Not only are cheap, old film cameras enjoying a renaissance in the art world, now that digital is king, but the artsy retro photographers are coming up with more gimmicks to make photos more interesting. One style that has become popular on Flickr is an effect called "Through The Viewfinder" (ttv). This is where you take a digital photo "through the viewfinder" of an old film camera, usually a twin lens reflex like a Kodak Duaflex. Dust, dirt and scratches add to the vintage or artsy look. As an alternative to shooting first generation through a camera you can also create a fake (faux) ttv image in Photoshop. By layering a textured image of a blank viewfinder photo onto another image you can create the same effect. There are groups on Flickr where people share textured layers. I thought I'd give it a try out of curiosity. I used a ttv texture, courtesy of David Cory , combined it with a photo I shot of a B-25 bomber and added my own tweaks in Photoshop to create a vintage World War II look.
© Joseph Greco