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Lightroom is just a tool, right?

My Bode Bear.

My Bode Bear.

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trying to push spring, A bunch of daffodils I picked up at the market.

trying to push spring, A bunch of daffodils I picked up at the market.

Yes, a tool, it’s a pretty important one for professional photographers. i’ve changed my mindset on it a bit. Let me rephrase: I hated it, like really hated it. And now suddenly It has become a-lot better. I found a preset that really works for me! It has that film emulsion that I really love. With very minor tweaking I can make it look just like I want. I try to make my images look more like film, as mentioned in a previous post it is something that I have tried to achieve for nearly ten years. Sometimes, on a fluke i’d get it right. But offtten times I have failed, even after tweaking pictures on Lightroom or Photoshop for hours. This can be really exhausting. It can make me feel like giving up digital all together. I’ve tried every single major preset available and a lot from photographers who sell their own. For those of you who don’t know what a preset is, think of it as an Instagram filter. I have liked some, and others were a huge waste of money. I don’t want to bash anyone or any company, but friends, be careful when downloading presets, they are costly and there is typically no refund. Another thing: a bajillion photographers now sell their own presets. I would not recommend buying any of these (sorry photag friends). It’s just that most of them are not great. Let me explain, they are usually made from THEIR camera, their settings, etc.. Unless you shoot with the same settings, your pictures are not gonna look good. Stick with the more well-know companies, who do this for a living. Mastin Labs, VSCO, etc… If you like the look of film, it’s something that takes a bit of time to pull off on digital, and no matter what presets you own, you are going to have to know what you are doing in camera, no filter can make a picture look great if it’s totally over or underexposed.

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I am not trying to sell you anything here, what you spend your money on in business is totally up to you, but try and save yourself some time, and don’t fall into a trap of buying loads of presets you see advertised on Instagram. Find what works for you, and stick with it, make it your own.

Oh, so you are looking for recommendations?

Here are a few of my favorite presets for Lightroom, and ones I use a-lot in my work: Mastin Labs, Fuji Film 4H, Pushed Porta, The Hybrid Film Collection. I hope by suggesting these you can save a lot of money and a lot of time. AND no, I am not being paid by any of these companies, I just really like them, and wanted to share.

Why Shoot Film?

peeking through the window.

I have many people ask me why I still like to shoot film. So I thought I would tell why, not just me, but many photographers I know, still shoot film . I am known as a hybrid photographer, because I shoot film, and digital. I find that shooting film slows me down, and it allows me to really be in the moment.

Here are a few examples of why film (to me) is superior to digital. Better Dynamic range. What does this mean? In general, I find film to be much more sensitive and better at handling grain than any digital camera I’ve used.

I love that once I shoot a few rolls of film I really don’t have to sit at a computer and edit. I can spend hours after a wedding just going through the thousands of pictures I take just to narrow it down to 500-600. With film you know you only have 26 frames, so you shoot with a lot more intention.

Have a look at the photo below and you’ll see that, even though there is noise present, it’s a uniform color and appears much smoother than it would shot on digital, zero chromatic aberration. Chromatic aberration, also known as “color fringing” or “purple fringing”, is a common optical problem that occurs when a lens is either unable to bring all wavelengths of color to the same focal plane, and/or when wavelengths of color are focused at different positions in the focal plane.

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The colors in the background are softer, and creamier then that in a digital frame. One more fantastic reason to shoot film if you never have, is start with the basics. If you are just learning photography the best way to really understand that brand new digital camera you bought, is to start learning on a old SLR 35mm camera. You can buy used ones on Ebay for really cheap, and once you start seeing those images come back from the lab…well you will understand why I love to shoot film.

I offer this service because there’s not that many film photographers where I live, and I know their is niche clientele that appreciates the fine art look of film, and they want beautiful artistic pictures of their wedding. I find that by offering it as an add on, it gives the couples a choice as to whether or not they want to spend a little extra money for some really heirloom quality images.

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