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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“.

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.