I've never been a big fan of presets for processing photographs; instead preferring to take care of things from scratch. So I was a little hesitant to try VSCO's newest set of film presets for Lightroom 4/5 called "VSCO Film 06". They're not cheap, but they were having a sale to celebrate the new release and I decided to take the plunge.
I pulled a collection of images from my previously processed archive and started to play around. I also read though the "VSCO Film Manual" that was provided with the presets and found it quite useful. It's full of the glossary of terms used in the presets and also provided some helpful processing tips and workflow ideas. One thing I've found when processing photographs is that it's better to think about the mood or feeling you want to instill in the viewer than to focus on technical aspects of the photo. What do I mean? Well, you should focus on things like white balance, shadows, toning, highlights, and subject; not on things like sharpening, perfect white balance, cloning, healing, etc. You're going for Mood! So try to feel your way through the editing.
That's what I did with these photos. I wanted to leave the viewer with that feeling of a back yard picnic at Grandma's place. So I poked around the presets until I found one I that appealed to me and reflected the right mood. I applied it and then made minor adjustments from there. From a step by step perspective it's pretty straight forward; here's what I did:
- Imported the original raw file in Lightroom 5.
- Used the Lightroom RESET function to clear any previous settings
- Selected Sensia100XP+++
- Then I used the Highlight Save+ and Shadow Save+ to make minor adjustments.
- Finally I used the Vignette preset to add that final touch.
That's it. Very simple & easy.
Drop me a note if you have any personal experience with VSCO Film 06 or any other VSCO Preset products. Or if you would like to share some of the images you've processed.
For some background on Sensia 100 you can check out Fuji Films on Wikipedia.