This was legit. I couldn’t believe how easily I could get true, real film looks from my Canon 5D MarkII files. I’ve tried before to create my own “film” look from my digital files, but let’s be honest. I never “nailed” it. Well now I can nail it with one click. It’s ridiculous just how easy it is for me now.

Below is my first serious use of VSCO Film. Most of these shots are from a shoot I did just days ago of my friend and country artist, Laura Bell Bundy. I shot the album artwork for Laura Bell’s upcoming album the day before this shoot below. But we wanted to do another more intimate, honest photoshoot in Malibu. I figured VSCO Film would be the perfect editing solution for these photos cause Laura Bell wanted a vintage “Marilyn Monroe Beach” vibe.  Boy, was I right. I absolutely love the final outcome below. I will now be using VSCO Film a LOT more from this point forward.

I also snuck in some recent shots of Jill Wagner (from ABC’s “Wipeout”) and my friend Ryan O’Neal from Sleepingatlast.

Visit their site to learn more about Visual Supply Company and VSCO Film. You won’t be disappointed.

Happy New Year!

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14 comments
OlegLukyanov
OlegLukyanov

Great photos!

I like vsсо, but reallyniceimages.com presets do the job better for half of their price (not ad, just IMHO).

OlegLukyanov
OlegLukyanov

Great photos!

I like vsсо, but reallyniceimages.com presets do the job better for half of their price (not ad, just IMHO).

Lauren Burlon
Lauren Burlon

Nice photographs! definitelly VSCO is a great tool, but bit overpriced in my opinion, instead I use actions from film-effect-photoshop.com having same color quality and, in addition, real film grain applied by patterns, not with PS-LR native noise

Mc Douglas
Mc Douglas

Love them. Also recommend film presets from www.reallyniceimages.com. In addition they have really great vintage kodachrome and rollei digibase to use in Lightroom.

Mc Douglas
Mc Douglas

Love them. Also recommend film presets from www.reallyniceimages.com. In addition they have really great vintage kodachrome and rollei digibase to use in lightroom.

Mc Douglas
Mc Douglas

Love them. Also recommend film presets from www.reallyniceimages.com. In addition they have really great vintage kodachrome and rollei digibase to use in lightroom.

meaganalexi
meaganalexi

wow, such beautiful images. What is the light source? It looks natural for many of the beach shots. the film presets look amazing on these pictures. What program does the VSCO film work for? 

Paul Bohman
Paul Bohman

I have VSCO film too, and it does a reasonably good job of emulating some aspects of film. I like it, even though it isn't quite like the real thing. Real film holds highlight detail way better than digital still, and there's no way to get back the blown highlights in digital files no matter what software tool you use, including VSCO. It's still a good product, but it's not film. The presets you chose, Jeremy, don't look anything like freshly scanned film to me. You've desaturated the colors, turned down the contrast, and darkened the images, while adding an exaggerated amount of grain. Only ISO 3200 film comes close to that amount of grain. Maybe you're going for a certain look, but to me it's kind of a caricature of real film that looks a lot more digital than analog. Here are a few blog entries of my own about using film: http://www.paulbohman.com/blog/category/film-photography/ If you scroll down to the entries about the portraits of Ania with my RZ67 camera, there are some high resolution crops of film scans. Anyway, your work is good, and I appreciate VSCO film also, but you have to shoot with film emulation in mind to use it properly, which usually means underexposing slightly, to make sure the highlights contain plenty of tonality and detail, and then boosting the lower values back up to the correct exposure. Not all digital cameras can handle that kind of manipulation without turning the darker areas into low-color, high-noise blocky smudges. The Nikon D7000 has fantastic dynamic range, as does the new D800, so this technique works well with those cameras. But really, the best way to get the look of film is to shoot film. Nothing compares to high quality scans of real film.

Jon Chema
Jon Chema

Jeremy have you ever used the Alien Skin product called "Exposure"? I've found it does a fantastic job as well although this looks incredibly simple. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

Bob McKerrell
Bob McKerrell

Hey I bought these presets and my pictures don't look like yours....Just kidding.. Cool stuff. Your work is awesome!

adam barnes
adam barnes

they are all so wonderful... but that shot of Jill Wagner left me speechless... love everything about it...

Ivan N
Ivan N

Hey Jeremy. Was wondering if you had any advise for someone who wants to take model or celebrity photographs but doesn't have a studio or assistants or anything. I know some aspiring models that want me to take their photos, so if you have any advice in this area so I don't seem like a shmuck who doesn't have a clue what I'm doing. I want to be able to give them some good shots for their portfolio just as much as I want to have some for mine. I've never had to give direction on that kind of shoot and I don't want to seem too inexperienced even though I am. :)

Briony Skerjance
Briony Skerjance

I bought these right before I attended your Lifefinder tour in Atlanta. I instantly fell in love. I had always admired Jonas Peterson's processing and did my best to come up with my own film look but never landed on anything remotely close. These beauties not only look gorgeous but they cut down production time in a major way. Definitely a great tool for any digital photographer wanting to get that authentic film look. Also I just wanted to say, beautiful job on your shoot with Laura. What an awesome location.

Jeremiah Daniel Spray
Jeremiah Daniel Spray

I can't get over how awesome these are each time I use them. I had just bought them right before Rachel and I attended your Lifefinder tour in Seattle. So glad to hear that you used them haha I was only editing really in Photoshop before I found these, but they finally get me the look I've wanted for a long time, but never seemed to be able to hit. Less time editing more time shooting and thinking. :) Me happy Photographer:)

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