I wanna know how TKO takes them or what software he uses to play with him. Diest - how did you get the effects. LOVE THEM.
I haven't done too much with these photos. Most any editing software will let you achieve these simple effects.
When I shoot, I use a few techniques.
1) Low to the ground, tilted up, rotated with a wide angle (or fisheye) lens to make long visual lines of sight in a photo.
2) Waist level shot, no tilt, less dramatic rotation or level with a wide angle or default lens.
3) Above the head, tilted down, no rotation, fisheye lens.
I always use a UV filter, and normally use a polarized lens filter (but it's broke right now). I also am trying to learn how to use the tele macro setting on my camera to achieve new effects. The Chopin statue picture is an example of experimentation.
After I have all my photos I use software. Everything I did was done on Windows Photo Gallery, a default windows application.
To artificially age a photo...
Saturation - (only slightly)
Tint - (until you're in the greens)
Color temp + (to make the flesh not green)
If you've got a good sky with clouds, I like to do this though.
Brightness (don't change)
Saturation + (you'll notice quickly that the sky starts to pop out)
Color temp - (at this point the sky will look very blue and your clouds will look puffy and white but still have lots of shadow to them)
The second technique is how I make things look really green as well. Makes the moss look green (not grey)
For black and white photos of people
Contrast ++ (as high as I can usually go or just slightly under the max)
Saturation -- (all the way down... this makes it B/W)
Tint -- (I find that in the lowest settings the tint being all the way down will bring out more lines/shadows on a face)
Color temp (move as needed. you can make someone's face seem very clear or rough... you decide)
I only know a few tricks. I'm constantly trying to find new ones though.
Other than that, it's all experimental.