Cameras these days are of the highest standard and loaded with pixels, which means they are able to capture the tiniest of details in a shot. Modern cameras have incredible resolutions and are able to take the sharpest of images, which is the antithesis of vintage photography. Cameras from back in the day did not have the amazing detail and rendering that exists today, so much of vintage photography featured a certain degree of blur. When shooting, if you focus on something other than the subject, then you should be able to get that desired blur effect. This look can also be achieved in post-production, as blur can be applied or sharpness can be reduced in any area you wish. Adding this look to your images adds a sense of imperfection, which is a cornerstone of vintage photography.
Vintage photography is coined after the golden age of photography, and is synonymous with faded colours and worn out looks. This is largely because in that non-digital era, people would store all of their print photos in albums or books which would eventually degrade their quality and colour over time. These types of faded and tinted photos may have been undesirable back then, but they are now seeing a renaissance with many modern photographers and artists opting for this style. Reducing the saturation and contrast of your image is a brilliant way to get this faded appearance, and then to round it off, add some hues of red to get the tinted effect.
Black & White
Although black and white photography is technically different from vintage, it's safe to say that changing any photograph to monochrome adds a feeling of nostalgia. If you have taken a photograph in a really modern setting and you add the black and white effect, the chances are, you will give that image a timeless feel. Although this consists of only a single hue, there are a multitude of different looks to go for in black and white that include contrasts, polarising and noise. Monochrome photography can easily be done during the shoot or in post-production, and is usually done for artistic purposes.
To really achieve the true essence of vintage photography, then it's great to consider using vintage items and accessories in your shoot. Old telephones, typewriters, compasses, grandfather clocks and vintage street signs are just some of the examples you can use to add that extra sense of nostalgia into your photographs. Similarly, shooting in locations that still have a semblance of history or look derelict can really give you that desired antiquated ambience that you are going for. Old railway stations, abandoned warehouses, and some
GK London This article is written by Lucien Joyce for GK London, a profesisonal photography studio in London.