“Film is a 127-year-old medium with many contributors throughout its history. Unlike digital capture, film stocks were not made to accurately reflect reality, but to offer different aesthetic choices to the photographer.
Factors such as the culture where the film company was located and who was available at the time as test subjects greatly determined the characteristics of each film stock. This is one of the reasons that Kodak films render colors differently compared to Fuji films (for example.)…
PLEASE NOTE: Any film can technically be used for any subject or lighting condition, but if you pair the right film with the right subject, you’ll get ideal results….”
I follow either of two essentially different paths when processing my raw stills photography files, based on available time and emotional effect.
If time is of the essence and I must quickly process a collection of selects from a project, in effect a set of proofs ready for client viewing or social media, then I always choose to apply film simulation aka emulation presets through software like DxO PhotoLab and its siblings DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint, Alien Skin Exposure X4, Capture One Pro equipped with film styles from 1style.pro, or several other such options including film emulation look-up tables aka LUTs.
My choice of host application and film emulations depends on what films are available which combination and it can vary a great deal.
If there is plenty of time for slower, more thoughtful processing and experimentation with a range of possible looks, then I will spend some time in products like Skylum’s Luminar and Aurora Pro exploring their many highly original, unconventional filters and controls to follow in entirely new image processing directions.
Most of the time, though, time is of the essence and I would rather be creating new images rather than editing older ones.
Capture One Pro is one of the two raw processing applications I am most likely to turn to when time is limited, beside DxO PhotoLab and its plug-ins, and it is good to see film simulation presets specialist Mastin Labs supporting it now.
Kirk Mastin’s presets are rather pricey compared to others, but I have read nothing but praise for them from photographers working digitally as well as in analog photography.
I have yet to try Mastin Labs’ first collection for Capture One Pro, Kodak Everyday Original consisting of presets based on Kodak Ektar 100, Kodak Gold 200 and Kodak Tri-X 400 as well as tone profiles, custom white balance settings, and 35mm and 120 roll film grain simulations.
The analog films upon which this set is based are not necessarily my first choice though I shot Tri-X film in 35mm, 120 and sheet film formats for many years during my magazine editorial photography and corporate photography careers.
The Mastin Labs presets I am more likely to want to use these days are included in their other collections – Fujicolor Original, Fujicolor Pushed, Ilford Original, Portra Original and Portra Pushed – so I hope that we will see these collections released for Capture One Pro in future.
Meanwhile, there are other ways of achieving acceptable analog film simulation or something similar in a number of host applications including Capture One Pro itself, and the list of links below points to some of them.
- 1Styles.pro – Film Styles for Capture One
- Alien Skin – Exposure X4
- Capture One – Capture One Styles
- DxO – Home of DxO PhotoLab, DxO FilmPack, DxO ViewPoint and Nik Collection.
- FilterGrade – Capture One Styles
- Image Alchemist – Presets, Styles, and Training
- Lutify.me – Use 3D LUTs in Capture One
- Mastin Labs – Kodak Everyday Original
- ON1, Inc. – ON1 Photo RAW
- Photoism by Mastin Labs – Which Film or Preset Should I Use? A Guide by Mastin Labs.
- Skylum – maker of AirMagic, Aurora HDR, Luminar 3 and Luminar Flex.
- Thomas Fitzgerald Photography – Mastin Labs announces Support for Capture One with new Style Pack
- Thomas Fitzgerald Photography Store – Capture One, Add to your Collection of Capture One Tools with Style Packs and eBooks for Photographers by Thomas Fitzgerald
- Topaz Labs
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