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Recently we asked friends of our Tumblr page what they’d most like to see covered in our next tutorial.
The votes are in. The absentee ballots have been counted. The results are clear:
You want to learn how to make your photos look vintage!
So, we got together to brainstorm and do research. We learned new things, we experimented, and now we’re sharing what we found!
1: Doctor Up the Shots You’ve Already Got.
We found some awesome places online to help you convert your digital snaps into old-style vintage masterpieces super fast and without expensive photo-editing software!
2: Reuse and Diffuse.
Old photos are known for looking fuzzy, oddly exposed, scratchy, vignetted, and sometimes even dirty.
Good news is: you can get this effect with your current camera, whether it’s digital, analog, HD, or even part of a Barbie Doll.
With a cell phone camera (or one you’re not worried about damaging) you can try putting Vaseline directly on the edges of your lens to give your photos an out of focus vignette just like old film cameras.
If you’ve got nice equipment, you should probably put your grease of choice on a clear lens filter that you aren’t worried about damaging.
A quick search for “Vaseline Filter” brings up some rad photos flickr users have already made. (Like the stunning photo set “Mighty Lubricant” by Flickr member James Blan.) Why not try your own experiments and upload them to our flickr group?
You might also want to try:
3: Out With the new, In With the Old!
Now we’ve got digital SLRs, cell phone cameras that shoot HD video, and we can share any picture instantly with the rest of the world.
Been there, vintage-ized that? Then it’s time to break out the original shooters: expired film and old cameras!
4: Find A Photobooth!
Love nostalgia as much as we do, but don’t have access to working vintage cameras or film? No problem!
Treat yourself to one of the last remaining endangered species of photography: The analog photobooth.
Nothing beats sitting behind the curtain, staring straight into a camera for it’s un-timed flashes, and waiting 5 minutes outside the booth to retrieve your photo strip while it develops.
Luckily, the folks at Photobooth.net have been hard at work making analog machines easier to find around the world!
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