Through the Viewfinder

I have always liked the vintage film look.  I have started collecting a lot of vintage cameras in hopes of one day shooting film with them.  Until then, I came across a filter technique online that I thought I would try out.  It is called through the viewfinder photography, and you do exactly as the name implies.  I used my Kodak Brownie Target Six-20 and attached a paper towel core around the viewfinder to minimize the light leak between the viewfinder and the lens of my Canon T2i, which I used for actually taking the pictures.  Setting up the shot can be tricky because the viewfinder of most older cameras inverts the image, so you really have to pay attention to what you are doing.  After taking the pictures I imported them into Adobe Lightroom where I upped the contrasted, desaturated, color corrected and inverted the images.  Although this is a cool filter technique that yields some pretty vintage looking results, it is worthwhile to note that photos taken through the lens of the camera would actually look quite different from those through the viewfinder.

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