Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting the lo-fi Holga look, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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The Holga attachment that we looked at earlier, the Lensbaby lens that we looked at earlier,…certain filters that you might put on a lens, all of these allow you to create a grungy…beat-up low-fi toy camera look.…This is a look that most people are familiar with through applications such as Instagram and Hipstamatic.…Those applications simply take a normal picture and postprocess them using image editing…tricks to create their toy camera looks.…And there's no reason you can't do the same thing here in Photoshop.…And I'm just going to show you a few little things here that allow you to create a more…beat-up toy camera effect.…
The first thing you might do is what I'm going to do right here, and that is to crop your image to a square.…Most of the low-fi looks are built around the square format, because then you look like you're…working with an old box camera or any one of the old square film formats.…So I'm just going to take that out to a square and then I'm going to open my image in Photoshop.…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.