We all have DSLRs and iPhones and we know how to use them. The latest trend among the Mincey photographers is to take crystal clear photos and turn them into antique photos. Don’t ask me why we spend much denaro on cameras with auto focus and color enhancements just so we can make the photos look like they came from a Kodak Brownie camera 75 years ago. But it’s what we do.
One of the apps our offspring found and use on their iPhones made its way to the Mac. It’s called Vintage Scene and perfectly describes what the app does. It takes any standard digital photo and with a few clicks turns it into one of those old looking, weather, distressed photos of yesteryear.
Of course, the proof is in the taste of the pudding, and a picture is worth a thousand words.
Take any decent photo from your collection– iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom– drop it on Vintage Scene, select Vintage Scene, Antique Photo, or Faded Time– then select a vintage look from the presets in the style browser, and finally, tweak and tune until the cows come home.
Controls are simple enough to figure out without a lengthy PDF manual but you’ll find yourself in constant tweak mode thanks to the large number of styles and the infinite settings in the slider bars.
Who knew that antique photos could look so modern?
There’s a Vintage Scene app for Mac, iPhone and iPad, as well as Windows and Android devices. If you’re at all like me and constantly looking for an easy way to take basic and plain photos and turn them into something special, Vintage Scene does the job. Often I take photos with my iPhone, then pull them down from iCloud’s PhotoStream to tweak on my Mac. It’s that easy and remarkably affordable.