ask for your advice in recreating those 70s-90s photographs like this picture I took from a printing whose author is Elizaveta Porodina (2023).

What is the technique used to create such a picture, do I need a Nikon F6 or other film camera? do I need a full frame camera? I only have a Nikon D3400 and would like to recreate those types of pictures.

brightly saturated photo of a woman in a green shirt with blue skies behind her

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    \$\begingroup\$ What particular characteristics of this photo do you want to reproduce? \$\endgroup\$ Mar 26 at 17:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ I am not sure, I don't know much about photography but at least the colors looks awesome. \$\endgroup\$
    – Cacti-Math
    Mar 26 at 17:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ So bright, saturated colors. You can do this in post processing for any camera. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 26 at 17:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ At a guess, if this is a photo that originated on film, I'd say it was taken on reversal film - such deep saturated colours and very high contrast. If you can get an old 35mm film camera, buy some Fujifilm Velvia film and see if you like the results. (It's a difficult film to use effectively - personally, I don't like it.) \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Apr 29 at 10:10

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You can easily do this with your current camera and, for example, Lightroom or other software such as Darktable.


You should take a look at the following points (I'm referring to Lightroom, it should work the same way in other programs) and edit them to your own taste:

  • Contrast: Increase the contrast until you like it
  • In addition, you can increase the value for "White" to overexpose bright areas of the image
  • You can increase the value for "Black" slightly to achieve a washed-out black.
  • If you want to make the adjustments using the Tone Curve, raise the lower part of the graph to wash out the dark areas and drag the upper part of the graph up-left to overexpose more bright areas

It should somehow look like this:

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  • You can also increase the saturation a little or play with the dynamic slider until you like it.
  • In HSL you can adjust the saturation, brightness and hue for individual colors.

The style in the photo seems mainly to come from the washed out blacks and high contrast/saturation.

Alternatively, Lightroom also comes with many presets that you can try out. It is difficult to suggest exact settings based on the photo. But you don't need any special hardware for this.

However, I would recommend taking the photos as RAW so that you have more leeway in post-production.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, I always shoot in raw. Indeed, I have darktable I will experiment with it. There are so many options, looks like I had to study a career to fully understand it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Cacti-Math
    Mar 27 at 20:41
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd also guess that individual film stock also would have a specific color cast. Also I know I have seen plugins for various photo editors that emulate specific film stocks. (But I like that you explain the how to rather than going straight to a plugin) \$\endgroup\$
    – Peter M
    yesterday

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