How would you define the look and colour scheme of these stills (1, 2, 3, 4) from the 2002 movie Hollywood Ending, with respect to highlights, shadows, mid tones, white balance, contrast, saturation, etc.?

Is there a way to apply this look, and if there is how can it be done?

I do know that a lot of this golden glow gets enhanced by the colour scheme of production and costume design of this film.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Did you try to reproduce this look? What exactly did you try and what did you achieve? \$\endgroup\$
    – Dragos
    Jan 20, 2016 at 17:58

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The pics are very well thought and was taken with carefully setting the background/foreground colour schema, lighting, etc. highlights, shadows, midtones, and contrast is very hard to define just by looking at the pics (for me atleast)

But when I have to reproduce the effect I do the following

1) take the picture in well light natural light area. if I need more light I go for tungsten filament lamps and gold reflectors and in RAW

2) post processing

  • increase contrast by 1 unit
  • reduce shadows by 1 unit
  • and increase the temperature to the kind of yellow wash you need

for the glow there are standard filters available but they blur the image a bit so I personally don't use it.

Hope this helps .


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