13/11/2013 | by Nina Zietman | 7 comments
With the advent of technology comes great advancement in video production techniques. However, digitalisation has also brought back a nostalgia for old analogue practices. This is that technique of giving a photo or video that popular ‘vintage’ feel. We’re now in a bonkers situation where people shell out megabucks on high-definition cameras just to then make their images deliberately blurry or distorted on Instagram.
The ‘Instagram effect’ is quite popular with snowboard movies. Big budget production companies like Absinthe still use 8mm cameras on occasion. If you don’t fancy buying another camera immediately after shelling out for your new DSLR, then you can create effects in post-production that only the most highly trained eye could spot the difference.
It’s too complicated to go into detail here, but a few minutes on Google will show you how to add shakes, scratches, grain and distortion to even your clearest HD footage. You can even get hold of stock footage like film burn, light leaks and old camera countdowns to blend in with your shots, but please use these thoughtfully and sparingly. Only use an effect when it will compliment your edit rather than slapping them in because you’ve seen it done somewhere else.