In-camera effects may be seen as a bit of a marketing gimmick by some, but the ones offered by your EOS DSLR form a powerful and creative set of tools that has the potential to save you time and improve your photography.
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.
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.
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.
The latest issue of Digital Camera is on sale today! As you can see from the eye-catching cover, this issue is all about retro photography – how to get vintage-looking shots, how to use old film lenses on digital SLRs, essential Photoshop tips and more.
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.