How to Take Vintage and Pastel Pictures.

Hello! I get asked often on how I create vintage and pastel tones on my pictures, so today I would love to provide some personal tips and experiences on that. Also, I did this post as a guest entry at [herecomesthesunblog] this week. Do check it out! 

#1. Get The Right Objects

VINTAGE: It is not difficult to get vintage objects. Film cameras, your grandpa's watches, floral teacups, old books with brown pages, oxford shoes... just to name a few!

PASTEL: Girls will know what sorts of things to go well with the theme. I can think of the creamy cupcakes, the fluffy clouds, the light-colored helium balloons and the white laces on a dress.

#2. Search for Beautiful Backgrounds

VINTAGE: There're just so many places to take vintage pictures. My personal preferences would be wheat fields. Abandoned blocks and old tea rooms can be great venues too!

PASTEL: Pastel pictures are generally more simple and clean. I always love taking objects against trees as the little spaces between the leaves and branches will help create beautiful bokeh as backdrop. Alternatively, you can set your objects on a wooden table indoor, near to the windows.

#3. Good Lighting

VINTAGE & PASTEL: I personally think natural light works best for both effects, especially for pastel pictures that are dreamy, soft and light. Shooting indoor for pastel pictures is more appropriate to avoid harsh sunlight but also remember to find places near the windows to get sufficient and softer natural light. Vintage pictures can be taken outdoors, best during the magic hours (evening).

#4. Editing

VINTAGE & PASTEL: Editing is an integral part in creating both effects. There are many online Photoshop presets available for such editing. If you are interested, you can also download them free from my [site].

#5. Combination

Vintage and pastel can go hand in hand. For example, you can get vintage objects going with pastel editing. Simply mix tips above and have fun!

love, M

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14 Responses to “How to Take Vintage and Pastel Pictures.”

  1. Thanks for this great tutorial!

  2. Mandy,

    I've always been wanting to learn how to edit photos to such an effect. Thank you so much for sharing.

    The only problem is that I do not have Photoshop. I use very basic editing and often use Photoscape which is a very good software for photo editing idiots like me. Now I feel the great urge to download Photoshop! I tried to play around with Photoshop on my sister's computer when I did editing for my online shop's pictures and was playing around with the curve so much to attain the effects you showed here and in all your other Photoshop posts.

    I like how you share your knowledge and tips to others. That's really very generous of you!

    1. It's so sweet to read your words. I used to be using Photoscape too as it is so user-friendly! However, I would strongly suggest you to download/purchase Photoshop for more versatile editing. Playing with presets can be very fun, it's like conducting experiments! :)

      Thank you so much <3

  3. Great tutorial! wonder do u get inspired or learn it from other site when u take photos?

    Love how you would share with us, thank you so much! ♥

    1. I do read many blogs to get ideas when I am free! :) No problem, very happy to have helped! xx

  4. Thanks you!!!

    Lovely Blog by the way ;)

    Greetings from Barcelona.


  5. Great tips! An awesome filter works well, too ;D

    x Michelle |

  6. Thankyou for this helpful post! :) If you don't mind, where exactly can suitable wheat fields be found? :o

    1. You're welcomed! You can get wheat fields in many housing areas, perhaps those lands that haven't had houses built on yet :)

  7. thanks for the tips, and thank you thank you thank you for directing to your free dreamy presets! i truly appreciate it!