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(3) Vintage Photo Looks: Lomo

April 23, 2010 - - 4:21 PM

An image shot with a Lomo is easily recognized, because it is photography with an attitude. As Vailancio Rodrigues eloquently put it in Smashing Magazine the characteristics are “oversaturated colors, extreme optical distortions, rainbow-colored subjects, off-kilter exposure, blurring and alternative film processing”.

1. Webbased tools

Pixenate has a “Lomo tool”, but I did not like the effect. The Lomo look may be a bit too complex for simple online photo editors. Swisswuff has an analysis of the lomo effect, if you are interested in the details.

2. Free software

Paint.net is a free software that features a Lomo plugin. You can find more information on how to install it and use it on this website. I am not overly excited about this option compared to the Photoshop actions and tutorials, but it does a decent job, if your image is light enough (higher than average exposure) and has a low contrast, before you apply the effect.

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3. Photoshop

a) Actions

There are so many Lomo actions that I made this collage to show you some of the good ones.

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From the top left to bottom right corner:

1. Action 3 by ZeroComrade
2. lomold action by turunchuQ
3. Retro Love by pseudonymfreak
4. Lomo Action Set by WingsOfAHero – Option “Lomo X Process”
5. Vintage Lomo Effect Action by NamfloW
6. Lomo by Addicted to Design – Option “Medium Vignette”
7. Lomo Effect by photoshop-stock – Option 6 with half the contrast
8. ABDPBT Lomo Action Set – Option “Rose-Colored Glasses” with half the contrast
9. bhp actions by Beau Hudspeth – Option “The Look of Lomo” with Unsharp mask reduced to 10%

Many thanks to Graphic Identity and Zedomax for these great resources.

b) Tutorials

For a standard approach how to achieve the Lomo look digitally try the tutorial by Darren Rowse.

Kwame Busia has a different way of doing “Fauxmography“, which creates warm colors and gorgeous light leaks.

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The Tutvid channel has a tutorial video on YouTube, which is really easy to follow and gives your images a washed-out look with a punch.

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If you need some inspiration then visit the “Lomo Faker s League“.

(2) Vintage Photo Looks: Holga

April 20, 2010 - - 7:22 AM

The Holga is a medium format camera with a few charming “flaws”: soft focus, light leaks and vignetting. You can create this low-tech appeal digitally with various methods.

1. Webbased tools

Upload an image on the HolgaNizer and the application turns it into a Holga image. For inspiration you can check out the HolgaNizer Flickr Group. Side effects of the PHP-based script include a very low resolution (300×300 pixel) and a mandatory film frame border around the image. If you want this action for Photoshop, it costs $20, but it allows for a much greater image size. I very much like the pretty light leak in the right bottom corner. There is a group on deviant art focusing especially on photos with light leaks.

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2. Photoshop

a) General actions

Alberto Campione offers a free Holga Photoshop action called “Holga Simulator” and Lawrence Ripsher has a tutorial on how to use it. On top of the action I included a viewfinder frame to make it even more realistic.

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There are also nice actions – not only in b&w but also in color and silver-toned – by Chris Fawkes. Additionaly I used this texture in the image.

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If you like a strong radial blur then you can use the action by tannermorrow.

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b) Special actions

Holga + Polaroid = Holgaroid! Rawimage has some wonderful actions for these special images – one for black&white and one for color.

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c) Tutorials

If you want a look in detail at one way to achieve the Holga characteristics in Photoshop, then take a look at the different steps by Lenscraft or the video tutorial by PhotoshopGirl. Feel free to experiment and keep in mind, that there are many ways to holga-fy an image.

I would very much like to see what you come up with, if you’d like to share.

(1) Vintage Photo Looks: Polaroid

April 16, 2010 - - 12:17 PM

You cannot help but love Polaroids: Before the widespread use of digital cameras, they were the closest thing to instant photographic gratification and their frame as well as their imperfect – but stylized – image quality have a unique appeal.

1. Webbased tools

Polaroin allows you to upload a photograph and turns it into a Polaroid. I am not too crazy about the strong color casts (in blue, red or green), but it does work rather well in some cases.

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The Hockneyizer takes one image and transforms it into a collage of Polaroids in the spirit of David Hockney. This is more for fun than artistic expression, but it leads to interesting results. Just use the “Click here to shuffle” link, until it generates an arrangement you like.

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2. Free software

You drag your jpg files on the software icon and Poladroid magically turns them into Polaroids. Martin Pot has a tutorial on how to use it. The picture quality and resolution is really good.

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3. Photoshop

If you like to use Photoshop, you can try your hands at a Polaroid transfer effect. I followed the tutorial except that I used this medium format film border (Rawimage also has some great ones) and one of these grunge textures in blending mode “overlay” instead of the Scratch Heavy brush.

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Happy processing! Next on our list will be the Holga…

Series: Vintage Photo Looks

April 15, 2010 - - 6:34 PM

When you have finished a crafting project, you have often put quite some time and thought into it. You might as well put a little bit more effort into making the photographs of your work look eye-catching. One way to achieve this is by going vintage.

There is, of course, the obvious solution of going out and buying an old or toy camera. However, I will not cover analog photography, because I have not shot film for quite some time.
In the coming weeks, I will instead show you how to get your digital images to look like old photos.

You can get an idea of the different looks out there by looking at the following galleries:

In the next post I will start explaining the most easily recognizable film look: the Polaroid.

Babette Blanket turned into Hexagon cover

April 12, 2010 - - 9:16 PM

Instead of the Babette Blanket, I have decided to crochet a Japanese throw with hexagon flowers.

The book is “Organic Cotton Knits: Easy on the Skin” by the publisher Ondori. The pattern is called Hexagon multi-cover (六角モチーフのマルチカバー).

This is my first piece for the project.

The photo was processed with the “Old Toy Camera” Photoshop action by Dave Ward.

(4) Japanese craft books: How to read a Japanese pattern – Knitting

April 10, 2010 - - 4:56 PM

As I have listed in my last post about crocheting from Japanese patterns, there are many useful resources on the web that can help you. The same is true for knitting Japanese style:

As for crochet, these things also apply for knitting:

If you know about any other useful websites, I would love to hear about it.

(3) Japanese craft books: How to read a Japanese pattern – Crochet

- 9:31 AM

When you are looking at a Japanese pattern for the first time, you are probably wondering what to do. Here is some information to get you started:

Start with something small or manageable like an amigurumi or a scarf. You will soon find, that finding your way through these visual instructions is much easier than you have imagined.

If you have decided to try a particular pattern and have trouble figuring it out, there are still more ways to get help:

  • There are language tools – add-ons – for your browser that translate text found on web sites for you.
    For example, there is the Google Bar for the Internet Explorer and Foxlingo for the Firefox, which I am currently using. The results are mostly helpful in some way, but sometimes the translations might sound like  plain non-sense ;-). You simply have to give it a try to see if it gives you any additional information for your particular project.
    If you want a little tutorial how to go about it, then We’re all Mad here has one for you.
  • If you cannot copy and paste text into the translation tool, because your pattern is from a physical book or an image that does not allow for text recognition, then there are many kind people you can ask.
    There is, of course, Ravelry (highly recommended), where you can become a member of the Japanese Knitting and Crochet Group. Just reading through their forum was extremely helpful for me.

Good luck with your Japanese crafting!