Putting Jeff Revell’s Grunge Tutorial To Use

I’ve wanted to try my hand at the “grunge” look ever since I saw some of Dave Hill’s incredible work and read a review on Scott Kelby’s blog on the Lucis Art Photoshop plugin that can create a similar look. Then I found a grunge tutorial on Jeff Revell’s blog describing a simple technique in Photoshop to achieve similar results and was off to the races!

So I looked through Lightroom and found a couple of images I’d posted before and exported them into Photoshop Elements to see how Jeff’s technique worked in real life. I’m pleased with the contrasty look to these landscape images but I think this technique would work better for grungy urban settings.

Living near a major US city, I’m sure you can guess where I’ll be shooting this weekend!

Afternoon Storm Grunge

Afternoon Storm Brewing
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS Rebel XT, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM tripod mounted at 22mm, f/6.3 for 1/320th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop Elements. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Sugar Mill Grunge

The Old Sugar Mill
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS Rebel XT, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM tripod mounted at 17mm, f/16 for 1/15th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop Elements. Click on the image above for a larger version.

One thought on “Putting Jeff Revell’s Grunge Tutorial To Use

  1. Nice images, but yes, you might get some different results from an urban setting. Not sure if they will necessarily be better or not, though. I think you might be able to do some sweet work with some old country towns or something. I’m going to take a look at that tutorial. I don’t know if I’ve ever done “grunge” (though I like grunge frames on some of my photos) I have used an action called Dragonizer.

    Here are some examples:
    Weapons Check

    Patriot At Monmouth

    Metropolitan Hotel

    Sometimes the results are better than other times. I’m going to check out those tutorials!

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