You remember the photo album of your grandparents, those vintage pictures? Those pictures have a special character. They don’t just tell you about old times, about the history of your family. They look special, old but somewhat cozy. We call this effect: yellowed. You can also find it with old letters or newspapers. Living in modern times we can create this effect artificially and on purpose. The photographical process is called: Sepia.
This color of the cuttlefish created the first way of coloring a picture. When photography was young they weren’t able to make those colorful pictures we are used to.
So this was one way not to create a standard grayscale picture or as the common user says “Black and white photo”, another one was to color pictures manually.
Today I create this effect not only with a special filter of my digital camera, but as well via photoshop.