If you have lived in the era of rock, at least for the last 10 years, then perhaps you are familiar with such a style of photography as Lomography or LOMO. Photos in the “LOMO” style are usually saturated with unique colors, have high contrast, soft focus and dark vignette. This genre “Lomography” came at the beginning of the nineties, when the founders were inspired by pictures of toys by simple Russian cameras, like Lomo LC-A.
The good news is that you don’t need to have one of these cameras in order to create your own LOMO photos. For 3 simple steps in the program Photoshop, you can create very interesting work in the style of “LOMO”.
For a start, you will need a good photo. In fact, the photo does not have to be good, but for the photo to be the one you like. I found a photo that, in my opinion, is perfect for our lesson.
STEP 1. Create a Vignette
To create a vignette effect, we will create an adjustment layer. Gradient fill (gradient fill). Next, change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (soft light).
Next, on the created adjustment layer, apply the layer styles Gradient overlay (gradient overlay), set the values that are shown in the screenshot below.
You should have a beautiful vignette with a bright center of the image.
STEP 2. Add a little Cross Processing
Cross processing of a photo means that the color film developed in various chemical reagents is different from the same specific film. For example, a 35 mm color film, manifested in chemical reagents, is designed for filmstrips. The result is unusual color shades.
In this lesson, we are going to use the cross processing technique in Photoshop to create very bright and interesting Lomography colors.
Let’s create a new adjustment layer. Curves (curves). There are no rules regarding curve settings. The whole point is that we will carry out the correction of RGB channels separately. In the screenshots below, you can see my settings, but you can choose something different from my settings, especially if you use a different photo than in the lesson.
STEP 3. Blur the edges.
Next, we will blur the image in the photo except for our focal point. To do this, duplicate the original layer with a photo, then go Filter – Blur- Blur at shallow depth of field (Filter – Blur – Lenses Blur). Do not worry about specific filter settings, just create a blur. We will hide the blur in a specific area using a layer mask.
Next, add a layer mask to the blur layer. And with the help of a big soft black brush, paint over the layer mask of the layer in the center of the image so that the focused layer located below appears.
That’s all … With this simple technique, you can create interesting and funny “LOMO” effects. Try to apply it to your photos, and also experiment to see what you can create.
Author: Nathan Brown