Verdict: 10/10 Analog Efex Pro2 goes way beyond most analog photography filters, offering not just film styles, grain effects and borders, but creative vignetting, bokeh, lens blur, lens distortion, double-exposures, motion blur and more to simulate a huge variety of ‘old camera’ looks. There are other good vintage/analog tools out there, but none that go as far as Analog … [Read more...] about Analog Efex Pro 2 review
Film simulation, and why it's popular
Digital imaging has transformed photography, making it quicker, cheaper and more accessible to everyone. But something has been lost, too, and that’s the imperfect, random and fragile nature of film. We can admire digital images for their accuracy and permanence, but film creates an emotional engagement of a different kind.
Film imposes its own character on a scene, prints fade and stain over time, cheap cameras have light leaks and soft lenses that add their own layer of personality to an image. Some might consider these to be irritating and unnecessary imperfections, but for a lot of people they spark memories and associations that add another layer of complexity to an image.
So software that replicates film ‘looks’ is increasingly popular and it’s also possible to create film or analog looks manually once you recognise the characteristics that make them stand out.
DxO PhotoLab can create superb black and white imagery, both in terms of image quality and in creative control, but you need to get the DxO FilmPack 5 Elite add-on to do it. • DxO PhotoLab 2.1 review This does make things more expensive, and it does feel a bit like you’re paying for some things that other programs offer as standard. DxO FilmPack 5 Elite currently costs … [Read more...] about How to get great black and white in DxO PhotoLab… but you’ll need FilmPack 5
Is Capture One now the best RAW converter of all for Fujifilm owners? Phase One has added support for the Fujifilm GFX, launched a new, free Capture One Express Fujifilm app, and Capture One 12 now adds the Fujifilm Film Simulation modes promised at Photokina 2018. Capture One typically applies different processing ‘looks’ using Styles and Presets. Styles use a … [Read more...] about Capture One 12 Fujifilm Film Simulations: how they work
Modern cameras can reproduce the world with utter, clinical accuracy. The trouble is, it turns out that's not what we wanted after all. A lot of the time, what we actually want is the faded, distressed, imperfect look of analog photography. So here are six top tips for getting that analog film effect 'look' with digital images and software. I'm using Analog Efex Pro in the … [Read more...] about 6 tips for getting an authentic analog film effect
I love film. It's what I grew up with, and it's what I made most of my photographic discoveries – and mistakes – with. I love its richness, depth, unpredictability and character. So I'm especially interested in any film simulation software which promises to replicate the look and feel of traditional silver-based films. But I'm also a bit sceptical, because many of the film … [Read more...] about Which film simulation plug-in is best?
Normally, if you want to create any kind of black and white effect with the DxO Nik Collection, you'd go straight to Silver Efex Pro. However, Color Efex Pro has some black and white effects of its own. The effects are different to Silver Efex Pro's, so although the tools aren't quite as sophisticated, you might still be able to achieve some unique 'looks'. There are actually … [Read more...] about Do more with Color Efex Pro’s Old Photo effect
Analog Efex Pro is a brand new addition to the Google Nik Collection, the set of plug-ins for Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom and Aperture that Google took over when it bought out Nik Software. You can find out more at the Google Nik Collection website. I rate this as the best set of plug-ins ever made, and practically a must-have for digital image-editing fans. (Note: The Nik … [Read more...] about How to use the Google Nik Collection Analog Efex Pro Camera Kit
OnOne Software's B&W tool doesn't just create black and white pictures! You can use it to recreate a whole range of delicately-coloured vintage effects too, like this digital version of the gum bichromate process. To be honest, digital versions of old chemical processes do take some liberties with the look and feel of the original technique, and this one is no exception. … [Read more...] about Create a beautiful gum bichromate effect in Perfect B&W
Color Efex Pro 4 doesn't just boast a huge list of great filter effects, it also lets you 'stack' them in combination and then save your own, unique style as a 'Recipe'. Nik Software really pulled out all the stops with Color Efex Pro 4. There were many useful additions and tweaks to the filters, but the really big thing was the new ability to 'stack' filter effects in … [Read more...] about How to create your own processing recipe in Color Efex Pro 4
Photographers are never happy. We couldn't stop complaining about our dirty, faded colour transparencies when they were all we had, and we couldn't wait to swap to nice, clean, everlasting digital images... only now they're the norm, we miss our grubby old transparencies. So I'm going to use Perfect Effects to try to recreate that old transparency look, complete with the … [Read more...] about Create a dirty Kodachrome with Perfect Photo Suite!