I do some basic adjusting in Lightroom, then add the black border and brushes in Photoshop. I use a few brushes, I think I got off of Brusheezy.com. The brushes I use are huge (2500x2500 or so), so it's just a couple clicks with 100% opacity.
I'm ordering a Holga in the next couple days, to try and obtain this effect straight from the camera.
Interesting. I've never used Lightroom. Is there a reason you use it and not do everything in PS?
Also, how do you achieve the split focal ranges (focused center and not fore and background). Is this a PS thing also?
You'll have fun with the Holga. I've used toy camera/ old models for years and love the spontaneity and mixed results. Nothing like the real thing.
Well I use Lightroom simply because I organize all my photos in it and it's just easier to edit there instead of firing up Photoshop to do the same thing. The focus thing is based on how I take the photo. The lens can focus on select objects and you set the focus depth. For some that are really out of focus in the background, that's probably because I added a bit of blur to make the focus more obvious
Congrats on getting published. What issue will it be in and when will copies be available?
It'll be in issue #2. Pre-order will be available shortly, the great thing is that if you pre-order you get it cheaper than when it comes out. It's a great magazine for Canadian talent. The pictures are stunning and the quality is better than any magazine I've bought.