Agfa Vista 800 Cool (Image courtesy of VSCO)
The Visual Supply Co, short VSCO, has made it a habit to regularly update their series of film simulation presets for Adobe Lightroom, ACR and Photoshop. What began with Film Pack 01 and a number of then current-production film emulsions such as Fujifilm 400H, Kodak Portra 800 or Ilford HP5+ now comprises a total of five issues that cover both color and b&w negative film emulsions, slide film emulsion and even a couple of Instant films.
With Film Pack 05, VSCO now introduces a set of what they call ‘archetype consumer films’, that is lower-end emulsions that you’d typically find in a huge discount bin in your local supermarket. The collection comprises emulsions such as the classic Kodak Gold 100, the cheap and cheerful Agfa Vista series, and Fujifilm’s legendary Neopan 400, whose death we mourned not long ago.
VSCO Film Pack 05 is now available in the VSCO store for either Lightroom 5 or ACR and Photoshop (CS6 & CC), and is currently on discount. For a limited time–two weeks, to be exactly, until March 11th–you can get the collection at the reduced price of US-$ 89.25. After that, it’ll be back up to its regular price of US-$ 119, just like VSCO’s other products. A detailed description of the contents of each VSCO Film Pack can be found here.
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New cameras often bring with them a bevy of new features that can at times feel overwhelming. Whether it’s swanky built-in Wi-Fi or split-image focusing, there’s a great deal to explore, but the core functions are often the same across cameras. Out of the box, that new camera of yours is set to save images as JPEGs.
If you’re serious about your photography, mosey on over to the menu, and set your camera to save your images as RAW files. For those who don’t know, RAW images have loads more information than JPEGs, and more can be done with them in Lightroom and other editing platforms. JPEGs don’t have that much latitude in post-production. With a RAW file, you can save an image that would otherwise be thrown in the trash. So, setting your camera to RAW straight out-of-the-box means the difference between an image that can be salvaged and one that can’t.
Granted, you’ll have less shots to work with, but you can always buy another SD card.
Over time, many budding portrait photographers often hit a plateau in terms of their shooting style and technique. Their gear bags have the lenses and lighting kit that have brought them success in the capturing aspect of the whole thing. Yet when it comes time to load the images onto the computer and process them, the myriad menus and features can be overwhelming.
Enter Lindsay Adler, a portrait and fashion photographer who learned her way around Photoshop with a very hands-on and experimental approach. Instead of going through the ABCs of each tool as if you would in a college course, she goes over what works for her in the most efficient way possible. With these tips, you can begin to hone your skills by familiarizing yourself with what the basic tools do and know when they will or won’t work for any given image. Instead of being vaguely aware of what every single menu item does, you’ll become more adept at the essential techniques that will take your portraits to the next level.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post by Glenn O. After three years of editorial work overseas as an editor of a photography publication, Glenn Orion now calls Baltimore, Maryland home where he focuses on wedding photography. This post is also brought to you by creativeLive.
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Ever since its introduction, Adobe has had a habit of extending its Photoshop Photography Program again and again. The $10/month Creative Cloud option that gets you a license for both Photoshop and Lightroom was originally available only to those who already had a previous stand-alone Photoshop license. Later in 2013, in a wise move Adobe decided to make the program available to anyone, regardless of whether they were a previous Adobe customer or not.
The latest extension of the Photoshop Photography Program expires March 31st, but we’re not so sure that this is really going to be the end of it. Rather, we have a feeling these deadline extensions are part of Adobe’s marketing plot to get people to sign up for the program, out of fear that prices will rise once the offer expires. We reckon that Adobe will continue to extend the program a couple more times, and ultimately make it an unlimited option. At least that’s what we think they should be doing.
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In October 2013, Max Donovan was sifting through photos from a shoot earlier in the day. The photographer sent him the RAWs of a model that would eventually make the front page. Some fashion designer somewhere made a thing that a bunch of folks said they liked, so this magazine hired this photographer to make it all happen. It was up to Donovan to determine the sequence of photos and how much they would reflect reality. What he did cost him his job.
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Adobe is hoping to get all photographers in the world up to speed on the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom. Once again, the post-processing software giant has extended the availability of its Photoshop Photography Program deal to nab Photoshop CC and Lightroom for $9.99 a month until February 28th. Previously, the deal was set to end on December 8th, before Adobe thought it was a good idea to extend the program to the end of the month. And now it’s back again.
The deal is only open to those who own Photoshop CS3 or a newer variant up to CS6; this includes extended and standard versions, as well as those that were part of a suite. The Photoshop Photography Program grants access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 (plus subsequent updates), 20GBs of cloud storage on Adobe Creative Cloud, and the Behance ProSite to share your work – all for an annual subscription of $9.99 per month.
Via Photography Bay