Rue Poulbot ©2009 Dianne PoinskiI recently posted this new image on my website and thought it might be fun to show some of the steps I took to get to the final version.
This image, "Rue Poulbot", was taken in the Montmartre district of Paris. A beautiful and historical area, home at one time to many influential and important artists.
This is my original color photograph. Before I click the shutter, I usually have a general idea of the "feeling" I want to convey with the finished piece.
Of course the first step to creating a hand-colored print is to convert the image to black and white. Although there are many ways to do this, I convert by using the black and white adjustment layer in Photoshop CS4.
In addition to adjusting exposure and contrast, I also applied a soft filter to the original photograph. I have begun doing this to most of my images. I love the look and it goes well with the hand-coloring.
Something new I did for "Rue Poulbot" was the addition of some "texture". It's hard to see in these small thumbnails and I applied it very lightly, but it's an effect I want to experiment with more. The rough edge shown below is something else I have been adding to many of my new images.
I am showing the tone here, but I actually create that with my printer. I have the Epson 3800 printer which has an advance black and white setting, making it easy to create prints with variations of tone.
After I make the print, the final step is taking it to my studio and hand-coloring.
I enjoy the fact that my process only begins when I click the shutter. The decisions I make with every step leading up to the actual hand-coloring are critical ones. It is only when all the elements come together that I am able to create the image I set out to make in the first place.
If anyone has any questions about any of the techniques I used here, feel free to leave a comment or send an email.