As I draw this week to an end, I figured I would end it with some secret resources for replicating film effects. The trend for the look of film is at an all time high and a lot of savvy entrepreneurs have created some pretty convincing doppelgangers. I have gathered a collection of links for you to explore if you decide film is not for you right now but you still want the look. The key to any simulation of the ‘real deal’ is moderation. Who knows, you may even develop your own film + Photoshop processing hybrid.
::FILM SIMULATION TOP SECRET RESOURCES::
- Clickin’ Moms (don’t let the name dissuade you) just released a set of film presets for Adobe Camera Raw + Lightroom. I was very impressed with the samples and even happier when I knew they were available for Adobe Camera Raw (I don’t work in Lightroom…yet).
- I mentioned a truly talented photographer Sean Flanigan a few weeks ago. Sean offers both private classes and workshops. I hear he is generous with sharing his post processing techniques which include film inspired looks. If I could afford a private class I would have booked it yesterday.
- Totally Rad Actions, you may have heard of these Photoshop actions and I do have to say if you are going to lay out some dough for Photoshop actions you should lay them out for TRA. They are highly customizable, organized and just really good. For the filmy look try their Detroit B+W, it’ll give you that low contrast, soft gray effect without being too contrived.
- FloraBella classic film action, this just arrived in my inbox yesterday. I think FloraBella creator Shana Rae does a superb job with her offerings. I haven’t tried the new set yet but I do own a couple of her other Photoshop action sets and they are excellent.
- Tutorial for creating natural film grain in Photoshop.
If you have any resources you think I should add to this list please let me know in the comments.
photo by:tristan b.
- Alternative photography processing workshop the Photographer’s Formulary
- Alternative photo processing kits
- Guide to film photography
- I still shoot film:: a beginner’s guide to film photography
- Video to learn to re-spool your film here
- Video for using 120 film with a 620 spool
- Buy your 620 film here or here
- Manual photography cheat sheet
Elliot Erwitt is one of my all time favorite photographers. I was fortunate enough to catch an Erwitt exhibit at the International Center for Photography (if you are in NYC they have classes too). If you are familiar with his work you may not have realized that a lot of his seemingly spontaneous and ‘at the right place at the right time’ shots were staged. I think for any budding photographer this offers a glimmer of hope that you might be able to create your own magic. If you are looking for the challenge of treasure hunting a magic moment don’t fret, there is a whole booming community dedicated to street film photography. Photographer Nitsa is a dedicated explorer of techniques and experimentation calling her style Non-photography, her blog is filled with information and she even created an e-book guide. I stayed up one night way too late going through her archives.