Some creative photographer out there came up with the idea of using a newer DSLR camera and pointing it through the viewfinder of an old camera to give the photo that 'vintage' look. Too much time on his hands? May be, but a cool idea, eh? The process is called TtV for "Through the Viewfinder". I think I first saw it over at A Rural Journal, but it's probably been around for a while and I just wasn't aware of it. At any rate, my wonderful sister over at Lap Dog Knits picked me up a couple cameras last week at an antique flea market. One's a Kodak Duaflex II, and the other is a Brownie Starflex (stay tuned... I'll post pics in the future of these cool-looking cameras). Both cameras have the large viewfinders on top of the camera needed for the TtV process. My next step is to make a "contraption" (not joking here... this is the term they use!) to block out light between the DSLR lens and the Kodak or Brownie viewfinder.
Tonight I stumbled across some free textures on Flickr, including a couple that are TtV textures. It basically allows you to use Photoshop to get the same (or similar) effect as rigging up a TtV device. I know, too easy, right? I still plan on setting up my 'contraption' and using the real process. But in the meantime, let me share a couple pics with you to illustrate the process.
Step 1: Pic an image
I like this photo because of the long, straight desert highway heading out to the middle of nowhere. This is taken heading east on Highway 62 a few miles out of 29 Palms. The sign speaks to what a desolate stretch of road this is!
Step 2: Convert to black & white
Certainly not mandatory, but the b&w image lends itself to a more vintage feel.
Step 3: Add the TtV texture in Photoshop
Ta da!!... kind of that gritty, grainy look you might get taking a photo back in the '60s using a Kodak Duaflex or Brownie Starflex film camera. Hope you like it!