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Jeffagogo reader Tom, recently sent me this technique for creating a Lomo style photo using Photofiltre.

About Lomo Photography.

The Lomo Photographic effect is based on the original Russian made 35mm LOMO LC-A compact camera. This camera was considered a cheap consumer level camera for the masses at the time and the final photographic results were far from perfect. Photos often turned out being overexposed, colour shifted and blurry. Despite this, Lomo photography has captured the imagination of photographic freaks from all over the world and has a cult following. Original LOMO LC-A cameras are highly sought after and command a premium price, when they come up for sale.

Fortunately, the Lomo style is easy to reproduce with Photofiltre. Lomo typically has high contrast, strong colours, and a noticeable vignette.

 lomo-camera

Photo Credit: slayer23 (Flickr)

 

Plugins needed.

For this you’ll need to download and install two plugins for Photofiltre:

  • Histogram
  • RGB Fantasy
  1. Download the Plugins from the Photofiltre site here
  2. Extract the files to Photofiltre Plugins directory: 

C:\Program Files\PhotoFiltre\Plugins

Remember to close and restart Photofiltre to make the plugins active.


The Technique.

Step 1.

Open your picture in Photofiltre.

Goto the Histogram Plugin: Filter>>Plugin>>Histogram

Apply the Equalization and click OK

Photofiltre histogram

lomo-histogram

After Histogram Equalization.

 

Step 2.

Adjust Gamma, Contrast and Color:

Gamma +6, Contrast +6,  Color +1 clicks

These settings are a guide only, use different settings for different pictures.

Remember rule 10of Lomo photography “there are no rules“.. so feel free to go crazy with these settings.

contrast color gamma

the effect after altering gamma, contrast and color controls

 Result after gamma, contrast and color adjustment.

 

Step 3.

Open the RGB Fantasy plugin

Filter>>Plugin>>RGB Fantasy

Settings: RGB+ 30/0/-20

RGB-fantasy plugin

rgb-fantasy-adjustment

Result after RGB fantasy plugin adjustment.

 

Step 4.

Add noise +25 ….and then soften

add-noise

and then…

soften

Noise and soften

Result after adding noise and softening.

 

Step 5.

Adding the vignette.

The easiest way to add a vignette is to use the Photomasque. To do that you’ll either need to find a vignette mask or create your own.

Here are two I’ve created which you can use:

Right mouse click and save these to your Photofiltre masks collection.

vignette1

vignette2

 

Apply the mask by going to Filter>>Photomasque

photomasque-vignette

vignette added to lomo style photo using photofiltre

The end result of a Lomo style photo created using Photofiltre.

 

Lomo photography links:

 

 

In part 2 of this series, I’ll show how to add some spice to your otherwise ordinary photos using Photofiltre. This time, I’ll make it a lot simpler without the need for any plugins and using only the contrast, saturation and color channel controls.

Before and after results of adjustments using Photofiltre

Original Photo Credit: Michele Eve  (Flickr)


 

Getting Started.

Commence by opening up your photo in Photofiltre.

Step 1.

Next, from the top menu goto Adjust>> Brightness/Contrast and turn the Contrast up to 100% and click OK.

contrast controlTurn contrast up to 100%

 

Step 2.

Goto Adjust>>Hue/Saturation and reduce Saturation to -55%

saturation control reduce down to -55%

Step 2 reduce saturation to -55%

Step 3.

Adjust>>Brightness/Contrast

Set Contrast to 100%

contrast-control set to 100%

step3 contrast adjustment again

 

Step 4.

Adjust>>Hue/Saturation

Reduce Saturation to -30%

saturation reduce -30%

step 4 saturation reduction

Finished.

Depending on your original photo, you may alter these settings to suit your own taste.

 

Using color channels.

Color channels can be used to increase or decrease the contrast or saturation of an individual colour thus giving emphasis on one colour. Alternatively, it may be used to reduce the amount of one colour such less red,reen or blue etc.

color channel

color channel adjustment

Altering the color channels for the above process at any stage can give some interesting results and is well worth playing around with.

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