Hi friends! While Kelli was staying at my house last month she taught me to take photos with one of my vintage cameras. I loved what she shared so much that I immediately grabbed my camera and photographed a quick impromptu how-to to share with you! Here is Kelli’s easy method for faking photos that look authentically vintage… Enjoy!
You will need two cameras to make this happen. A vintage camera with a waist level viewfinder (meaning, you have to hold the camera far from your eye- down by your waist- to see your subject clearly). In order to take a steady photo, I stacked a few books on top of a large moving box so I could place the vintage camera down so I could get a steady focus with my digital camera. I focused on Elsie through the viewfinder of the vintage camera. (see above) Depending on which lens you are using, you may need to manually focus in order to get the clearest image. These old cameras have a tendency to have dirty lenses, which I love… it adds to the character….so you’ll need to really focus on your subject, making sure your camera isn’t focusing on something else. At the same time- imperfections are perfect when it comes to this type of photography. There really aren’t any rules and soft images can be really beautiful too!You can take this a step further and crop out everything but the black border in photoshop (or whatever editing program you use) to get a a real TTV look out of your photo. Dust off your vintage cameras and play around with the possibilities they have! Experiment and have fun!
Thanks so much, Kelli! If you’re curious about where to find a camera like this try your local flea markets (where I got mine), etsy vintage or eBay (try searching “rediflex”). I love this easy method to create vintage style photos without film. xoxo. elsie