Cross-processed look on digital? Still from "Happy Together" (2 replies and 3 comments)
Roger, I know this isn't your film and I apologize, but I've asked for feedback on how this look was achieved elsewhere and come up short. I was hoping you might be able to help me out on how to achieve something similar these days without doing such a thing photochemically. I believe this film was cross-processed, but I don't know the stock or process obviously.
I love the richness of the colors, the saturation and the blueness of the sky. I assume you've seen this film, and the look is quite similar throughout many of the exteriors. I'm trying to get a somewhat similar look in a film I'm shooting soon in San Diego and am hoping to go for that lo-fi/lomography look with very vibrant skies, a warm/summer vibes/sunbleached vibe, but I can't afford to shoot film and process film, so I was hoping for some insight on how to go about this digitally.
The main thing that tends to happen with crossprocessing reversal film into negative is that the contrast goes way up, there is a green shift, and a lot of grain appears. Of course it’s more complicated than that and to some degree the effect is not consistent. But you could color-correct digital to get something similar if you can also add grain. Here is a quick test I did from a photo I took:
Another quick test — I just added contrast, shifted everything to the green, and added grain:
Wow, that's definitely about right! Thank you so much! Just out of curiosity, which setting in Photoshop did you use for your adjustments of the colors because I know there are a few options for doing that.
I use Lightroom — I just slid contrast to max, shifted the tint to green, added grain, then added more grain in Snapseed — but Photoshop allows a much heavier grain level than Lightroom. The thing though is that I saw “Happy Together” in a theater and felt that some shots were negative film heavily push-processed but I didn’t think they took reversal stock out on location with them and had it cross-processed.
Ah yes, I much prefer lightroom actually when it comes to colors! I appreciate the help with this! The advice I got from other places didn't come close!