The vintage look never gets old. The most popular editing technique makes photos look like they were captured with film. Recreating that look takes five steps and I’d love to share them with examples from each step.
All of the photos in this tutorial were taken by me, the makeup and hair is done by my girlfriend cjao_beauty, and the model is our friend. We had full control of the process starting from the look, poses, background and editing. The photos were taken with a Sony A7s (35mm 1.4 lens) and edited on the iPhone X using Instagram and Darkroom apps.
The vintage look is achieved by dramatically increasing contrast, reducing vibrance, adding a vignette, mixing in colors for shadows and highlights, and finally adding fade. Since every photo is different, providing exact values won’t be useful. Instead I’ll focus on the technique.
Before we dive in, here is the original vs the edited shot.