Lomo-ish - What the Heck is That? Confusing Photo Editing Terms

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Lomo-ish - What the Heck is That? Confusing Photo Editing Terms

I love to play with different photo editing tricks when I have a spare moment or three, and today I was using Picasa (my favorite) - I have the latest PhotoShop but it takes a lot more than a moment or three to just open it up and it’s so fussy about how I do stuff. So if I’m just playing to kill time then it’s Picasa or iPiccy or PicMonkey.

I’ve tried all the various editing choices and never thought about why they were called what they are called. Today, I wanted to check out Lomo-ish; and this is what I found out.

Lomo is a type of camera - Russian-made Lomo LC-A to be precise. Built in the early 90's, it was cheap and not a good camera-the pictures came out with dark edges. For some strange reason a Lomo cult developed-and continues today. You can choose a Lomo-ish effect in most photo editing programs. Where did I learn all this knowledge? From a PhotoShop tutorial by Darren Rowse and several Google results.

Here’s a picture of a tray of coleus in our local landscape company; first one is the original.


coleus


This is Lomo-ish. Note the dark edges and harsher reds.
You can make the edges deeper or shallower and fade the edge color.

coleus


Inverted colors makes for some interesting pictures especially since you can play with the hues and fading. I kind of wish the coleus actually came in these colors.

coleus


This last one is heat map. Looks like an exploding planet.

coleus

There's also Orton-ish, Holga-ish, and HDR-ish. I'll get to those soon.

Okay, I went a little further than Lomo-ish but it's so much fun to play with a photo editing program. Now I have to teach them to my assistant, Shayna.

Darren Rowse's website is Digital Photography School and it covers just about everything.


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Rainmaker
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Fred Hernden
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Toni - Thank you for the lesson this morning! That is awesome. The last one reminds me of thermal imaging...lol. once an inspector, always an inspector. have a great day!

May 31, 2012 06:02 AM
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Anita Clark
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Toni: My oldest daughter has been playing around with a bunch of different programs too.  I am glad that she is taking on that role for my team.

May 31, 2012 06:11 AM
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Will Nesbitt
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Toni - thanks for sharing about the Lomo effect. Regards, Nesbitt Realty

May 31, 2012 06:31 AM
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Will Hamm
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Hey Toni,  I need to figure this out sometime when I have time.  Thanks for pointing it out to all of us.

May 31, 2012 06:33 AM
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William True
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Toni, thanks for sharing the info. There seems to be a growing trend in "retro looks" in photography. Wishing you a great day in Florida!

May 31, 2012 06:43 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
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Toni,  You truly amaze me.  It's clear you have a passion for photography and enjoy experiencing with editing programs and enhancing your photos.  I'm behind the 8-ball in finding a spare moment or two to do the same. 

May 31, 2012 07:46 AM
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Sonia Riahi
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Lomography has been gaining a lot of popularity lately! I think the resurge started with the reintroduction of the DianaF+ and Holga cameras in the mass market...Those are the original ways to get the "creative" photos - where the editing of the actual image happens while you take it. All the online programs these days (like Instagram) are secondary tools!

May 31, 2012 08:25 AM
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate

Hi Toni, I've used the lomo-ish effect for Halloween.   I enjoy iPiccy and you can download as many photos as you want.

May 31, 2012 08:55 AM
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Toni Weidman
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
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Dianne - thanks for the app tip.

Myrl - I keep trying Photoshop but I don't have the patience with it that's needed at times. I think vignette is basically the same thing but more of a border. Lomo affects the whole picture.

John- I prefer Picasa to the Monkey but we all get comfortable with different things.

Al & Peggy - I learn so much from others in the Rain and from research for posts. It's so much fun!

Jeanne & Ralph - It does look kind of explosive!

Fred - it's called heat map so maybe it is thermal imaging digital style.

Anita - it sounds great to have a daughter who likes to do those things. I only have Shayna :)

Will N - anytime!

Will H - pick out a picture and just play. You'll be amazed what you can do.

William T - there is a trend towards sepia, black & white, you're right.

Kathleen - Thanks,  it will happen!

Sonia - thanks for the additional info. I didn't know that.

Rebecca - I use iPiccy quite a bit for editing too. I'll have to remember Lomo for Halloween. Sounds like a great idea, thanks.

 

 

May 31, 2012 12:00 PM
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Jennifer Chiongbian
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Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses

There are so many cool things that one can do with photos nowadays that you could spend a ton of time just learning about all of the effects.  Thanks for sharing.

May 31, 2012 01:02 PM
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Bud & Beth McKinney
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Lomo-ish is such an interesting effect. Of course, it does look much better when you use a plastic camera (as those are the types of cameras typically used in lomography, like Sonia mentioned with Holga and Diana F+) and have regular old 35mm film developed from it. Certainly puts an interesting and very retro spin on shots. I have played around with a Diana and am actually very excited to save enough to get a Holga- they are fun toys to carry around.

May 31, 2012 02:15 PM
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Toni Weidman
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Jennifer - that is the truth.

Bud & Beth - why bother spending all that money when you can do it with photo editing?

May 31, 2012 02:54 PM
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Toni, I have seen those effects, I really haven't taken the time to play with it.

May 31, 2012 04:18 PM
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Howdy and afternoon Toni

Toni my friend, it sure is fun to play around with the different features of photo program editors. As always you sure have done a mighty fine job of explaining the Lomo-ish effect feature.

I as think the last photo looks like a exploding planet.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

May 31, 2012 04:42 PM
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Rob Thomas
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Toni ...no matter what you use it will turn out great!  Have a great night in FL!

May 31, 2012 05:19 PM
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William Johnson
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Hi Toni, I am always pleased when one of out Photoblogger group members shares things to help others learn. Great job on this post Toni. Thank you so much!
May 31, 2012 08:08 PM
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Heather Milbourn
South Beaches Real Estate Professional

Hi Toni What a wonderful hobby and you have such extensive knowledge the great thing about photography is i guess you always have the pics to remind you of what you have done, 

June 01, 2012 05:09 AM
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Toni Weidman
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Tony - give them a whirl. You can always back go back to the original pic.

Dale - thanks. It does look like that the more I look at it.

Aww, thanks, Rob.

William - glad to share!

Heather - that's true! I usually save the changed ones and the original so I can do something else with it.

June 01, 2012 05:50 AM
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Bud & Beth McKinney
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Toni, I don't believe that it should be something everyone goes out to buy...but rather a fun toy to have if you have the income to spare for it. It isn't a necessity, and it's certainly more popular for the younger generation. Any plastic "toy" camera sells for around $40, plus the cost of film and development, so it isn't too terribly bad. But I do agree with you - photo editing is much more convenient, and free!

June 03, 2012 11:53 AM
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B&B - so glad you came back. Yes, you're right, the camera is inexpensive. I guess I hate carrying extra stuff around if I can do it at home on my computer :).

And thank you for the additional info in your previous comment.

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