Take a bunch of hydrangeas, a hand painted ceramic bowl, a string of pearls, a cedar table, some floaty organza and a couple of torches. Add to this mix your favourite camera equipment and your editing skills. Get busy and arrange the items in a pleasant fashion. And now experiment!
In the first photograph, a standard 50mm lens – the plastic fantastic, diffused torchlight, and a long exposure of a couple of seconds was used. The diffused torchlight was used to “paint” the light onto the hydrangeas. The brightness, contrast, levels were then adjusted in Photoshop to get this final results.
There’s a real trend toward adding textured layers to photographs these days. Adding textures really changes the feel of the photo. It somehow ages the photo, giving it a real retro/grungy/moody look. I recommend you shoot your own textures or if you really prefer, you can obtain free textures by simply searching Google for “free textures”. I’ve used 3 different texture layers (my own) to the original image, and have blended them using varying opacities and blending modes. I find I use overlay, soft light, hard light and multiply the most.
This image is identical to the image above - it has been layered with textures to change it's appearance to a more moody and vintage look.
This final image was shot using a very different technique – in fact it’s a blend of two techniques that I enjoy – the dreamy Lensbaby and the Through the Viewfinder techniques are absolute favourites of mine. Different brands of Twin Reflex cameras will also yield varying results. So, in these final two images, I used the Lensbaby Muse with the +4 macro filter; I inserted that into the “tube of darkness” which directly points to the viewfinder on the top of the Twin Reflex Camera. Using the Muse lens, really softened the overall look of the image and the square format plus some cross-processing, gives it an aged appearance. Follow this link if you’d like to know more about the Through the Viewfinder technique.