7 Famous Photography Effects You Can Easily Recreate. Part 2

Hello everybody! Previously, we told you about some creative photo effects that you can find on Pho.to: Double Exposure, Bokeh effect, Vignetting, Tilt Shift.

Now we are going to talk about no less marvellous effects Pho.to has to offer: Sepia effect, Dave Hill and Color Isolation effects. Even a good taken photo can benefit from adding some creative effects.

  • Convert a photograph into a sepia-tone image to make it look sweet and retro-ish.
  • Learn how to make your photos special with the help of the creative Dave Hill effect.
  • Experiment with color isolation effects to emphasize on a certain object in a photo.

Examples of photos processed with 7 popular photo effects part 2


In the old times sepia was a technique normally used to preserve black and white photos from fading out. Most probably the photos of your great-grandparents are in soft brownish shades of sepia. The first color film was produced in 1935, so black-and-white and sepia were virtually the only choices for photographers of these times. Sepia gave human skin the warm shade it naturally had, and made every photo look a bit romantic and retroish. Photographers and their models alike still appreciate sepia-toned photographs because of their warm and intimate feel.

Sepia effect

It’s possible to create a sepia-toned picture without postprocessing it in a photo editor. The classic way to do this is to take photos with a traditional camera and to add sepia toner when you develop a photo. But it can be risky, as the process involves using toxic chemicals. Another way is to attach a sepia filter to your camera lens. But the best and fastest way is to apply this effect is to go to Pho.to website or getting the ‘Photo Lab’ app. And here are the steps on how to do it:

  1. Choose one of the many sepia-inspired filters: Bronze Sepia or Retro Sepia, Vintage Sepia, Dramatic Bronze, Dramatic Retro or Dreamy Retro.
  2. Upload your photo. Our smart algorithms will take care of the rest!

See how the processed picture looks warm and faded-out. This cat can’t but win the hearts of all photography lovers.

Sepia effects photo collage

Dave Hill

Guess what? Yes, this effect was invented by Dave Hill, a Los Angeles photographer. Dave is famous for adding a pinch of magic to each image. People in his photos look radiant and real, you can almost catch them breezing and winking at you. Somehow they’re even a bit too genuine, too sharp and too vivid to be real.

Finding the Key by Dave Hill

The techniques used by Dave to achieve this are kept secret. Obviously the first step is to take a dramatic photo. Dave usually uses at least eight light sources for his pictures to make everything in the picture come out. When the perfect shot is taken, the magic begins. Post-processing a single photo can take up to several days, but no one knows what exactly Dave does during this time. Photographers who try to discover the secret of Dave Hill suggest using the same methods you would use to create an HDR image, applying the unsharp mask filter, and playing with colors and light.

But you can make it simply by using the magic of Pho.to.

  1. Open the Dave Hill effect’s page and choose your picture. To make the result look appealing, pick a catchy photo. We’ve got a shot of a rock climber. You could try using photos of other sports, interesting pictures of your friends having fun or any other eye-catching shots.

Photo without Dave Hill effect

  1. Wait for your result to appear and enjoy an instant Dave Hill effect.

Photo with Dave Hill effect by Pho.to

Color Isolation

Color isolation is an undoubtedly fantastic effect. Imagine a picture of a crowded street where everything except a tree sapling is in black and white. A shot of a red heart-shaped lollipop lying on a table would also look eye-catching if everything around the candy was in black and white. You can isolate anything you like: flowers, butterflies, red lips, green eyes and blue aviator glasses – you name them.

An example of photograph with color isolation effect

If you wonder how to make a photo with this effect, we must say that there isn’t really a way to shoot a monochrome photo and then add a full-color detail. You can only apply color isolation when you post-process a color photo. So take any image from your DSLR, point-and-shoot or phone camera as a source. If you have Photoshop, you could follow this fun tutorial on color isolation. But wait, there is an easier way to do it! Just head to Pho.to and follow these simple instructions.

  1. Let’s choose an appropriate effect for the photo. The first color isolation effect is Red Boost. It leaves shades of red and orange intact, while all the other colors fade away. It is a real magic for girls with red lips.The example of photo with Red Boost color isolationThis is another example of this trendy color isolation effect:
    Photo without Red Boost effectPhoto with Red Boost effect by Pho.to
  2. The Blue Only effect works great for the blue-eyed people, as well as for azure butterflies and turquoise ocean.
    Photo without Blue Only effectPhoto with Blue Only effect by Pho.to
  3. Green only is the perfect effect to make green apples, plants or the green eyes of your cat look cattier than ever.
    Photo without Green Only effectPhoto with Green Only effect by Pho.to

We hope that these little tutorials will evoke your imagination and help you make new masterpieces with your photos.

Well, that’s enough for today, go straight to Funny.Pho.to, App Store or Google Play and create your own works like a professional photographer!

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