VSCO Recreates Discontinued Fujifilm T64 Tungsten Film

Fans of the popular Film X presets have a new look to experiment with as VSCO has recently dropped the new FT6 preset. 

Looking for a new preset to tinker with on VSCO? Now would be a good time to sign up as a member; the app just dropped their latest Film X preset. Say hello to the FT6, a recreation of Fujifilm’s discontinued Fujichrome T64 tungsten film. If you’re looking for relaxing blue hues and cool tones, this could be a preset to try.

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VSCO Announces Kodak Portra 400NC Film X Preset

Fans of Kodak Portra 400NC may be delighted to find that the popular emulsion’s look is now on VSCO.

Attention, VSCO users! If you’re a fan of the photo editing app’s film simulations, you might want to check out their latest addition. The company just introduced the Kodak Portra 400NC (KP5) preset for those who want to give their digital snaps the dreamy natural tones of the popular film.

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VSCO and iPhone Don’t Replace Film, and This is Why

Shooting with film is a personal experience, and it’s nothing VSCO and other film emulators and smartphones can ever replace.

With life going on faster than I would have preferred, I often find myself turning to my iPhone SE and VSCO in the hopes of squeezing in a bit of photography practice in between commutes, ideation meetings, video shoots, and actual writing for work. I mostly use my iPhone because it and I are attached at the hip so it literally takes just a second for me to snap a photo of whatever tickles my fancy anytime. And to me, VSCO is the best in emulating that grainy, washed-out film look that I prefer over the sharpness of digital. I’ve tried lots of different apps over the years and I just find myself going back to it.

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The Six Best iPhone Photography Apps for the Serious Photographer

This is a syndicated blog post from Resource Magazine. It is being republished here with permission.

iPhone’s camera software grows more and more advanced with each updated edition, with many photographers choosing to use their phone as their primary means of shooting. While the built-in camera may be incredibly effective in getting you the shot you want, oftentimes the use of a third-party app can further enhance your photo experience, giving you more control over your final product. Apple’s app store has hundreds of apps for this exact purpose, but sifting through them all for one that works best is tedious—and so, here’s the six best photography app for the iPhone.

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VSCO Introduces New Borders Tool for VSCO X Members

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If you’ve been manually editing colored borders to your photos before uploading them to Instagram (or anywhere else), here’s something up your alley. VSCO has just introduced their new Borders tool, which you can exclusively access if you’ve signed up for VSCO X membership.

Existing users who love playing with color combinations and framing their images with colors will especially find the new Borders tool enticing. If full access to the app’s complete preset library, enhanced editing tools, film emulation technology, and curated content weren’t enough to get you to sign up for a VSCO X membership, this new tool (as well as early access to upcoming features) might interest you enough to start a free 7-day trial. If you find you like the full selection of presets and features, the membership will cost you $19.99 per year.

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Film Review: Lomography Color Negative 400 (35mm and 120)

Lomography Color Negative 400 is one of those alternative color films that unfortunately isn’t spoken about enough. And for some of us, that’s perfectly fine. I’m okay with all the haters of Lomography refusing to understand what the company is doing and saving more film for me. Walking into the West Village store in NYC to be greeted warmly by the employees and always having the ability to buy some simply makes me happier. And all the folks who only shoot digital and only care about shooting digital can keep doing so. They’ll never understand the awesome secret that the rest of us know that is ironically being published on one of the biggest indie photo blogs on the web.

That’s all just fine.

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Review: VSCO Mobile Presets for Lightroom

Arguably, VSCO’s mobile presets are perhaps the most popular options as opposed to the company’s film packs. Perhaps that’s why they brought them to Adobe Lightroom recently. The presets are a number of the company’s best products and have been casually slapped onto images all across the web for years now. But for a while, the company seemed to target the film presets at the desktop based crowd via Lightroom and the mobile presets at perhaps the less serious crowd via the phone. Years have gone by and now we’re starting to see the worlds sort of crash into one another.

So if you’re a VSCO preset user and you’re a big fan of the app on your phone, you may be blown away by this.

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Rejoice! RNI All Films 4 Lite Finally Comes to Capture One

RNI Films told us that this day was coming a while ago, and finally we’ve got the news: RNI All Films 4 Lite is finally here for Capture One. The preset package was previously only available for Photoshop and Lightroom but we’ve finally got it for Capture One–which more and more photographers have been picking up due to frustration with how Lightroom’s processing algorithms and sloth-like speed have been letting them down. For those only aware of VSCO and Mastin, RNI Films basically is another set of presets but based on science and a massive archive of images.

This package offers 39 presets for photographers and that list is after the jump.

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How to Get Your Adobe Lightroom Presets into Lightroom Mobile

One of the biggest problems with Adobe Lightroom Mobile is the fact that you can’t import your desktop presets into the mobile app. So that means that if you’re using a lot of VSCO, Mastin or other presets then you’ll need to edit the image on your computer. Well, that may be the way to get the best results but the folks over at Who Shot the Photographer’s YouTube channel figured out a workaround. It isn’t the simplest route of getting it all done, but it surely is effective.

And to be honest, it’s pretty smart.

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Is VSCO the New Instagram for Photographers?

If you’re a photographer and you’ve been using Instagram for a long time, then you’re probably sick of it unless you’re in the very small percentage of folks who are actual photographers and not something else. What do I mean by that? It’s no secret that the biggest accounts aren’t those of actual photographers. Instead, Instagram is just a portal to the lives of other people. It isn’t really about the photography, but there are platforms that are.

Arguably, the most famous of these is VSCO.

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VSCO Teases New Features Coming to Their App

If you’re a VSCO user, then you should be aware that a number of new changes are coming to the app soon. The company released a video, which is after the jump, noting a number of big new gestures that will dominate how the app works. Essentially, it’s going to take some muscle memory to figure it all out.

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Hang on a Minute Before You Upload that Photograph

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With the instantaneous nature of today’s hyper-connected world, it seems that images only matter if they’re online. Instagram sees uploads on the order of the tens of millions on a daily basis. When you consider every other platform for sharing images, that number is considerably higher.

For the longest time, uploading a photograph quickly after taking it was nearly reflexive for me. It was rush to get it into VSCO, export it, craft the perfect caption and upload it, and the photograph held my attention for as long as it continued to receive love.

Once it ended, it was on to the next one. It’s more often the case now that I wrestle with uploading an image. Occasionally, I’ll be at the cusp of uploading when my better judgment kicks in, and I close out of the app, relegating the photograph to an unseen life, at least for a while.

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Leo Martinez Captures Duality in Chihuahua

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Cities are microcosms of culture, history, tradition and art, and they often make for very fine photographs. For Leo Martinez, that city has been Chihuahua, the capital of the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, and it’s one that hasn’t lost its history. Martinez sought to capture the essence of the place, the traditions that are very much alive, the modern sensibilities that can occasionally eclipse those traditions and more. His work caught the attention of VSCO, and he earned a grant from the company’s Artist Initiative. Here, he talks about how he goes about capturing what makes Chihuahua Chihuahua, the inherent challenges of street photography and more.

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Scott Turner Lives With and Photographs the Kyrgyz People

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All photographs are copyrighted by Scott Turner and are being used with permission.

Building trust is essential to any documentary project, and it’s something that can take time. In the course of traveling through Asia, American photographer Scott Turner found himself in Kyrgyzstan and stayed there because “there’s a certain pulse to life” that he hasn’t found anywhere else. So, he lived and worked with them in the beautifully vast grassy fields, and he found that the more time he spent with them, the closer he got.

Robert Capa’s famous adage, “If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” is twofold. There’s a physical proximity that’s necessary as well as an emotional proximity, and the closer you are emotionally, the better your photos will be. Scott’s managed to achieve both, and with a grant from VSCO’s Artist Initiative, he’s been able to work on this project long-term. Here, he shares his insights, the story behind the project, and some of the necessary considerations for working on a project like this in a remote location.

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Yumna Al-Arashi Shines a Light on Migrant Workers in the UAE

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All images are copyrighted Yumna Al-Arashi, and are being used with permission.

Access isn’t always a guarantee when it comes to documentary projects. For documentary photographer Yumna Al-Arashi, she had to take a roundabout way to get into the labor camps in the United Arab Emirates where migrant workers toiled away day after day. The stark divide between their plight and the rest of society there had a substantial impact on Al-Arashi, and with her camera, she set out to tell their story. Her project attracted VSCO’s attention, and with a grant from the company’s Artist Initiative, she took her project further by photographing the men in a studio setting in the same way she’d take on a fashion shoot.

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Useful Photography Tip #146: Creating Vintage Filter Effects With Lightroom’s Split Toning

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Adobe Lightroom has a little section that is most likely ignored by so many of you. It’s called the Split Toning panel. If you’re a concert photographer dealing with some crazy mixed lighting situations and you want to neutralize the problem, you can use this section and specific application of color theory knowledge to fix it. But by setting the highlights to one color at one end of the spectrum and the shadows to another color, dialing the saturation for each to an equal amount, then playing with the balance you can create similar vintage filter effects to what Instagram, VSCO, EyeEm and others will offer you.

For example, setting the highlights to a degree of blue and the shadows to a degree or orange, cranking the saturation of each to 32, and then messing with the balance between highlights and shadows you can create looks similar to that rendered from Instant film like that from Fujifilm’s Instant 100-C peel apart film.

Alternatively, you can invert the hues for the highlights and shadows then change the balance to be more skewed to the shadows. This will give you a much different look and effect closer to a very soft contrast film if you raise the exposure levels just a tad.

Again though, this is something that you’ll have to experiment with and try for to get the “best results” for you. While some love the extreme filter look, others prefer to dial theirs back to a very conservative amount. But consider this the next time you want to render these looks in an organic way and without destroying the sharpness of the image.

VSCO Adds Localized Language Support to VSCO Cam

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When you use VSCO Cam, chances are you don’t really pay attention to the words. Once you know where the various sections are, it becomes muscle memory. It’s telling that in the editing suite, you see icons first before you see the text label (Exposure, Contrast, Sharpness and so on). Initially, VSCO Cam heavily relied on those icons to get the point across as it was, and is, a visually-oriented app, but as the app and its ecosystem grew, it needed to have more text. All of that text to date has been in English, which can be rough going for many of the app’s users, 80% of which are outside of the United States.

With that in mind, VSCO Cam is introducing localized support for iOS. Support for Android is on its way in several weeks. The initial rollout is small, but considerable with support for 10 languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. These ten (Chinese counts for two) are just the start. The plan is to have as wide a reach as possible. The Android update will bring those ten as well as Dutch, Italian Malay, and Thai.

The iOS update is available today.