In these two video tutorials, you’ll get some street photography tips, and learn how to add a grunge look to your images. You can apply these techniques to any image that you want to look like an antique faded photograph, or make it a style of your own that you use on collections of your images.
Recently I’ve had the honor of writing some articles and doing video tutorials for Skylum’s website. So I thought I’d share a couple of them with you here as well.
#1 Street photography tips and creating a grunge look
This first video was a Skylum Coffee Break with Vanelli (Skylum’s Director of Education), where we had a chat about street photography and looked at a few images.
Here are a few of the things mentioned in this video as take-aways for you.
- Panning tips and how to use it to add interest to your street photos
- How to incorporate humor into your images
- Including people in your street photos to capture a sense of the place and daily life
- Getting permission to photograph people on the street and respect their wishes
- Using a wide lens and engaging with people
- Why patience is a key street photography skill
- Which Luminar 4 tool to use in order to add a grunge effect to your image
- How to save a style you like as a new Look for Luminar
- How to apply that same style to another image
- How to use Looks as a starting point and tweak it to taste on an individual basis
I will apologize in advance for some of the funky sound and screen sharing issues around the 14-15 minute mark. This one was recorded live so that’s one of the hazards of live video. But I hope you can ignore those glitches and still find value here.
#2 How to create an antique faded look using Luminar
This second video tutorial will show you how to use the Split Toning tool inside of Luminar 4 to give your images the look and feel of an antique faded photo.
Some things you’ll learn in this video include:
- How to make a warm black b/w image using the Split Toning tool
- How to make a sepia tone look with the same tool
- How to make a true split tone or duotone (two-tone)
- How to use split toning on a color image
- Using the Matt Look tool in the Creative panel for an added old-world effect
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Now it’s your turn. Show me your grunged-up street or travel images in the comment area below. I’d love to see what you create using these techniques.