We have been looking at business practices for a while now, and I have had some questions about the Photoshop Processing on a few of my recent images. I thought it may be a good idea to show a Photoshop Tutorial on how I create the Antique/Old Camera look.
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Here is a list of recent articles:
10 Things You Can Do Right Now for Your Photography Business
10 Pricing Strategies and Challenges for Photographers
Creating a Studio Still Life Shot for Advertising
Deconstructing a Location Portrait
Mixing Strobe and Ambient Light for a Natural Effect
The shot we are starting with is a digital color capture of a model in Mexico at the April Workshop. A total natural light shot, I liked the large cactus thing. The model struck a pose that I thought had a whimsical look to it and seemed fitting to the scene.
Later in editing, I knew that the image, while OK, was not what I was seeing in my head. I decided to work it out as an antique camera look, with a rough old camera “film edge”.
First thing I do is make a new duplicate layer from the original file layer.
I now add the Grain to the image… not the same thing as Noise, but I do it softly so it looks like film grain, not digital noise.
Filter / Texture / Grain / Intensity = 25 / Contrast = 0 / Grain Type: Enlarged
I then create a new layer above the Desaturated Layer and do a radial fill, from white to black, from the center out. Setting this layer to Blend Mode / Overlay creates a vignette. You can now calibrate how much you want the vignette to be with the opacity slider.
I clone this layer to a layer above and change the Blend Mode to Soft Light. Again, you can now tweak the amount of vignette you want to achieve with the opacity sliders. Both layers of vignette can be adjusted separately for different effects.
Creating a border for the image is done on a new layer. I use guides to add the distance and then make a selection inside the guides. Invert the selection and fill it with black. (Select / Invert / Fill with black)
At this point you can add a little color back into the image by changing the opacity on the Desaturation layer. You will also have to lower the opacity on the layers above as needed.
See you next time.