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.
We all love the Lomo look, with its distinctive distortions and charmingly off-kilter colours. Sure, you can shoot with a cheap plastic lens or try one of the arty effects in your camera, but Photoshop is also a great way to get the Lomo effect without having to pay for the film processing. The key to getting this Photoshop effect is to introduce many of the ‘faults’ associated with cheap lenses, plus quirky extras like film grain and deliberately wrong colours. Here’s how to do it…
By adding a delicate tint of colour to the midtones of a black-and-white shot, you can easily change its mood. A cold wash of blue makes the image look more atmospheric, while a warm sepia tint recreates a retro romantic look. The trick to creating cyanotype or sepia-toned shots is to add a subtle tint while keeping the blacks black and the whites white. Here’s how to create these brilliant Photoshop effects using Elements.
Retro is all the rage these days, and particularly the retro photo effect. Just because you shoot with a digital camera, though, doesn’t mean you can’t still get this lovely vintage film effect in your images.
In the quick Photoshop tutorial below we show you how you can get the retro photo effect in 4 easy steps.
Holga produce low-spec analogue cameras that go against the grain of the digital age. Founded in 1981, they are still going strong in spite of the ever technologically evolving camera industry. We talk to Holga about their place in the world of photography today.
Olympus has launched a new range of SDHC cards to complement the new Olympus OM-D.
The cards, which have been designed for use by those who miss the “authenticity” of using film, will be available in either black and white or colour variations. Anybody purchasing the black and white variation will be limited to shooting in monochrome.
Advice. It’s a funny thing. If we applied all of photography’s apparent rules and dos and don’ts to our work, there would be little, if any, room for creativity and surely that’s the point. So you’ll find no textbook photography tips here; instead we asked 50 top pro and famous photographers to share the secrets they’ve gleaned from years of shooting day in day out.
Expect to be inspired and challenged by the advice of famous photographers like David Bailey (see above) and Mary Ellen Mark, as well as up-and-coming names and photographers who make it their business to take amazing pictures for their clients each day.
26 digital camera tricks and techniques to help you get more creative with your DSLR. From abstracts to zoom bursts, there’s sure to be an in-camera effect you’ll want to try.
Photoshop is great for enhancing and adding effects to your images, but nothing beats capturing it all in-camera in the first place. With that in mind, here’s our A-Z of 26 fantastic effects and tricks you can try with your digital camera.
Digital Camera World has interviewed some of the best and most famous photographers in its time. Martin Parr, Rankin, David Doubilet, Jill Furmanovsky, Bryan Adams (yes, that Bryan Adams)… it’s an impressive roster of talented lensmen and lenswomen.
Here, we gather together some insightful words of advice from more than 50 of our interviews. Pro photographers from a wide range of disciplines offer their top tips for better photographs. Be inspired to shoot better portraits, landscapes, travel and wildlife shots, and more…
Olympus has unveiled its long-speculated OM-styled Micro Four Thirds camera, presenting the OM-D (officially the Olympus OM-D E-M5) to the world.
Its design based on Olympus’s classic OM series, the 16.1-megapixel OM-D – not to be confused with OMD – is housed in a dust- and splash-proof magnesium alloy body and boasts what Olympus claims are several world firsts.