Photos with vintage effects are a hit on Instagram. Some applications help the user to create images with a look from the 80s and 90s, simulating photos captured in analogue cameras or, even with effects of burnt photos, with burst and distorted lighting.
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Other nostalgic apps mimic VHS recordings and Polaroid photos, famous at the time for being instantly revealed. Check out some tips for applications that take photos to other times, applying retr filters.
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Huji Cam application applies retr effects to photos Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
The Huji Cam app simulates an analog camera on your mobile screen. The photos are captured with high saturation, a common configuration in film cameras, and even apply purposeful flaws in the lighting, which may present yellow or reddish beams in the image. The photographs also show a fake date of capture, initially marking the year 1998, but which can be changed in the application's settings.
To use the app, the user needs to leave the phone horizontal, as Huji Cam displays a tiny display on the screen, just as it did with the equipment of the past. Still, it is possible to enlarge the viewfinder to have a better view of the photo. To capture an image, just touch the main button. To view the photos with the effects, I need to click on the Lab icon.
Lomograph application has effects of old cameras for photos Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Another option for capturing photos in this style is the Lomograph application, which has more retr filters that refer to old photographs, with grainy effects and high exposure to brightness. It is also possible to insert purposeful beams of light that present other shades, leaving the photos bluish, greenish and yellowish.
In this application, the user can apply the effects to photos in the gallery or images taken on the spot. The app also applies fake photo capture dates. To use, the user needs to choose between the Camera or Photo options, to take a photo or use a file from the gallery. Then, just choose from the filters on the bottom menu of the screen.
Grain Cam leaves photos with a grainy aspect, common in old photographs Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
The older cameras did not have the high definition of the current devices, and presented grainy photos and low image quality. The Grain Cam application applies the grain effect to the photo, simulating outdated photos, leaving them with a retro style.
To apply the effects, just capture the photos and touch the buttons on the top menu of the screen. It is also possible to choose the level of grain, apply a black and white or white filter, in addition to increasing or decreasing the brightness of the photo.
Instants app turns photos into Polaroids Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
With the Instants app, you can create a Polaroid photo effect using your cell phone camera or uploading files from the gallery. There are several models to leave the photo in style, with different height and width options, between free and paid items. It is possible to write a text that will be attached to the photo with a font that simulates a handwritten note, making the polaroid even more real. At the end, it is possible to change the color of the frame and apply light effects to save the image on the phone or send to social networks installed on the phone.
VHS Cam leaves photos and videos with the appearance of old filming Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
The VHS Cam app simulates an old camcorder, which recorded images on VHS tapes. The screen shows the traditional image with faults and drizzles, in addition to the recording data, such as the word play, a shooting time counter and the date and time, common items in the images of that time and that can be manually configured for any day, ms and year.
To use the app, just click on the Record option, to create a video, or on the Photo button, to capture a photo with the effect, simulating an old video frame. The app has light, filter and zoom settings.
Instagram has its own frames and filters that make photos look retro Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
Instagram itself has native frames that simulate old photos. To access them, you need to choose between the filters when editing the image. Each effect has a different frame, and the Hudson, X-Pro II and Nashvile filters, for example, feature frames that mimic old photos and recordings.