Here are eight images based on a single photo of the Grand Union Canal at Olton, Solihull. I took the original photo with an iPhone 3G S and added the retro effects with the Lo-Mob app. Lo-Mob adds a retro, low-tech feel to photos, such as ‘through the viewfinder’ (TTV), medium format, 35mm and emulsions.
I imagine ‘real’ photographers (who understand the craft – not photo tinkerers like me) or Photoshop experts may be aggrieved at filter apps like Lo-Mob. Personally, I think these apps are great. I remember spending hours reading Photoshop tutorials on how to create retro effects, recording batch actions to apply border effects, using grunge brushes to simulate wear, and so on. While I learnt a lot, the simplicity of an app appeals to me a lot.
As a side benefit, I’m also learning terminology from the photographic world I know nothing about (film, developing, formats, and so on).