Lately I’ve been taking so many pictures while walking around, that I have been playing around more with Lightroom 4 to see what the program is capable of. I have found how to make photos look like old style photographs, paintings, pastels, impressionistic, etc. I thought I would share some examples. Because there are so many fun ones, I had to split this into two entries. So enjoy!
First up: a standard black and white detail of a tree.
An old style of a lamp and tree.
Ye Olde Bethesda Fountain.
Entering the Mall – with a white vignette to created a faded/aging effect.
A softening effect creates the illusion of rain (it didn’t start raining for a few minutes after this picture).
This could pass for a book cover with it’s sharp contrast.
With even sharper contrast, this looks like an etching.
I added in the impressionistic effect by raising the roughness of the picture.
The same was done here, with an added black vignette to burn the edges.
An extreme vignette on this piece focuses on the turtle, but also makes it look like an old piece of film.
Going in the opposite direction, smoothing it out makes it look like a painting.
A large fad today is instagram. I don’t have a very good camera phone, so I stay away from that. Besides, I can create my own:
Faded colors, grainy texture. It almost looks like a black and white print that has been watercolored.
Putting color only in the few places I want it.
More fading of colors.
Changing the light effect and color saturation gets you this.
Another where we put most of the color focus on the subject and let the background fade out.
In this one, we create the etching effect, leave only the color of the blossoms, and then smooth it out to create a painting feeling.
This looks a lot like a pastel image with a lot of the detail smoothed out.
Another pastel example, where we leave the detail in the foreground, but the background has a lot less.
Next week: We will continue/finish up with this topic with more examples focused on painting and color manipulation.