Ditch the computer: 6 easy ways you can get the retro photography look in-camera

6 ways to get the retro photography look in-camera

Retro photography is all the rage at the moment. From the out-of-focus, heavily vignetted results from ‘lo-fi’ cameras such as the Holga and Lomo, to the distinctive colours and tones of much-loved vintage film, there are almost as many retro looks as there are other styles of digital photography put together. So it’s not surprising that getting to grips with retro photography can be a bit confusing.

Looking at much that passes for retro or lo-fi photography, it might seem like it’s simply a matter of snapping away and applying some Photoshop magic. Yet, as with any photographic style, you’ll get the best results if you shoot carefully and try to expose the image correctly in-camera.

Here we offer our best advice for how to get the retro photography look in-camera by applying the right camera settings and techniques to allow you to spend minimal time in Photoshop.

Old Lenses: how to use, choose and adapt old film lenses for your new DSLR

Old Lenses: how to use, choose and adapt old film lenses for your new DSLR

A great way to breathe new life (often at little cost) into your photography is to adapt old lenses to use with your digital camera. There are two main options when it comes to choosing old lenses for your digital camera – using an old manual focus lens, or modern, low-tech glass from Lensbaby, Diana or other specialists. Both solutions mean you will sacrifice some of the automatic features on your digital camera, but that’s part of the appeal.

Create a 1970s-style retro photo print

How to create a 1970s-style retro photo print

The Osmonds, woodchip wallpaper… plenty of things from the 70s are best forgotten, but the faded look of round-cornered prints have lasting retro charm. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for this type of print if you’ve got an old photo album lying around.

The 70s retro look can put the finishing touch to any shot, but combine it with a source image taken using one of the techniques in the first part of this feature, and you will end up with 
a really eye-catching result.

Olympus OM-D Review

Olympus OM-D revealed

Three years after making its first entrance into the compact system camera arena with the PEN E-P1, Olympus has gone back to its roots again to produce the OM-D, with its retro styling owed to its analogue predecessor.

Inside the camera are an all new 16 million pixel Live MOS Four Thirds sensor and TruePic VI image processor, which Olympus says is designed to give better low light performance and higher dynamic range than previous Micro Four Thirds cameras in its line-up.

Find out inside what score it got from our testing team.

Black and white photography: what every photographer needs to know

Black and White Photography: what every photographer should know

Converting an image to black and white is pretty simple, but if you want truly impressive results it pays to think about how and what you shoot, and learn how to use your photo editing software’s powerful tools to get the most from your shots. In this black and white photography tutorial, we’ll show you how to choose your subjects, set up your camera and how simple but effective adjustments in Photoshop can make your images stand out.

The world’s most unique cameras you never knew existed


So you think you have a good idea of most of the cameras that are on the market? The compact cameras are approximately the same shape as one another, as are the SLRs and the DSLRs and the retro and toy cameras look a little different again, but essentially you know a camera when you see one. Or do you? The cameras listed below might force you to change your mind about cameras and photography. Some of them are obscure, some of them are impractical, and some of them are genius.

It’s time to rethink what you thought you knew about cameras and reconsider what is in store for the future of photography.

Photography with true grit: interview with Lomography.com

A photo from the Lomo LC-A camera

Lomography – a community dedicated to analogue photography – has its beginnings in the early 1990s when two students in Vienna discovered the small Russian camera, the Lomo Kompakt Automat. They were so excited by the variety of images the camera produced that they were inspired to approach the Lomo factory to get the licence required to reproduce the cameras. Since then, Lomography has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a community of over half a million members across the world.

We spoke to Lomography about analogue photography’s place in a digital world.