Lomo-ish - What the Heck is That? Confusing Photo Editing Terms

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Lomo-ish - What the Heck is That? Confusing Photo Editing Terms

I love to play with different photo editing tricks when I have a spare moment or three, and today I was using Picasa (my favorite) - I have the latest PhotoShop but it takes a lot more than a moment or three to just open it up and it’s so fussy about how I do stuff. So if I’m just playing to kill time then it’s Picasa or iPiccy or PicMonkey.

I’ve tried all the various editing choices and never thought about why they were called what they are called. Today, I wanted to check out Lomo-ish; and this is what I found out.

Lomo is a type of camera - Russian-made Lomo LC-A to be precise. Built in the early 90's, it was cheap and not a good camera-the pictures came out with dark edges. For some strange reason a Lomo cult developed-and continues today. You can choose a Lomo-ish effect in most photo editing programs. Where did I learn all this knowledge? From a PhotoShop tutorial by Darren Rowse and several Google results.

Here’s a picture of a tray of coleus in our local landscape company; first one is the original.


This is Lomo-ish. Note the dark edges and harsher reds.
You can make the edges deeper or shallower and fade the edge color.


Inverted colors makes for some interesting pictures especially since you can play with the hues and fading. I kind of wish the coleus actually came in these colors.


This last one is heat map. Looks like an exploding planet.


There's also Orton-ish, Holga-ish, and HDR-ish. I'll get to those soon.

Okay, I went a little further than Lomo-ish but it's so much fun to play with a photo editing program. Now I have to teach them to my assistant, Shayna.

Darren Rowse's website is Digital Photography School and it covers just about everything.

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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Toni - Thank you for the lesson this morning! That is awesome. The last one reminds me of thermal imaging...lol. once an inspector, always an inspector. have a great day!

May 30, 2012 11:02 PM #15
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Toni: My oldest daughter has been playing around with a bunch of different programs too.  I am glad that she is taking on that role for my team.

May 30, 2012 11:11 PM #16
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Toni - thanks for sharing about the Lomo effect. Regards, Nesbitt Realty

May 30, 2012 11:31 PM #17
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hey Toni,  I need to figure this out sometime when I have time.  Thanks for pointing it out to all of us.

May 30, 2012 11:33 PM #18
William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate

Toni, thanks for sharing the info. There seems to be a growing trend in "retro looks" in photography. Wishing you a great day in Florida!

May 30, 2012 11:43 PM #19
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Toni,  You truly amaze me.  It's clear you have a passion for photography and enjoy experiencing with editing programs and enhancing your photos.  I'm behind the 8-ball in finding a spare moment or two to do the same. 

May 31, 2012 12:46 AM #20
Sonia Riahi
TourZap - Orléans, ON

Lomography has been gaining a lot of popularity lately! I think the resurge started with the reintroduction of the DianaF+ and Holga cameras in the mass market...Those are the original ways to get the "creative" photos - where the editing of the actual image happens while you take it. All the online programs these days (like Instagram) are secondary tools!

May 31, 2012 01:25 AM #21
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Toni, I've used the lomo-ish effect for Halloween.   I enjoy iPiccy and you can download as many photos as you want.

May 31, 2012 01:55 AM #22
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Dianne - thanks for the app tip.

Myrl - I keep trying Photoshop but I don't have the patience with it that's needed at times. I think vignette is basically the same thing but more of a border. Lomo affects the whole picture.

John- I prefer Picasa to the Monkey but we all get comfortable with different things.

Al & Peggy - I learn so much from others in the Rain and from research for posts. It's so much fun!

Jeanne & Ralph - It does look kind of explosive!

Fred - it's called heat map so maybe it is thermal imaging digital style.

Anita - it sounds great to have a daughter who likes to do those things. I only have Shayna :)

Will N - anytime!

Will H - pick out a picture and just play. You'll be amazed what you can do.

William T - there is a trend towards sepia, black & white, you're right.

Kathleen - Thanks,  it will happen!

Sonia - thanks for the additional info. I didn't know that.

Rebecca - I use iPiccy quite a bit for editing too. I'll have to remember Lomo for Halloween. Sounds like a great idea, thanks.



May 31, 2012 05:00 AM #23
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

There are so many cool things that one can do with photos nowadays that you could spend a ton of time just learning about all of the effects.  Thanks for sharing.

May 31, 2012 06:02 AM #24
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Lomo-ish is such an interesting effect. Of course, it does look much better when you use a plastic camera (as those are the types of cameras typically used in lomography, like Sonia mentioned with Holga and Diana F+) and have regular old 35mm film developed from it. Certainly puts an interesting and very retro spin on shots. I have played around with a Diana and am actually very excited to save enough to get a Holga- they are fun toys to carry around.

May 31, 2012 07:15 AM #25
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Jennifer - that is the truth.

Bud & Beth - why bother spending all that money when you can do it with photo editing?

May 31, 2012 07:54 AM #26
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Toni, I have seen those effects, I really haven't taken the time to play with it.

May 31, 2012 09:18 AM #27
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and afternoon Toni

Toni my friend, it sure is fun to play around with the different features of photo program editors. As always you sure have done a mighty fine job of explaining the Lomo-ish effect feature.

I as think the last photo looks like a exploding planet.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

May 31, 2012 09:42 AM #28
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Toni ...no matter what you use it will turn out great!  Have a great night in FL!

May 31, 2012 10:19 AM #29
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Toni, I am always pleased when one of out Photoblogger group members shares things to help others learn. Great job on this post Toni. Thank you so much!
May 31, 2012 01:08 PM #30
Heather Milbourn
South Beaches Real Estate Professional - Seminole, FL

Hi Toni What a wonderful hobby and you have such extensive knowledge the great thing about photography is i guess you always have the pics to remind you of what you have done, 

May 31, 2012 10:09 PM #31
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Tony - give them a whirl. You can always back go back to the original pic.

Dale - thanks. It does look like that the more I look at it.

Aww, thanks, Rob.

William - glad to share!

Heather - that's true! I usually save the changed ones and the original so I can do something else with it.

May 31, 2012 10:50 PM #32
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Toni, I don't believe that it should be something everyone goes out to buy...but rather a fun toy to have if you have the income to spare for it. It isn't a necessity, and it's certainly more popular for the younger generation. Any plastic "toy" camera sells for around $40, plus the cost of film and development, so it isn't too terribly bad. But I do agree with you - photo editing is much more convenient, and free!

Jun 03, 2012 04:53 AM #33
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

B&B - so glad you came back. Yes, you're right, the camera is inexpensive. I guess I hate carrying extra stuff around if I can do it at home on my computer :).

And thank you for the additional info in your previous comment.

Jun 03, 2012 07:03 AM #34
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