Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What I Do With My Pinhole Polaroids





Normally after I take a Polaroid photo, I write on the back: film type and expiration, date, time, weather conditions, and camera used.  Then I scan it, and store them safely together in order.  I will do several scans of the same photo, the first done as close to the original photo, flaws and all, with subsequent scans adjusting to compensate for, or enhance the flaws.

In rare cases, I make adjustments in Photoshop, as I've done here, using the very first photo taken by my Arunas cam, my new Polaroid-backed pinhole camera introduced in the last post.  Making a Levels Adjustment for each color channel on separate layers, rather than on one adjustment, created the 'pop' version, shown here in my second photo.  Adding a Hue and Saturation adjustment, I desaturated and toned the whole scene to create a more vintage style, which you see in the third photo.  I would imagine even if you don't have Photoshop, Google's free Gimp program, or any other image editing program has these two basic Adjustment features.  Try them out yourself!

10 comments:

futurowoman said...

gorgeous! you amaze me, as always!

sMacThoughts said...

Aww, thanks Nancy!!

ella@lifeologia said...

Great shots. I love your new camera ;)

sMacThoughts said...

I do, too!! :D

Lori said...

Beautiful! Want to hear a sick story? I just Photoshop (the master collection - the whole enchilada) and I'm so overwhelmed that I'm scared to open it and delve in. Sad, right?

Lori said...

Oops, meant to say I just GOT photoshop. Returned from out of town last night and I'm still walking around in a fog. :/

sMacThoughts said...

That is a little like me, Lori, you are not alone: I still have never opened some of my Suite Programs! You know, the best way I learned Photoshop was to get some digital arts magazines (unfortunately for me, many seem to be from the UK, and therefore expensive) and do the little tutorials in them. It really set my mind in a certain way to help in 'getting' some things. There are lots of tutorials as well online. And you are reminding me not to let money go wasted, either. I am going to start doing some simple tutorials in EACH of these programs from ones I can find online!

FONT LOVER said...

awesome man!

sMacThoughts said...

Thanks, fontlover, and to all who have thought I'd abandoned the blog... no, my monitor broke and I had to research the replacement options. New one FINALLY arrived today.

Dean Grey said...

sMacThoughts!

What do you do with your pinhole polaroids?

Sell them, silly!

Or have another giveaway on your blog!

*hint hint*

-Dean