Most people are afraid of aging or being old. But, I realized that sometimes being old is good. the older, the better. I’ve just done a photography trial; editing pictures to make them look old and antique. The project was initially inspired by a news I was reviewing; about someone who sold an old photo of a subject that looked perfectly similar to Nicolas Cage and later said that the photo might be a prove that Cage is a living undead, vampire, etc. The old photo attracted me so; it looked very old and historical, and it has teased me to try editing some of the photos I’ve taken to make them appear old.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m not familiar with Photoshop. I prefer using ACDSee Pro to edit the photos. The editing modes I used included onverting to B/W, sephia, old, and noise effect. Perhaps you realize that old photos seldom look black-and-white; mostly, they are in sephia color range. The other essential effect is noise, so adding noise effect is also a good option to make photos look older. This works better if the original files were taken using analog camera.
Here are some of the results. On the left side is the of each frame is the original photo, while on the right side is the edited result. Hope you enjoy them. 🙂
1. Make sure you have a copy of the original file. In case you don’t really like the edited version, or your computer suddenly won’t respond, you will still have the file save, so you can edit them further or in many other styles.
2. Try different orders. Converting to B/W, adding sephia or other effects can be done in free order for different results. You can try converting to B/W first, then add sephia effect, and finally give the old look by adding noise effect. On another photo (or the same photo, if you wish), try different order. Even the slightest different order will give pretty different result and sense. 😉