I just got this idea from the "what film do you prefer thread?" I was curious to see what other people like to use for their digital workflow. I really enjoy using Agfapan 100, 25, 400, and IIford Delta 100, 3200, 400 and 400 pro. The Kodak Tmax 100 and 400 as well as Tri-X 400 are great presets as well. You can really get black and whites similar to film I find. The Velvia and kodachrome digital presets are far too saturated though. Anyone on this forum have their own favs? Presets are great also because you can adjust them and make them your own too.
Fav Film Presets for digital workflow. Ie: IIford Delta 400 Pro(6 posts) (4 voices)
Presets? What software are you referring to kanuck?
I presume you are talking about presets for Lightroom? What site did you find them on?
I have some Ansel Adams presets, they leave the images looking flat as a ducks instep. I'm not very happy with them.
Film presets are really a silly idea, considering the whole appeal of film is each emulsions flexibility. There is no characteristic look of a film beyond its inherent contrast curve or grain structure, and even those are easily changed via exposure/development/printing.
More grain? increase agitation and use a active developer like acufine or a print developer like dektol. Less grain? use a fine grain developer like perceptol and over expose slightly. more contrast? underexpose and increase development, grade up in printing. less contrast? over expose by a stop or two, less agitation, use and inherently low activity developer like diafine or sprint standard.
I have rolls of the same emulsion that look completely unique to each other. If I want big grain and gritty contrast, it's tri-x at 1600 or 3200 in Rodinal 1+50, if I want ultra smooth, it's ilford pan f+ at 25 or 50 in diluted perceptol. Similarily, if I want grainy and gritty during the day, it's Ilford pan f+ at 100 in rodinal 1+25, or if I want smooth with a fast film, it's delta 400 @ 800 or 1250 in D76 1+1.
film presets may cover a single possibility for a film, but no one is going to think that the photograph was shot on film just because a tri-x film preset was used. anyone who knows anything about film can make tri-x, or any other emulsion look however they want it to look. I shoot it at 200 and process with minimal agitation in d76 stock for edge effects and lessened grain, or I shoot it at 6400 and process it in rodinal 1+25 for golfball grain.
take into account the paper you print on (I personally like the Ilford multigrade warmtone stuff a lot), as well as your print developer and contrast filtering.
Oops yes of course I'm talking about presets for Lightroom or photoshop of course. I forgot to add that in there! Presets for film as Chris Lange mentioned wouldn't make a lot of sense. I have never heard of Ansel Adams presets thats interesting. Probably alot of dodging and burning in the presets I'd imagine? Dark skies, lighter forgrounds? Similar to HDR stuff.
Treckie, you mentiond that these presets leave your image flat? Thats true a lot of presets I don't like either but you can adjust them to your liking. I love the Trimax black and white presets. Black and white presets seem better than color ones. Nikon rumors has the new Beta Lightroom D700/D3 presets now. Do a google search and you'll find a list of presets even for your specific camera. You can also calibrate your camera in lightroom and then use this setting as a preset for your shots as well.
Thanks Kanuck, I'll search for the presets. For clarification, I assume you are talking about presets for the camera calibration and not the development user presets?
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