View Full Version : How to replicate these techniques using digital?

05-18-2007, 04:57 AM
Dear all,

I read in a magazine about someone called "Bruno Moyen" and a method he developed for his photos. He takes his photos with film BTW
This is what he does:

1 - Take your pictures on positive tungsten balanced film (transparency). then process in C-41 chemicals to create a colour negative.

2 - Scan the negative to your required size, using a transparency setting on the scanner. This will give you a negative image on your monitor.

How do i replicate this using a digital photo taken on my D80 and photoshop CS2.

Thanks in advance

D Thompson
05-18-2007, 10:11 AM
Not sure of the effect you're trying to get, but would image/adjustments/invert work?

05-18-2007, 10:16 AM
Hmm, I googled "Bruno Moyen" and took a quick look at his gallery (http://www.brunomoyen.com/). i don't see any images that look like they are 'negatives.' So I guess we are still wondering what the end product looks like?

05-19-2007, 09:33 AM
To get the really wild effects of cross processing, your best bet would be to get extreme with the curves settings. To get the negative effect, adjust the curve so that instead of running in the normal way from bottom left to top right, it runs top left to bottom right.

To get the extreme contrast and colour balance effects, you'll have to play around with the curve to get the effect you're looking for, possibly adjusting the curves for each colour channel seperately - I don't know if CS2 can do this, but The GIMP can.

05-25-2007, 05:47 AM
Looks like this is it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_processing)?
Over contrast can be controlled with "curves" function (like Alex said). You can also try to mix image layers or color channels in different ways... Or hue change.
In Bruno Moyen's photos I see also a kind of grain effect (http://www.brunomoyen.com/polaroids/pages/polaroids06.html), smooth/glow effect (http://www.brunomoyen.com/flowers/pages/flowers08.html). If you see closer, you can probably find many more effects ;)
I think most important is not how you call the technique, but what you really want to reach. ;)