Wordy Wednesday #446 “Toy Camera Effect”

“Mechanically the Holga is simplicity itself. The nature of the Holga places emphasis on seeing, thinking, and interacting with the environment at hand.”— Joe Ostraff


These days many cameras, especially mirrorless, have a built-in Toy Camera effect. Another ways to add this effect is in the digital darkroom by using a Photoshop-compatible Plug-in or Photoshop Action such as Dave Ward’s “Old Toy Camera” Photoshop Action. It gives photos a look similar to shots that were made with a Diana, Holga, or antique camera. The .ATN file also includes two additional Actions that imitate the borders and edges often produced by vintage and toy camera images.

The original photograph (above) was originally captured in color using a Canon EOS 50D with EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens. Exposure was 1/80 sec at f/7.1 at ISO 250. The day I made it in San Diego, It was a cool morning and was still overcast from a light rain that stopped just moments before I made the  photograph. The “Old Toy Camera” Action adds some of the general elements that make photos captured with toy and antique cameras so beautiful.



My now out-of-print book Creative Digital Monochrome Effects is still available and (I think anyway) is a fun read. It’s available from Amazon for less than six bucks or as a used book for the bargain price of $2.50.

Author: Joe Farace

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