If you’re a budding portrait photographer, you don’t really need to drain your budget on a whole slew of backdrops for your shoots. It’s better to choose a highly adaptable color that can change dramatically depending on your lighting, like gray.
I like to make my photos look like they were shot on old film, distorting the colors, crushing the blacks, and even adding grain. Professional photographers probably roll their eyes, but there’s a nostalgic appeal to the film aesthetic. Here are a few ways to easily give your photos that faded film look.
Magic Lantern is free software that runs on Canon DSLRs to give them enhanced features with more control for shooting video. It’s like custom firmware, but it runs directly from a memory card without altering the camera’s software. This video from Jake Coppinger shows how to get started using the powerful tool.
Akira Kurosawa’s 1990 film Dreams (Yume) is a collection of short segments, each depicting an individual dream. The first time I watched it, I fell asleep.
Four or five years ago in film school (from which I eventually dropped out), I had an assignment to make a movie using an old 16mm wind-up Bolex camera. I didn't feel like making a normal narrative; instead, I lugged that clunky camera and a tripod around San Francisco and shot some timelapse footage.