Steam train photography: tips for taking amazing railroad pictures

Steam train photography: tips for taking amazing railroad pictures

Add a retro look to your steam train photography

There are just two main ingredients for this effect: the sepia tone and the vignette effect, which darkens the edges of the picture.

You can do this readily enough in Photoshop or Elements, but we’ve used two of the lesser-known tools in the version of Adobe Camera Raw that comes with Photoshop.

The sepia effect uses the Split Toning panel, while the vignette is created in the Effects panel. And if you like the look of the results, you can save the settings as a new Adobe Camera Raw preset to use again in the future!

Add a retro look to your steam train photography: split toning

Split toning
Split toning is normally used on black-and-white pictures, but it’s really good at tinting colour photographs too. Set both the Highlights and Shadows Hue values to 36, and then set the Saturation to 25.

 

Add a retro look to your steam train photography: post-crop vignette

Post-crop vignetting
This option is in the Effects panel, and here we’ve set the Amount value to -45 to darken the edges of the picture. Reduce the Roundness value to get a more rectangular shape, and increase the Feather value to blend it in gently.

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