Back To The Future  by John Hooton


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Taken in 2008, I have given this picture some ’60s treatment using CS3 and Silver Efex Pro which simulates the characteristics of black and white film, and makes this sort of effect a breeze. My favourite film Kodak Tri-X, had a speed of 400 ASA (400 ISO in digital terms) but I used to rate it at 200 ASA (over exposing by 1 stop) to ensure clean highlights and help make a high contrast print in the darkroom.

Prints for glossy magazine reproduction were best printed a little ‘hard’ meaning contrasty, as they lost it slightly in reproduction. This style of printing gave a classic edge to ’60s black and white photography and it can still be seen today in books of that period.. This is as close to how I would have printed from a negative of this picture, usually on Kodak grade 3 paper, grain and all!

“Technical Details:”

Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/250 sec at f/16
Flash: Bowens
Flash Mode: White Umbrella
Post Processing: Photoshop CS3 & Nik Software Silver Efex Pro

© 2008 John Hooton Photography


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Retired Professional Photographer, web designer, software developer, still dabbling in photography and all things technical!

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  • Tara Johnson
    Tara Johnsonover 5 years ago

    Wooooooowwww!!!! This is just beautiful!!!!!! Excellent job!!! : )

  • Thank you Tara, I must stop living in the past LOL!

    – John Hooton

  • linifer
    liniferover 5 years ago

    fantastic work!!! ;)

  • Thank you Linifer. I am quite pleased with this effect. Let’s hope I feel the same in a week! :-)

    – John Hooton

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxover 5 years ago

    I really like this grainy look. Her cheek bones are to die for. Great to read your artists notes as well John… Beautiful!

  • Thanks LJ. When enlarged on my screen to about 12 × 12 it looks very authentic.

    – John Hooton

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    This is absolutely awesome John! Fantastic work :)

  • Thanks Shelly. I have only just discovered this easy to use software that plugs in to Photoshop. I am very impressed how it can imitate different types of B/W film.

    – John Hooton

  • elfevans
    elfevansover 5 years ago

    Back to the future takes me back to my “Dark Room” days, thanks for the memories John!!!

  • Ahh… those fixer fumes and stained fingers!

    – John Hooton

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteover 5 years ago

    Perfect Pro picture

  • Thank you Gilberte, it will do. ;-)

    – John Hooton

  • cammiecakes
    cammiecakesover 5 years ago

    AMAZING I really like the hair and makeup as well

  • Thank you kindly Cammiecakes and good luck in your future. :-))

    – John Hooton

  • cammiecakes
    cammiecakesover 5 years ago

    Thank you so much John and you as well.

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

    Your work is Stunning! Did you know that we have a group called Hairstyles this image fits perfectly.

  • I didn’t know but I do now! Thanks for your comment and letting me know.

    – John Hooton

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

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