When I was in high school I really wanted to take photography classes. Due to LDS Seminary, orchestra, yearbook and choir all of my elective credits were used. Since I couldn’t take photography classes, I thought I would teach myself. I used an old camera my grandpa gave me and converted my parent’s cold storage into a dark lab. I learned how to develop my own film. I spent a lot of money buying developers, lights, thermometers, chemicals and spending countless hours at the Logan City library reading about developing film.
After spending way more money than I could really justify (read: ALL of my money) on film photography I switched to digital. Over the last couple of years I’ve fallen in love with Jonathan Canlas’ Photography and Film Is Not Dead Guide. At some really near future point I would love to resurrect my photography film roots. Film has beautiful tones and color that I thought could never be recreated. Then I was introduced to VSCO film and I was proven wrong. In my opinion, true film is the creme de la creme. VSCO film is a great substitute for a digital photographer. VSCO film are beautifully created film emulation presets for Light Room or ACR. They are customized whether you are a Nikon or Cannon shoot and will read your color profiles accordingly. For each film preset you can customize and layer the grain, fading, toning, contrast and more. I highly recommend you give it a try. The results are beautiful!