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Editing in Lightroom: How to Emulate Film

teacher avatar Frank Lin, Photographer

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5 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project

    • 3. Characteristics of Film

    • 4. Editing in Lightroom

    • 5. Closing

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It has become quite popular for photographers to try edit their photos to have a vintage film look. In this class you will learn how to use lightroom to create a film look with your digital photos.

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Frank Lin



Photographer based in the Cayman Islands

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1. Introduction: Hi. My name is Frank. I'm a photographer from Cape Town, South Africa. It has become quite popular for photographers to edit their photos to have advantage looking feel awful. Each top of form has its own characteristics, such as the amount of grain color saturation on the speed. So in the scale, shake lost. I'm gonna teach you about how filmworks Andi truly understanding form. Because once you really understand form, you'll know how, what characteristics or what effects to adult your digital photos to emulate the look and feel in this class, I'll show you how I use like room to edit photos to make him look and feel like full. 2. Project: So for this project, I want you to take a photo you shot with a digital camera and process that using life room or any other everything's after. You have to try and emulate full. So in the project section, I want you to post a before and after image off the photo you edited with a description off what sort of grain and what sort of color saturation you're trying to go for in your editing process. 3. Characteristics of Film: I'm standing for. So to be able to emulate form on the digital format, you really have to understand how awful actually works with film. There's a few characteristics 1st 1 being great. Different films. Dogs have different amounts of grain. This is not the same as shooting at high, I suppose, with your digital camera, where it just becomes noisy noise and grain very to two different things. Grain is I can't have whereas noise it takes away from the image quality. It's a professional graded phone will have much finer grain. For example, this is correct Guitar 100. The spoon will have much finer green, whereas if you shooting with much cheaper phones that you could Gridley find at your pharmacy, such as uniforms, period, thats form is the grain is a lot more prominent on. And if you're doing this for much more professional work, you wouldn't use these sort of old. But they are cheaper and much easier to get hold of. The next thing time stand about full is that form has a much higher dynamic range compared to a digital camera. This is what it's very important to shoot in roll form. Yet because in order to get your high dynamic range of digital photo, you even have to merge two photos together with different explosions. But if you're shooting and roll this to capture all the information sheet of light. So this where you can post process that and give it a little dynamic range, which is quite crucial to emulating for final thing about full is the color and saturation . Um, for example, Ecto 100 for it has a very red tone when you take photos with us. So it's not the best for portrait as the color comes out of a different to what you actually see, whereas forms like. So if the X this is black and white film, so whatever you shoot will come out in black and white. And then also you get Fujifilm Superior, which is a very saturated full. So, if you shooting, for example, landscape shin, you want very saturates colors. New photos. You use films such as Fuji Found Superior, but these are three things I'll be talking about when I walk through how I hated photos using light room 4. Editing in Lightroom: Okay, so now we are in likely amusing lack room version or lack from CC. The 2015 version. Yeah. Okay, so let's start. I'm sure you how to turn this image right here. Uh, this is shot and roll to this image, which I've used to emulate. Our phone looks right. So to start things off, we will take your wrong image, get so with raw, depending on what lends you shot. It keeps information about Portland's and then lack room. It allows you to fix the lens profile correction. So this is basically when you're lends soldiers well, that makes a circular form with your image. Look, look, you'll see as things like like this. See the venue ting on the edges goes away, and then the image is like it's flattened out to what it should look like. It also add remove some chromatic aberration just to make sure that sometimes this lens does give you something that just make sure goes away. That's just basically, when you go here when you zoom in like a little bit of color fringing depending on that. So that's it? Um, no. Si done differences. The color. So first things first thing we'll do is we'll correct exposure feel like this is pretty set up correctly. So my before my woman quite happy with exposure one a little bit brighter. So go about their So at about, like 30 right? So the type of fun I'm trying to emulate will be a more contrast e more warmer, colored full. So this will come into play when I go through all of these edits. Yeah. So, as I said, I wanted slightly more contrast, So increase the contrast a little bit right now. And as I've mentioned before, foam has a much higher dynamic range. So that means most of your shadows will be back and most of your highlights come down. So the easiest way to do that is to drop your highlights too. But looks 40 increase the shadows, maybe not as much. Then drop your wife's a bit on, then increase the blacks attack. Okay, so basically, this helps create the high dynamic range that form creates because I want this film to be a more contrast e and flatter, not saturates for so I will increase vibrates a little bit just to make sure the character of the color comes through, but I'll drop by saturation just so it's amore flatter image. But it's still the color still there, but just a little bit more flat, which is hard. Some form took did the next thing I'll Do you head, it is the turncoat. So this is where most off the magic happened. So I'd like to set these anchor points along these lines off the turncoat. So the first thing you will notice is you see, with this full marriage that there's a slight natural fade across the entire image. So how this is achieved these with the tone curve. Basically, you bring up the bottom, and so this crescent your blacks and makes your backwards all the black of on screen. They see a slight gray. It's then that you see here it's a you'll see. It's a little fade, so that's what it actually does. You do the same the highlights just to make sure none of it goes crazy. And then he had this control your shadows and because I want a very contrast the phone, I'm gonna pull that down to create this big contrast Xena. It contrasts quite a lot with the shadows here along signal meal with the very bright white sky and then on the highlights to come on a little bit more to so Then I pushed the turn of up to this creates his s shape. But the main thing to have that phone fade is this right here, the bottom here on the top here. So if you decrease that so if you push up, push up blacks and you pull down the whites. Yeah, so, So far got that on. Next would be right. So the next one. Okay, so my life from automatic, a little shopping. Let's see how that looks. Okay, A little bit of shopping there, but the next one would be your now is the grain when the moment main characteristics about film is grain. So with this form track, if you look through here, you see, there's this grain pattern throughout this whole image. Look around you. So even though this grain you can still see, it's a pretty sharp image were like all the edges along the mountain is quite defined. So for this one, I'm gonna add some grain at about like 40 so I'd like some grand image, but not too much to make a too grainy. But the T two. Yeah. Okay. So happy. That increases size of the grant. About 40. So right now you have a very phone looking image. And then the last thing I want to do is, as I mentioned, I want to slightly warmer colored form. So this is usually like Kodak. Gold or colored lasts depending which one you confined, like shooting those forms stocks. So with his image, I like recreating that too. So I'm just gonna make that slightly warmer and there that's most of it. But Los Final Thing will be at its in your hue, saturation and luminous. So what I do here is Hughes keep that about the same because I don't want any of the colors to go completely off. But I do want slack, even orange. So for this, I will drop saturation a bit on most most of colors, sir. Green blue gente, purple, magenta. But I'd push up first orange and the yellow a little bit with a tiny bit of green, actually last green, just to make sure it doesn't don't bring the green dollars just so it doesn't look like this ground. Do you see on its Yeah. So what have you? And the next thing is luminous. This is basically how much the colors or a certain color clothes. Um, where do this limits? Usually it's how I look at the image, and I see over here these rocks, this rocky partier, it's a little dull, so all the yellow looks a bit dull. So what you do is, you click on this tool. Um, this helps you to, like, spot spotted it. What color did so here? You see a click on the rocks, Then we'll see what here. Highlights Which colors it. Look what you did it looking right here how my luminess is changing. So you click in your drag your mouse apple down, so I'm checking out just in the glow of it, just so that, like, there's a little bit brighter. It was a little too bright on Brighton sky a little bit as well. So I kick you to here. I use luminess. Kind of picked a needless parents color. I said, That's how we have it. I see it doesn't do human, So that's how I like the image and then I feel OK. It's still a little bit into exposed. So I just pushed the exposure on there. So that's how I edit my photos to look like for So just a quick recap of the most important things is Get a Jewish highlights. Shadows, your wives and your blacks. Um, he do it this way where you bring down your highlights and you push up the shadows a little bit. This it is to give the higher dynamic range that form gives compared to digital photos. And then I pulled on saturation little bit. This is because how the film I want emulate it has a slightly less saturated color on the tone curve, So pushing up the bottom will give you that fade. And if you bring down the top just like make sure the highlights are blown out, Andi Lastly, it would be the color lastly, with color until slightly warmer color. So this is why saturation of yellow and orange is pushed up a little bit. Ridge. Okay, there's not so much red in this image. Why doesn't really matter to me? But you push up the colors that you'd want to see if you want colder. I could call the toning image you push up your green, your blues Akwa and a little bit of a Purple Navy. And then it all depends on the top of for me. One emulate so I'd like, is to be more of a warmer colored form. That's why I've done this. And then, lastly would be your green so they keep. The main characteristic off form is great, so don't overdo for great, because if you do too much, they make just looks like it's been shot on on a really old software or really, really, really bad form. So don't overdo that, but run 30 that I think is a fair medium. And then, yeah, you'll see, as mentioned full. The roughness is how prominent the phone kind of shows up to see when it's at. But like seven, this fine this would be This would be interpreted as fine grain. So as I mentioned earlier with the ECTO 100 as being a professionally great phone, the grand would be quite small and find or and then as increasing can draw for. And that's usually characteristics of cheaper form or phone pushed up to very high, Isis. So defaults 50 on. I'm happy with that. So is the phone, but 40 on the mount got the team. That's where I'd like to keep it. So yeah, This is how I've turned this image into this one, which looks like from 5. Closing: All right. So now you know how I ended photos to have the look and feel awful. And if you really like the style of editing, one thing I do recommend is to go out and grab a phone camera and a roll of film and trust you in with that Because shooting with digital camera and editing it's to a plateful just does not quite match up to the real thing off shooting with full. Uh, it's quite a great experience. I definitely recommend that. But otherwise, if this is the best way you can shoot film. Oh, it's too busy. Too difficult to find a place to develop your phone. Just keep shooting digital. You know how to edit them now, just