Taking another look at the vintage camera effects in this package. This is one of the wetplate options.
And this is the same image, given a grainy lith effect. I’m very fond of lith effects. I used to have a complicated Photoshop action that did a similar effect, but this is easier and is (like all the effects) fully adjustable via a Lightroom style sidebar that offers all kinds of tonal, vignette, grain, contrast and exposure adjustments, to name but a few.
I’ve been looking at the vintage effects on Exposure 6, which are many, and – like all the effects – are editable via a Lightroom style drop down menu. The original Brighton seagull is back in the archives somewhere.
This is a calotype with a white vignette.
In the tonalities menu there are some interesting exposure variations. This one (‘overexposed more’) produces a high key variation that I really like.
On my last computer, which sadly died of a broken part, I used to have Exposure 2, which worked in conjunction with Photoshop. I began to miss the various grain effects resurrected to replicate black and white film of the past. I have therefore downloaded a trial version of Exposure 6, which is a more advanced beast, and which one can use as a stand-alone programme. This is good because it is too advanced to work with Photoshop CS4 or Adobe Lightroom 4, which I’m currently using.
I like the old fast photographic films which inevitably had some serious grain. My usual choice back in the day was 400 ISO or upwards.
Kodak Tri-X 400
There is a definitely noticeable but not overpowering grain effect on this film and this appears to have been well-reproduced here. I can’t honestly say for certain as it has been a while, but I like the effect which, like all the presets in this programme, are fully editable.
Kodak T-MAX P3200
Going to a little of an extreme, film with an ISO of 3200 is going to have a definitely strong grain. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but is ideal for specific dramatic subject matter.
There are also many other directories of options, for both colour and black and white. The vintage options are excellent and produce infinitely better results than the sort of thing you tend to find on phone apps.
I will be posting more, as I am still exploring the possibilities. I have fifteen days of free trial, so I have time to decide if I want this or not… I’ll let you know.