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Week 3: Tips for Nostalgia

As a photographer, you can create images that transport the viewer back in time and evoke feelings of longing and nostalgia. Here are Week 3's challenge tips.

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As a photographer, you can create images that transport the viewer back in time and evoke feelings of longing and nostalgia. This week's challenge can be from two points of view: nostalgia for the photographer, or invoking the emotion for the observer of the image. Making your viewer feel a certain way is where photography becomes a powerful medium. What sort of emotions can you generate within the observer?

Here's three tips to help you with this week's challenge as you capture "nostalgia."

  1. Use vintage or film-inspired techniques. One of the most effective ways to create a sense of nostalgia in your photos is by using vintage-looking editing techniques. This can include things like adjusting the contrast and saturation, or even making the photo look like it was taken on film with some tasteful grain. There are many editing apps and software available that can help you achieve this look.
  2. Look for subjects that are reminiscent of a bygone era. This could be an old car or a building that has been around for a long time, or even a group of people dressed in vintage clothing. By including these elements in your photos, you can create a sense of nostalgia and transport the viewer to a different time.
  3. Finally, one of the best ways to capture a sense of nostalgia in your photos is to focus on everyday moments and details that might be overlooked. This could be a photograph of an old family photo album, a photo of a child playing with an old toy or a picture of a street corner with an old local shop. These small details and moments can evoke a strong sense of nostalgia and remind us of a simpler time. Do you have an old record player or radio? Perfect! Some of these items that may invoke nostalgia are likely right in your home.
An old radio at the Rochester Public Market
An old radio at the Rochester Public Market

Before this week's challenge I came up with a list of five ideas and locations to shoot that bring me back to certain memories of my childhood. There is a good chance that some of these locations within your local community are tied to memories that others can feel that nostalgia. Revisit some of your own memories and I am sure there will be plenty of subjects to capture. Good luck!

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