Tigz Rice is a London based photographer specialising in fashion and boudoir with a vintage aesthetic. An Adobe Community Professional and Wacom Influencer, she originally trained in digital illustration before naturally progressing into the world of photography and retouching. Alongside a client list including Cosmopolitan Magazine, Burlesque On Ice and Paris Burlesque Festival, her work has dominated the European burlesque scene since 2009, which consequently means everything she owns is covered with a fine layer of glitter…
Known for its low-key lighting and shadow patterning – also known as chiaroscuro – film noir was a popular trend in cinematography during the 1940’s and 1950s. It's a genre associated with high-contrast black-and-white with shades pushed into the highlights and shadows – as well as strong or seductive performance styles, detectives, gangsters, double crosses and a good soaking of hard liquor. Classic film noir movies include Double Indemnity, Gilda, The Maltese Falcon.
In this tutorial, photographer Tigz Rice talks us through how she styled, photographed and retouched this 1940’s inspired film noir image with model Coco Dubois – whose presence draws on the genre's femme fatales like Barbara Stanwyck and Mary Astor.
First off you'll learn how to style the shoot – including film noir lighting, hair, makeup and clothing. Then you'll learn how to get the final look you want by combining Photoshop's Black-and-White and Curves adjustments, plus the Properties panel's Modify tool and Raw Filter. And the end result will look an authentic homage rather than a cheesy parody (though if that's what you want, overdo Step 8).