I have been applying the Serria Instagram filter to some of the B&W photographs I took and I really like the results. My question is how do I create this look in photoshop? What settings should i change in photoshop, filters, etc)
Thanks Sam, I was hoping I could find the exact color of the Sierra filter. I'm looking to have the exact filter/color to make big prints out of this image. Unfortunately I can't do that with the instagram photo. The one you posted is not exact and I was hoping somehow I could find a way to get the exact match.
How does this grab you? The image dimensions are now just under 5000 x 5000 pixels, whereas the version you posted was only around 610 px square. I brought out a bit more detail, as well as added a tiny bit of grain to give viewers' eyes something to focus onto. It should now be able to be printed up to around 24 inches square and still look reasonable.
I just re-read my post and realized that I forgot to say explicitly what I did, and why I did it.
Basically, rather than trying to find a general procedure to reproduce in PS all the color, tonal, vignetting and other changes that the Instagram filter makes to an image, I realized that for very soft images like this one, a much easier, and certainly equally viable alternative is to simply up-rez the small Instagram image to the size needed, and introduce some fine detail in the high rez version to fool the viewers' eyes into thinking there is more detail present than there really is.
This is done all the time for advertising posters originally shot on DSLRs instead of high megapixel medium and large format digital backs. You'll often see this approach used in woman's clothing stores - they turn what would normally be a very soft image (after enlargement / up-rezing) into a grainy pop culture "look" that becomes part of their branding.