Vintage Photos

This is a discussion on Vintage Photos within the People Photography forums, part of the PHOTO GALLERIES category; Just recently I made the decision to pursue portrait photography as a career. My specialty will be the vintage, antique & retro portraits. I've found ...


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    Just recently I made the decision to pursue portrait photography as a career. My specialty will be the vintage, antique & retro portraits. I've found I have a real passion for that in particular. I've been having a great time practising and choosing props. I just love it... and, I believe, it will be real popular here in this area of NZ as there's nothing else like that anywhere in the Wellington area.. in fact, the nearest portrait studio is several kilometers away....

    so.. here are some of my first portraits, using my daughter as my model, of course... I'm really pleased with the results, but would be most happy for any suggestions out there.

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    These are all really well done. I think you have made a sound career decision. Good Luck in your Pursues!



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    The photos look good, although photography of children isn't really my cup of tea... still though, from what I can tell it looks like you're well on your way. Vintage photos seem to be all the rage right now, so I agree that it seems you've made a wise career move. I'd like to see some more examples if you get any cool photos of adults... although finding props for that might be a little more difficult. I'd think old furniture, TVs, radios, that kind of thing.
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    I really like 3 & 4. The expression in 3 is too cute! 4 is my favorite because nothing distracts from the pretty little girl & that "princess" feeling.
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    Love the idea - looks like you've got a great start there. Great props!

    One note (I hope you don't mind): I find the blur to be a little distracting. Maybe just not quite as stark of a contrast would be better. I'm not sure exactly how you did yours, but I like to add a similar effect to some of my photos (in PS) by using the oval marquee tool, feathering the edge (a lot!), and inverting the selection. Then I add surface blur and take down the exposure (or just use the burn tool on a very low opacity). Might work well on these images if you want to give it a try.


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    Oh, another idea (I can't help myself - I just LOVE this idea):

    Another method I've use to "age" a photo is to take an image with a lot of texture and add it on top of the finished image... lower the opacity until it looks believable, then use a mask to clear it off of the "important" part of the picture. (sorry if my description of the process is a little rough - I'm not always sure of the proper terms).

    I'm posting an example of a finished image with this look and also the "texture" image I used as an overlay.

    Good luck to you - and I can't wait to see more of your images!
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    Hi texaskiwi,

    Congrats on your career decision. I'd tell you how much work is ahead of you, but you probably don't want that news.

    I like your style, but as a photographic business person, I would warn you not to lock yourself into a specific portrait style. Fads come and go. Become an excellent traditional portrait photographer above all. Then you can follow and/or create your the trends.

    I wish you all the best in the coming years.

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    I like the idea of an overlay, but not real sure how to do that type of thing... what you described in your first post about photoshop is exactly what I did... I didn't feather a whole lot and I used the "gaussian blur".. I wasn't completely happy with the result but didn't mind the look... I can certainly play with it quite a bit more and try to tweak it for the best look.... thanks so much for the tips...

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    Studio614 please note it is not permitted to post your images in anothers thread without permission, please obtain or remove - thanks

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    I think you've done a really great job with these. If I have to make a suggestion, maybe not as many props. Seems a bit overdone. Good luck!
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