Pub Tips is an ongoing series of blog posts specifically for other photographers. We photographers in New York City like to get together over drinks to swap information and chat. Sometimes one photographer mentions a problem they're having and I immediately have just the right answer. What a great feeling! I am collecting these "pro tips" here, but calling them "pub tips" as I'm usually spouting them off while perched on a bar stool, sipping on a pint. These are the things I would tell you if we were having a beer together.
A question I've gotten is how I get my digital images to look the way they do. Most of what I do is done by correctly exposing my photos in camera and thinking about lighting, angles, and having a solid knowledge of my external flash and lights. "Look for the light." as my friend Karen says. My main goal is always getting my photos right in camera. Good light and proper exposure make good images, period.
However, I do edit my images in Adobe Lightroom, and for that, I use VSCO. It's given me back a lot of what I miss about my older days in film: dreamy, creamy color, crispty whites and oh-so-slightly muted blacks. So far I've stuck with VSCO 01 which has lots of classic film looks. I have a few favorite presets from that pack that were made my own using a few tweaks (kind of like adding sautéed bell peppers to your already delicious box of Annie's Shells & Cheddar. Yum!)
If you have been debating adding VSCO to your workflow but haven't quite worked up to spending the $119, they released two new film presets in what they're calling VSCO 00 and they are ABSOLUTELY FREE. The films are Kodak 100 (color) and Kodak Tri-X (black and white). Each has a few variations on the theme, and all of the photos in this post have been processed using them so you can see them in action.
p.s. because internet: I am not making a dime on this and Visual Supply Company has no idea who Amber Marlow is. I am just genuinely excited about this product and what it can do for your workflow.