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Digital Photography- Sepia Tone

Updated on October 18, 2018
Near Kingscross Station, Sydney
Near Kingscross Station, Sydney | Source

Sepia tone is a type of digital photo in which the picture appears in shades of brown.

Before the invention of digital photography, sepia can only be produced in the darkroom, today sepia can be produced by using your camera's digital software, most photo-editing software usually has an option to sepia tone.

The sepia tone when applied to a photo, gives a antique, look and feelings to a photograph.
The sepia tone when applied to a photo, gives a antique, look and feelings to a photograph.

Creating sepia tone photograph is a favorite way of many photographers to evoke a sense of nostalgia. It is often associated with images from the late 19th century.

By using the Scene Effects of my Kodak Z700 software I was able to change the look of these photos to sepia tone. I like the option that I can add a brown tint to my picture, giving it an old-fashioned look and also to create a different style.

When a photograph is printed in sepia, it tends to look softer than it would in gray scale. The warm brown and gold tones of a sepia photograph also feel more alive to some viewers.

Modern photographers use sepia to make a photograph look and feel older, I used sepia as a stylistic choice.
Modern photographers use sepia to make a photograph look and feel older, I used sepia as a stylistic choice. | Source
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge | Source
This walkway looks a bit lonely in sepia tone.
This walkway looks a bit lonely in sepia tone.

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    • samer20 profile image


      7 years ago from indonesia

      nice info, it can make photos look older than my father.

      but I still prefer B&W, for me B&W give more soul to its.

    • punamdharkar profile image


      7 years ago from India

      nice feel.

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      Albuquerque Photographer 

      9 years ago

      I really think that the sepia tone can really invoke an emotion that color and black and white can't. It's more intimate than color and warmer than black and white. I like to mix a sepia tone with a little bit of the original color to maximize the warmth of the picture.

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      9 years ago

      Sepia does not really do that much for me. I agree that it can change a photo that has average lighting to a feature photo, but I still prefer b&w.

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      Gold Coast Wedding Photographer 

      11 years ago

      Sepia is one of those tones that can make any photo that looks average from poor light to a arty style of shot in seconds, everyone should play with the Sepia tone.

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      11 years ago from Las Vegas

      Nice info. :)

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      11 years ago

      how do i set my camera into a sepia tone?

    • MM Del Rosario profile imageAUTHOR

      MM Del Rosario 

      12 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Rmnathan,

      I enjoy taking photographs whenever i can, digital photogaphy have change the way we take pictures these days. thanks for your comments.


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      12 years ago from Sharjah

      Very interesting content and nice photographs.


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