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(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…