Poster Effect on British Revolution

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Last week I posted a quick reference to various In-Camera Color Special Effects available in most point and shoots. We’ll now take a closer look at what the poster effect does to images and it’s origin.

Posterization has been a cool darkroom process for decades and decades. I would take a slide which is a positive image and print it as if it were a negative. By doing so, colors became flat and brilliant. Light tones turned dark and vice versa. It’s wicked cool. Funkadelic posters have the same look. Get technical here.

Digital software replicates the basic look of posterization and my Canon SX30 IS has it built-in.

I took a few photos of British Revolution during one of their performances at the UK pavilion in Epcot. Unfortunately, the stage is in a gazebo with railings and columns all around which can make getting a clear shot extremely difficult even for a pro like me. Dear Disney, please take out the railings. They didn’t need them in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Poster Effect retains a skin tone and brightens colors in the image.

Dang railings.

If you look at his hands, there’s only slight definition in the lines of his palms and fingers. Highlights can blow out.

The softness and blend of colors gives the image a painting effect.

You know what to do. Have fun.

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