A while ago I started creating and selling adjustment presets for Aperture over on my other website, The Aperture Blog, and over time they’ve proven to be quite popular. The first in the series was a set of looks I created called “Film Candy”. The original idea was to create a set of faded film looks, something along the lines of the early versions of Instagram. I was experimenting with various tints at the time, and this reminded me of some multicoloured sweets I was fond of when I was younger, and so the “Film Candy” name was born. The set went down well and I later created Film Candy 2. However, as I’m using Lightroom more and more as my main tool, I’ve been working hard over the past couple of months to port the looks over to Lightroom as Lightroom Develop Module Presets. I’m pleased to reveal that they’re nearly ready to go.
In my continual quest to get the best from my little Fuji XE-1, I’ve been trying lots of different options. I recently posted some sharpening settings for Lightroom that I felt improved the quality of Lightroom’s weird processing of the fuji raw files. I had mentioned in that post that I was also trying our Iridient Developer, which lots of people have been raving about recently for its ability to get good results with files from Fuji’s x series cameras. I was expecting to be underwhelmed, but I wasn’t. In fact I was blown away by the quality.
There’s been one aspect of my web presence that has always been sorely lacking, and that’s my portfolio. Every time I’ve gone to work on it I’ve ended up playing around with the design or the layout, and ultimately promising myself that I’ll go back to it and finish putting the actual photos up, as well as keeping it updated, but usually that’s the last I do with it for several months. Well, no more, because I’ve finally finished my portfolio website. I have managed not only to finsih sorting out my portfolios, but also set up the structure so it’s easy to keep updated. And it’s all down to a combination of Lightroom’s publishing workflow and Photoshelter’s excellent “Beam” website templates.
Up till now, when to comes to serious and accurate film simulation presets for Adobe’s Lightroom and Camera Raw, for the longest time there has really only been one choice. That choice was Visual Supply company, commonly known as VSCO. Its range of film presets are superb, and accurately match a range of common print, and more recently, instant and slide film stocks. But now there is a new player in the film simulation market. It’s a new product from an established name in the photo processing world.
The company is Totally Rad, and they have been making actions and plug-ins for Photoshop for many years. Their new product is called “Replichrome” and it is the result of nearly three years worth of work. They carefully profiled cameras and film by shooting negative and scanning it, and then using that to create colour profiles for various digital cameras so that it matches the scanned negative. The result they argue, is an incredibly accurate simulation of traditional print film for digital photography. Continue reading “Totally Rad Replichrome: A First Look” »
I already had a quick post about the recently released VSCO Film 4 presets for Lightroom the other day, but since then I’ve done some more testing. One of the things that immediately struck me was that the faux slide film looks were an ideal companion to Fuji’s X-Trans cameras. The fuji XE1, X-Pro1 etc all come with picture modes named after Fuji’s various films, including ones for Provia, Velvia and Astia. To be honest though, they don’t really look anything like the respective films, so I was curious to see what the combination of X-Trans sensor and VSCO’s simulated film stocks would look like. The answer: pretty damn good.
The first thing that strikes you after playing around with the presets, is not so much that they look like the slide films that you may have been used to, but more that they “feel” like them. I don’t mean to get all philosophical and zen about it, but there’s something about seeing the rich contrast and colours that immediately invoked memories of getting slides back from the lab. I guess this is a testament as to what a good job VSCO did on the creation of FIlm 4. As for the individual presets, it’s hard to say how accurate they are without shooting comparisons on film and digital, but based on my own experience, like I said earlier, they feel right.
If you want to tweet your photos from Lightroom, there are lots of ways you can do it. Jeffery Friedl even makes a plug in to do it. However, you don’t need to go to so much trouble, at least on the mac (I haven’t tested this trick under windows). You can actually send images from Lightroom to twitter pretty easily with just the built in commands. This works by using a desktop twitter application, so if you don’t have one, you’ll need to download one. I’m using Tweetbot Here’s what to do: Continue reading “Quick Tip: How To Tweet Directly from Lightroom Without a Plug-in” »