For the Love of Film – Part II
In Part II, in For the Love of Film blog series, we bring you into the studio. I show our set up for creating new Color Film presets for Effects (coming in ON1 Photo 2017.1). If you missed Part I, you can find it here.
Once we raided Jonny’s stash of frozen-in-time film, along with the very few color negative and transparency films we could still get our hands on, it was finally time to go shoot.
We knew right away that we needed a consistent subject in a controlled environment. So we picked up some gear and headed across town to my studio. We started by creating a “lay-down” of vintage photo equipment.
This was our consistent subject matter. We shot this setup with some different digital cameras as well an iPhone. These photos would then be used as the “control” photos when we make the presets.
Then we shot a bracket of the scene, not knowing how the age would affect sensitivity on some of the older films, besides we had 36 frames to use in most cases.
After shooting we sent all of the film to Blue Moon Camera, the last lab in Portland that processes C-41 and E-6 in house. Funny memories stirred up as we crossed our fingers and waited a week to get the film back. Remember the good ol’ days when we had to wait to see our pictures? It brought a few smiles around here that’s for sure.
As luck would have it, some call it skill. I thank Jonny. :) All but one of the rolls of film was in good enough shape to capture our image. Next came scanning all that film. So I dusted off my old Epson scanner, dug up some old software that would still drive the scanner and spent the next three nights scanning the photos.
In the third and final post of our series, For the Love of Fim, I’ll cover the creation of the presets and share some of my favorite photos using these great new presets.