So as mentioned in my last article, I purchased some film emulation software. Specifically DxO Filmpack 4. I’d been looking for some emulation software for a while but it really is a thing where you need to see it in action before plunking down your money. This software has some of my favorite film looks from Agfa, Fuji Ilford, Kodak, Polaroid and even Rollei.
Now while I don’t really miss film as part of my shooting workload, I do miss some of the grain and texture, celluloid imparts to an image. Plus I’d just scanned a bunch of old family photos into the computer and I was pretty amazed at how shitty some of those prints really were for image quality. Partly because of the poor optics of most Instamatic cameras, not to mention some of the crazy film configurations that went into those cameras. As cumbersome as 35mm was, it was still pretty simple to load and shoot with.
But the DxO software allows me to play with the output image and build in texture and grain, noise essentially. After all, it’s the signal through the noise that makes the signal interesting in the first place.
I’m looking forward to playing around with this software a bit to see how far I can push some of my images.
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