Understanding Vintage Photography Effects


It’s time to put more emphasis on vintage photography effects. In a previous post, we’ve given basic definitions of what vintage photography is. Now, let’s get to the more practical aspect of this classically beautiful type of photography and how you can achieve this image look with ease. 

Vintage Photography Effects: Vintage Photography 

We’ll always have to go back to what vintage photography is. As mentioned, we’ve written full-paged posts that discuss the nitty-gritty details of it. But for the purpose of this subtitle, we’ll brush up on it a tad. 

Understanding Vintage Photography Effects

Vintage, if you really trace back the root of the word, has to do with wine. Literally! But it has, since then, been used loosely to mean “retro” and old-style. Experts say that anything that’s been around for 20 years or more can be considered vintage, though many debate the exactness of said number. 

That said, relating this now to photography, Vintage Photography is achieving that classic, “old” look in images. Others have the misconception that ‘s only about black and white but this isn’t so. 

Part of that is true. This type of photography sometimes utilizes these 2 shades for that effect. But it’s also about letting the picture look aged, albeit in a very appealing and elegant way. 

Vintage Photography Effects: Techniques In Taking Vintage Images 

Understanding Vintage Photography Effects

1. Color Fading 

Faded colors bring that vintage vibe that you won’t get whenever you use bright hues. You can try photo editing software to do that. In fact, others already have vintage presets you can conveniently choose. 

On the other hand, if you’re not satisfied with those presets, then you can manipulate the colors on your own. First,  change the gradient level. Second, you can go by simply lessening the saturation or hue of the image. Additionally, you can convert the photo to black and white, and adjust that as well. 

2. Lightroom Presetting 

Lightroom presets are that extra icing on the top that really knocks it out of the park, in the best way possible. There is a set of vintage lightroom presets that, as mentioned above, already have default settings for vintage tones.

If the default settings are a match with your own color preferences, then go for it. If not, then don’t. We WILL say that even professionals tend to lean towards these presets when they edit. 

3. Soft Focus And Low Light 

What’s an amusing fact is that older analog cameras contained these features by default. Lenses today have very high resolutions. High-def and are clear as crystal. The opposite of these is the charm of vintage photography. 

So try to recreate that. Use a soft focus on the object/s in the frame and utilize low light. You can give the 35mm or the 50mm a shot. 

4. Shadows 

Another method of bringing that vintage aura into a photograph. You can achieve this kind of silhouetting manually. Or you can also do this by adjusting the contrast of your black and white picture. Though many say that the organic, manual way usually provides better results. 

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