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RAW film emulation

I usually shoot in JPEG. I find that RAW files are simply too big and add what I’ve always thought to be an unnecessary layer to my workflow. I’ve been considering changing that lately, so I started shooting both RAW & JPEG simultaneously. Having a large SD card doesn’t hurt. I use a 32GB.

I recently read that VSCO’s latest film emulation software is supposed to work with Fujis. Although I’m not so sure what that means for Adobe’s poor processing of RAW X-Pro1 images, I made the purchase anyways. After that, I needed to find some RAW captures to play with. Since I only recently made the switch on my Fuji, I don’t have too many recent shots.

I wanted to try breathe vigor into some lackluster shots too. There are a couple that I dug up from several years ago before I really knew what I was doing with a camera. They were both taken with the Canon T2i.

Fuji FP-100c Negative--

Fuji FP-100c Negative–

Polaroid 690 Warm--

Polaroid 690 Warm–

What I’m really looking forward to is applying RAW film emulations to some quality Fuji photos. This is new territory for me, but I like the concept and I plan to get more emulation packs for my Lightroom. I’ve had little experience with film in the past so I need to do a little bit more research (Astia, Provia and Velvia would be a nice start).

I’ve already got several experiments in mind… comparisons being only one of them. This picture might look familiar if you’ve already seen another one of my posts. This is just one of many different twists emulations allow you to apply to your photos.

Fuji FP-100c Negative+++

Fuji FP-100c Negative+++

The only problem with all this is it’s just one more bag of tricks to play with. But it does make the Lightroom experience that much funner. I’ll be applying emulations to future 5D shots as well, which should be cool. Whether I’m shooting people, landscapes, or just random stuff, film emulation opens up a whole new range of possibilities. Here are a few of my first attempts at putting this technology to use.

Fuji FP-100c Negative--

Fuji FP-100c Negative–

Fuji FP-100c Cool+

Fuji FP-100c Cool+

Polaroid 690 Warm--

Polaroid 690 Warm–

Fuji FP-100c Negative+

Fuji FP-100c Negative+

(obviously I like Polaroid 690 and Fuji FP-100c variations)

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