Photo Editing Part 2 – Guide: How You Can Create the Film Camera Look

Hey there! We are back today with the second part of our Photo Editing Guide. In today’s blog post we will be writing about how you can create your own photo filters, adjusting them to your liking.

For better understanding of the photo editing terms and tools I will be mentioning in this blog post, you should check out our previous blog post –Photo Editing Part 1 – A Guide on Common Tools on Photo Editing Apps.

Okay, let’s dive right in.


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For those of you not too familiar with the film camera edits, photographs taken by film camera tend to be grainier and depending on the film that you are using, there is a green or sepia tint to your photographs.

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You don’t really need a film camera to achieve that film camera effect on your photos. Sometimes a little of that photo editing magic will do the trick!


Film camera shot photographs tend to have a grainy look, to achieve this look using photo editing app is actually quite simple. Editing apps such as VSCO and Snapseed both have a tool called ‘Grain’ on VSCO and ‘Grainy Film’ on Snapseed. Be careful not to go too heavy handed on this tool, too much grain can be overwhelming at times. You do not want to draw attention away from your main subject and the photo should still look natural.

Generally I would say about 2.0 to 5.0 on VSCO or 20 to 30 on Snapseed would be good. However, it ultimately depends on your personal preference and your photo. There is no fixed edit that would suit all photos.


Some photos taken can have areas where it is too white or too washed out. This can often happen on subjects facing the light source and clouds. To avoid this, you can increase highlight by using the ‘Highlight’ tool to soften your highlights, which will give the image an overall softer, dreamier look to it.

You can adjust ‘Highlight’ under ‘Tune Image’ on Snapseed.


How do you go about creating the green, sepia tint? This can be easily achieved by playing around with White Balance. Again, there is no fix adjustments to make and it depends on how you like your photo to be.


For some of you who are a little more experimental and wish to try something different, you can play around with the ‘Split Tone – Shadows Tint & Highlights Tint’ on VSCO. You can use it to add a coloured filter over your photos. In fact, it produces photos similar to those shot on Lomo Cameras.

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That’s all we have for today. Hope this is a fun read for you guy!