Get That Film Look

Recreating the look of film with digital photos is a highly debated topic among photographers. Some people will be for it, others don’t really care but they say film filter software corporate video Melbourne sucks. I’ve even read from some cynics that it’s cheating and it’s ruining photography. (Yes I agree that photo filters can’t fix bad photography)

Whatever side you want to take, you can’t deny that people love film filters. Instagram a few months ago (March 2013) went over the 90 million user mark and there are hundreds of copy cat applications which sell quite well.

I’ve taken film classes and I like working with film but as someone who always travels, bringing along that much equipment just isn’t feasible. Usually I’m just traveling with my Sony Nex-5R and 2-3 lenses.

About a year ago when I was going through my pictures in Lightroom, something starting bothering me. It’s like my photos were too “digital”. Many of them felt sterile and lifeless regardless of the subject. It’s like I remembered being at the place in the photo but I didn’t remember the place looking like how it did in my digital photos. Hard to explain.

I started looking at what actually made film stand out. Why the grain in digital photos was still different than the grain on film. You can also adjust the grain size for each photo.

One of my favorite film photos

I came across a program called Realgrain. Realgrain simulates colors, tonal response and grain patterns of film. Great little program for adding film grain to your photos.

If you want to simulate actual classic films, first I would suggest DXO Filmpack. It’s been sort of the industry standard for film simulation. I say sort of because the industry is still fairly new. DXO gives you a long list of both color and black and white films to play with as well as textures, frames, light leaks, vignetting and more.

Another awesome program is Alienskin Exposure. I haven’t gotten a chance to try their newest version (5) but I own version 4 and have to say it does a wonderful job. Exposure based on my experience didn’t offer as many filter options as some of the other programs out there but it worked very well with the filters it has. Version 5 looks like the program has had a major overhaul so maybe things have changed.

The last program I’ll mention is called VSCO Film. Not cheap but amazing selection of presets for a variety of cameras. They have separate film profiles for Nikon, Canon and Fuji. There are 3 different film packs which cover different types of film. Kind of a downer that you have to buy each separately but every pack you buy, you get a discount on future purchases. The only reason I’m not saying VSCO is the best is because I haven’t personally tried it however the photos they put up on their blog look great.

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