Acros(g) for portraits

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DogShot Contributing Member • Posts: 606
Acros(g) for portraits
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My workplace asked for a headshot to update their website, so I decided to try a casual BW shot with little drama. I kept the lighting even with low contrast by facing almost straight at a large window, and took this shot with the X-T20 and 50-140mm f2.8. These are all jpegs SOOC.

This was shot with auto WB, and shows every version of Acros as well as Monochrome, with highlights set to -1, shadows at -1, noise reduction at -3, and sharpening at -1 in all conversions. To me it looks like Acros(g) is the clear winner when it comes to skin tones. If I had a re-do, I would stand a little more sideways to the window to slightly increase the fall off of light on the left side of the face. I erred a little too much on the side of low contrast, as I was not looking for that really stern, grizzled BW effect.

Acros (no filter)

Acros(yellow)

Acros(red)

Acros(green)

Monochrome

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herc182 Regular Member • Posts: 355
Re: Acros(g) for portraits

Great photos. Must admit I see very little difference between the images (but am on my phone). Green filter is supposed to be more favourable for portraits?

OP DogShot Contributing Member • Posts: 606
Re: Acros(g) for portraits

I really like the way all the film simulations can be manipulated, so I suspect that any of the Acros simulations can ultimately be used for portraits, depending on the effect you are looking for. One thing this comparo shows is that that for gentle gradations in skin tones, the yellow and red filters are not suitable. The vanilla Acros does a nice job, but the green shows more tonality. I was also impressed by the monochrome version for smooth tonality.

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Doug Pardee Veteran Member • Posts: 9,427
Re: Acros(g) for portraits
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herc182 wrote:

Green filter is supposed to be more favourable for portraits?

Generally speaking, a green filter will give slightly darker skin with enhancement of imperfections (wrinkles, blemishes, etc.). It's often preferred for portraits of men to give them a more rugged look. But it's not usually a flattering look for women unless they have creamy-smooth and very pale skin.

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(unknown member) Senior Member • Posts: 2,268
Filters
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This is where a history in black & white film photography helps.  It was very common to use color filters when shooting black & white film: yellow, orange or red outdoors to darken a blue sky, enhance clouds.  Green was often used when taking images of people, it darkened reddish tones, enhancing red lips, but also skin imperfections.

Using color filter simulation with digital cameras gives a similar effect, though it's mainly a processing effect.  The Leica M with monochrom sensor is also often shot using (those old) color filters.

You've shown a nice comparison which proves the worth of green filter simulation when shooting portraits.  Try yellow, orange or red outdoors with blue sky and nice white clouds. You'll get a very dramatic effect, increased even more by adding a (real) polarizing filter.

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OP DogShot Contributing Member • Posts: 606
Re: Filters

One of the things that drew me (back) to Fuji cameras is the beautiful colours that come straight out of the camera; it's funny that since getting the X-T20 I have really fallen for the incredibly rich tones that I am getting from the black and white simulations.

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I understand your satisfaction.

What drew me to Fujifilm initially was the aperture dial of many lenses.  I'm an analog sort of guy at heart and I was thrilled to again enjoy selecting aperture with a proper dial.

I'm now completing the switch from Canon FF by selling my last remaining bodies, lenses and accessories.  The 5D models and lenses were nice, but to large and heavy.

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Vic Chapman Veteran Member • Posts: 9,791
Re: Acros(g) for portraits

I used mostly Green contrast filters on film and this personal adjustment of yours to the Acros green filter looks perfect for your brief. Good detail and skin tone without harshness.

I never bothered with film sims before Acros but now I often use Acros as my starting point for BW development.

Nice work.

Vic

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stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 19,787
Re: Acros(g) for portraits

DogShot wrote:

I really like the way all the film simulations can be manipulated, so I suspect that any of the Acros simulations can ultimately be used for portraits, depending on the effect you are looking for. One thing this comparo shows is that that for gentle gradations in skin tones, the yellow and red filters are not suitable. The vanilla Acros does a nice job, but the green shows more tonality. I was also impressed by the monochrome version for smooth tonality.

That is what I would expect - red tends to increase contrast.

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jep10 Regular Member • Posts: 181
Re: Acros(g) for portraits
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This is a good article on Acros by Damien Lovegrove. He goes into details on the different filters and uses as well as his settings and workflow.

https://www.prophotonut.com/2016/02/21/acros-film-simulation-with-the-fuji-x-pro2/

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borderplatz Regular Member • Posts: 273
Re: Acros(g) for portraits

green filter, looks best knoks down some of the contrasts, good idea, for company id s etc

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