I’m not a very good photographer. In fact, I don’t even have a camera, since I feel that it’s too much of a hassle for me to take around. I started using lomo effects on my photos, mainly for fun, but I saw that there were many other interesting things that I can do to my photos. I saw cubism on Gizmodo’s weekly photo challenge, and I thought I’d give it a try.
I wanted to pick an easy subject to start with, so I wanted something simple, but I needed an object that has enough details for me to look at it from various perspectives. That’s why I chose a tree as my subject, although on retrospect, it might’ve been better to chose a smaller object that I can control the background of. It wasn’t too hard to figure out a composition for this photo, but it was hard to make the backgrounds work, and it also made the photograph a bit too messy. I think if I try this again, I would use something like a lamp instead and take pictures against a white or more consistent background.
Did another batch. This time the theme is on random objects I took pictures of in the past. It seems only a few types of lomo-effects look good on close-up shots of objects. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time experimenting with different settings, but from the ones I tried, it seems neutral and movie are the two best looking ones.
I made a set of samples using every color scheme avaliable in elsamuko’s Lomo script (http://registry.gimp.org/node/7870). Here are a few samples.
Original, Neutral, Movie, Retro B/W
Still using the same GIMP script to generate these photos. I’m trying to go with themes to make things a little more interesting, but I’m still only using existing photos that I have, and not intentionally take photos specifically for making them into lomo-pictures. I still think this is something neat that anyone can do to their photos to give it a unique look. I’ll post a link to the GIMP script if anyone’s interested.
Rest of the photos:
Recently I’ve been organizing a bunch of photos I’ve taken over the years, and thought it would be kinda boring to just post them, and it’s kinda lame to post old photos anyways, so I decided to not do it. But there are a few that looks good, and I thought of putting some cool effects and see how it turns out. Well, a friend of mine told me about lomography and lom cameras. I thought about buying one since it makes me feel “artsy”, but a digital one is bank, and a regular one uses film, which I would rather not use. I tend to shake when I take pictures, and I don’t want to take a bunch of blurry pictures and waste film. It just so happens that there are plenty of tutorials on creating lomo-effects with Photoshop or GIMP. GIMP’s always been my graphic editor of choice, since I’m trying to cut down on the number of pirated software I use. It’s not as powerful as Photoshop and I can see that the tutorials on Photoshop will result in a more “realistic” lomo photo. But whatever. I can live with this.
Rest of the photos: