Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Learn How To Create A Vintage Photo With Adobe Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Create A Vintage Photo With Adobe Lightroom 5
   Do you like aged vintage style photos? I know I do. Black and White images can bring out hidden details in a photo that colors ones can mask over. In this video tutorial I show you how to turn a regular photo in Adobe Lightroom 5 into a black and white image and then add a touch of aging. This tutorial covers the post processing techniques needed to turn an ordinary photo into extraordinary.. 

About this tutorial:

Inspired by the song "In Color" by Jamey Johnson[1], I wanted to take many of the photos I have taken over the past few months that I just couldn't find a niche for and convert them to black and white[2]. Yet I wanted more then just a solid B&W image, I wanted these to look as if I had pulled a vintage photo[3] from my grandparents photo albums from the 1950's. When I got done, those photos fit in perfectly. In this tutorial I step you through processing a color image and converting it to mono in Lightroom 5[4], then adding a soft hint of tan to make the photo appear to have some yellowing. I think use the brush tool to add fading around the images or soften up some areas. This is excellent tutorial for anyone looking to get into any type of B&W Photography as it focuses heavily on getting the right amount of contrast, white point and clarity.

The photo used in this tutorial is part of my Pinoy Vintage collection which can be found on my DeviantART page[5]. This particular photo was taken out in Butuan Bay[6] during one of the very low, low tides. The bay water doesn't always get down this low, as the spot I took this from is usually about a meter deep (~3ft). So this gave me a great opportunity to take some photos of the shoreline. They however with all the different color roofs just looked to busy for me. Which is why I considered this photo for the Vintage Collection. This photo here was shot with my trusty Canon EOS 70D[7] and my ultra-wide-angle Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens[8]. Exposure settings were at f/9, 1/160sec, ISO250 at 22mm (35mm full-frame) focal length. This lens does not have any image stabilizer and honestly I think IS is overrated anyway, unless your doing video work. ISO250 is super clear on a 70D and 1/160sec was used to try to get sharp leaved from the tree line. It worked great.