Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Photoshop 101 – Old Camera Effect Tutorial

Vintage photography has become quit the little obsession of mine. I love the timeless feel and the mood it can bring out. You can apply it with an action, photoshop technique or actually taking a vintage photo the real way (toy cameras, 35mm film) whatever your choice may be.

I was browsing the internet and came across this flickr group called Noise and Dust through the Viewfinder. Its a series of textures that allow you modify your photo as if it was from a real vintage camera and actually had the dust on the lens. Very Cool.

I decided to take a stab at it and try it out. Here is a step-by-step technique to get the vintage feel you want instead of purchasing that toy or old camera.

1. Choose your photo of choice.

2. Crop your photo to be a complete square. Since the cameras back then only captured on square film.

3. To start off the vintage look, edit your photo to taste. Either being b&w, sepia, vibrant colors or actually vintage. I wanted vintage so I applied the Seventies action from Pioneer Women's Action Set.
Once applied I took the opacity down to 80%.

4. Go to this flickr site to download the dust effect of choice. I decided to go with this one, which you can download here.

5. Open this file in photoshop and by using layers drag it on top of your edited photo and size it to fit. The easiest way is using the Free Transform tool.

6. Once you have it fit to size on top of you photo. Go to layers and choose multiply. I also chose to change the opacity to 70% to tone down the effect just a hair.

Voila!! You now have a vintage photo with dust lens. Have fun!!

This is Abby! <3 Vintage Style.

This is cool, Photographer Tara Whitney decorated her living room wall with this affect. Just beautiful.


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  2. Hey, thanks for the tip Danielle! I posted my own and mentioned you! Thanks again!


    Slaughter Photography

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