Strive to get retro-style images in-camera, but don’t be afraid of using photo-editing software to give your shots the wow factor 

There’s almost no limit to the effects and treatments you can apply to your shots post to give your images your own unique look. We’re using Photoshop Elements, so we’ve gone for Levels for adjusting the tones of individual colours, but the Curves feature in Photoshop CS offers even more options for fine-tuning the colour by applying different curves to the individual colour channels.

Other programs, such as Photoshop Lightroom and various plug-ins, have a range of old-school film looks, or presets, which you can apply in one click. these can even be applied to raw files, so that you can include them as part of your raw processing, rather than having to create

a JPeG and then manipulate it later. But while these options can make it easier, they don’t give you the versatility of adjusting the images yourself. Here’s how to apply five fun retro effects…

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Strive to get retro-style images in-camera, but don’t be afraid of using photo-editing software to give your shots the wow factor

shoot to give them the look of various old film stocks, or mimic lens and filter effects. Here, we’ll show you how to achieve five of the most popular and useful styles; you can also experiment with the settings that we’ve used, and try a different combination of effects

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