Lomo Camera Effect on DSLR

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Trying to achieve the lomo camera effect on a DSLR camera always requires you to keep a few very important things in mind. Learn about the lomo camera effect and DSLR cameras with help from a director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today I'm going to show you how to achieve a lomo photography effect in your own photos. Let's take a look. Alright so we are going to do a lomo photography effect. Here we have our four jokers in front of the Nebraska state sign. Now the first thing to do when trying to achieve a lomo photography effect, you're going to want to select your lasso tool so we can create our own vignette. Go ahead and set your feather up here to let's set this one for 150. Once you have that go ahead and just draw however you want this vignette. I'm going to make a real drastic vignette. So here we go. We've got our vignette and now here you can see this is selected. We're going to go up here to the curves and click that. Now as you can see in your layer mask here, it's actually, the mask is being taken in the white. So now what we're going to want to do is go up here into the properties of our mask and we're going to invert it. Now you notice it's black on the inside and white on the outside, that means the effect is actually going to be taking place on the outside. So now we go into our curves here and we can drop it down and look at that vignette, coming in it looks so nice. Now after this we're going to go ahead and make another curve selection right on top of that and we're just going to make a simple S curve. So bring up the highlights, bring down the shadows. Let's maybe even go ahead and bring the mid tones down a bit as well. Now from here, the key to this effect, you're going to add a new layer. Right here now however you want to achieve this, we're going to fill this layer with black. I'm going to go up to here to edit fill and it's already set here to black and boom there's goes everything. Now we're going to change our blending options up here to hue. So now it's more of a black and white photo and when we bring the opacity down you can see that color comes back into the photo. Now, from here this is basically it. As you can see when I hide the layers the difference between then and now, now what we're going to do is actually go up to our layers and we're going to flatten the image. So now this is what the image is and we're going to go and add a sharpen filter to it. We're going to go to filter sharpen and then unsharpen mask and I actually have these settings already in. As you can see playing around with this you're going to get many many different things. What I like to do for the lomo effect is take my radius to 50 as well as my amount and it gives a much more drastic look. So that is it, that is the lomo photography effect and that is quite a bit different than what we originally started off with as you can tell. And that's how you achieve a lomo photography effect in your own photos. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.

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