I have some strict rules for myself when it comes to shooting film. While I will put my film scans in Lightroom so that I can clean up dust, I don’t do any tweaking or major editing. However, when it comes to digital, I love to play and tweak an image in many different ways.
One very simple and quick way you can do this in Lightroom is by using presets. I have a few favorites that I go to first and then tweak those a little bit to fit my mood.
One preset set I love and gives a film feel easily is VSCO’s film set.
I added the Kodak Porta 160 preset to the image first.
Then I went black and white with their Ilford HPS preset.
Another great pack I use often is Replichrome’s Film packs from Totally Rad. We at Viewfinders did a few reviews of this pack here and here. What is great about this pack is that you can choose the film and the scanner. You can really get a different look using the same film on a different scanner.
Again, I went with color first and added their Fuji Pro 160- Frontier preset.
And, just to show you the difference of the same film but different scanner here is the Fuji Pro 160-Noritsu- preset.
I also did a black and white using Replichrome’s Fuji Neopan Acros 100 preset.
Lastly, you can get some great presets for free. Kim Klassen has a lovely set for free on her site. Here is her Friday preset.
Sometimes I notice I am doing the same edit over and over. For example, I love a high contrast, low exposure, and a touch of grain to my nature photos so I made a preset that has all my go to edits.
A simple preset is a fast way to fiddle with images. Are you a fan of presets or do you like to do all your own editing? Do you have a favorite preset pack? Do you like to make your own? I’d love to hear how you use Lightroom or about any favorite preset packs you love.