Creating a Lomography Photograph in Photoshop

Lomography photography gets its name from LOMO PLC, which was a company in St. Petersburg, Russia (which produced standard point-and-shoot cameras). While it may seem counterintuitive, lomography focuses on the accidents of photography: blurry shots, over-saturation and non-uniform exposure. Even fisheye photographs are a signature of lomography. This type of photography has now gained a kind of cult status, and photographers want to know how to make these shots without a lomography camera. Well, Photoshop helps you with this process.

Step 1: Create a Vignette

Open up your photo in Photoshop, and then select the Lasso tool. Go into the options for the tool, and set the feature option to 90 pixels. Then, using the Lasso tool, draw a circle around the center of your photograph.

Next, go into Select and then Inverse. This will invert the image. Then, add a new layer by going into the Layers palette and selecting the New Adjustment Layer. Select Levels from the pop-up menu that appeared. Drag the left arrow around to near the middle of the histogram. This will create your vignette.

Step 2: Adjust the Color

Next, you need to flatten the image. To do this, go to Layer and then Merge Layers. Create another New Adjustment Layer and select Curves this time. Add two points to the curve in the dialog box. This should make the line slightly curve in the middle, creating a slim S shape.

Step 3: Add a Black Layer

Now, create a new standard layer and place it on top of the Curves adjustment layer. Make this layer completely black.

Finally, select the black layer and then go into the Layers palette. Change the layer’s opacity to 40 percent. When that’s done, you’ll have a Lomo-like photograph.