I have been a big fan of Lomography for a while now, owning a few of their cameras myself. For those of you who don’t know what Lomography is; it’s an increasingly popular trend in photography in which “Lomographers” shoot with analogue “toy” cameras (plastic cameras). Lomography users explore unique styles of photography by toying with many different films, cameras and modification techniques. Lomography photos are easily spotted as they tend to have striking contrasting colours and are more than often vignettes.
Here are some photos from Lomography.com’s website just to give you a better idea.
Although I mostly prefer the look of film, anyone who has owned a film camera knows how expensive and time consuming it can be. So for those who don’t have the time, money or patience for analogue photography, the following tutorial is probably the next best thing. I’ve often searched for Lomography tutorials, but found this one my favouri te. In the video tutorial an older version of Photoshop is used, I’ve written my own beginners tutorial using Photoshop CS6:
First of all open a photo you would like to edit. Try to chose a photo with bright colours.
Select the crop tool (selected in the pictured below)
Select a square shape with your crop tool, press enter to crop.
Create a duplicate layer of the background layer by either right clicking on the layer and selecting duplicate layer or dragging the layer to the icon left from the trash can icon.
Next from the task bar select Filter/Lens Correction.
In the Lens Correction menu you’ll find a “Remove Distortion” option on the right hand side under the custom tab. Slide the bar to the left, I decided to go with -16 but you can go as far as you desire.
This should create a fisheye like effect. Once you’ve achieved your desired effect select ok.
You will be brought back to the Photoshop home window. From the task bar select Select/Edit in Quick Mask Mode.
Next you’ll need to select the paintbrush tool.
You’ll need to select a quite large feathered brush. You can change the paintbrush settings in the top left corner of your window.
You’ll also need to change the flow to about 30.
Make sure the colour of the paintbrush is black. Next with the paintbrush tool, make a round selection in the centre of your photo, trying to avoid the edges.
After you’ve done this unselect the “Edit in Quick Mask Mode” option. Your selection should now look something like this:
Next from the task bar select Select/Modify/Feather…
Feather to about 15 pixels.
Now from the task bar select Filter/Blur/Lens Blur…
From this menu you’ll need to change the radius, I chose to change it to 16, but have a play around with it. The radius will determine how blurred the edges are. Change the Blade Curvature to about 69, the other settings should be already set at 0 excluding threshold which should be at 225, leave them this way.
Back in the home window select the whole image with the selection tool. Copy and paste ( command + C then command V). This should create a new layer.
From here you need to select Edit in Quick Mask Mode and paintbrush steps again doing exactly what you did before. Except now you can change the feather to about 20 pixels.
Now you need to add a curves a layer. You do this in the layers tab in the bottom right hand corner. You will need to click the arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the middle icon.
Pull the curves line down, this will make the photo darker.
Next change bring the RGB drop menu down and change it to Red.
Now bring the red curves down slightly, the amount you pull the curves down depends on the colour you want.
Next select the green option form the RGB menu and bring the curve slightly up, again depending on the colour you want.
Next select the blue curve option. Bring the top of the blue curve towards the centre and then do the same for the bottom. Once you have done this select the two arrows in the top right hand side to have the curves menu.
Use the selection tool to select the whole image and select Edit/Copy Merged. Then press command + V to paste. This will create a new layer.
Now you want you create another curves level and do the same steps you’ve just done, this time leaving out the first (RGB) curves change. Again playing with the curves to get a colour you like. Select the whole image with the selection tool select Edit/Copy Merged then press command + V to paste. Your layers panel should now look like this:
With this layer we want to edit in quick mask mode again with the same paintbrush setting we have been using. Again make a round selection in the center of the image. Then turn of quick mask mode and select feather again, feather to about 15-20. Now create another curves adjustment layer. Again we want to do exactly what we did in the first curves adjustment layer (including bringing down the RGB curve). Once you’ve done this again select the whole image with the selection tool, select Edit/Copy Merged then press command + V twice to paste two layers. Your window should then look something like this :
Layer 5 should be selected, at the top of the layers panel you will see a drop down menu like so:
From this menu select difference
Don’t worry about your image turning black, that’s mean to happen.
Select the lasso tool.
And change the feather to about 120 pixels.
Draw a circle around the center of the image with the lasso.
Now press delete on your keyboard. You can press delete as many times as you like to create your desired effect. This action creates a vignette effect.
Now you’re done editing! Select File/Save As
And save as a JPEG.
Now you’re done, hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial.