Let me be clear: I love film photography.
What I don’t love is the cost, the distance I have to drive to one of the only reputable film labs in Orlando, and the moments lost while learning and experimenting. But mostly, I don’t love the cost. So when I (finally) realized that I could recreate “film looks” via VSCO Film Presets, I got pretty excited.
The best part about using these presets (with RAW files, of course) is the amount of latitude I gain in expressing the moment. There are so many variables you can adjust to recreate the emotion of the scene, and the possibilities are endless.
Although there are many critics of VSCO presets (and presets in general), I really enjoyed using these. Perhaps if I was a grandmaster at Lightroom CC then I would feel the same. But since I am not, I gain a sense of relief and joy in what I’m now capable of producing.
Don’t get me wrong, no amount of editing can save a bad photo. However when the image itself is already alluring, the film presets (and maybe a tweak or two) really make it shine. I used to believe that almost any editing to a photo was cheating and borderline lying. Well, it’s easy to say that when you aren’t sure how to edit in post-production. But now I know. And I love it.
After all, if you can dodge & burn, use contrast filters, and manipulate film emulsion in the darkroom, then why not do the same in the digital darkroom?
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