Lomography is a style of photography that uses vintage and toy cameras to create unique images. With vintage and toy cameras, they produce images that have “wrong colors” (bright and unnatural), out of focus, vignetting effects, and light leaks. Some photographers will go as far as using Russian made cameras with plastic lenses. With these types of old film cameras, you never know what you might get until the film is developed.
When Lomography first started to get popular, vintage and toy cameras a like were a dime a dozen. But now, the price of these cameras have gone up. You can find toy cameras on amazon from $50 to $100+. As for as vintage cameras, you can find them on ebay at reasonable prices. But you don’t what you have until you get it. So I would recommend checking estate sales, garage sales, flea markets, and pawn shops. At least this way you can check for defects, damage and if the internals and lenses are in good shape.
If you want to get a camera now, here are a couple of popular models. Also, you don’t need any special film. Standard film and out of date of film works great. Film that has lomography on it might be a marketing trick. From what I have read, there isn’t any true lomography film. Its usually out of date film that has been rebranded.
How to Create a Lomography Effect in Photoshop
For me and others, lomography is an expensive hobby. But I do love the lomography look and do not mind, the Photoshop effect. Some of my favorite images are images that been modified in Photoshop. So instead of purchasing a vintage camera or getting mine old vintage camera fixed, I decided to figure out how to create the lomography effect in Photoshop. Right now, I figure out some of the effects but not all.
A few months back, I created a tutorial on how to create a lomography effect in Photoshop. If you want to learn how to create this effect in Photoshop. Check it out.
Photoshop Lomography Effect Examples
Below is are some images that I have created using Adobe Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS4 (but can be done with Adobe Photoshop CS5) . These are just a few of the images I have done, and as I create more, I will share them here. To see the complete list Photoshop lomography effect examples check out my article.