Good exposed images shot in good light is what makes a good image, not the processing. Well actually I do edit my images. I was interested in VSCO film since it was released in 2011. Honestly I didn’t pay them much attention but recently I found myself using their presets in most of my editing, I rarely even open photoshop these days.
Normally I used to create my own presets for Lightroom and Photoshop but VSCO actually has helped me speed up my processing immensely or I became more lazy. I generally don’t have to work my images at all after I’ve applied one of the presets.
VSCO Film are presets for Lightroom and Photoshop. The packs have a number of presets made to mimic different film stocks. I use three packs, which presets I use generally depends on the shooting and the feelings I want to transmit, but I rarely use more than one colour and one black and white preset per wedding or shoot.
As for me, I downloaded Pack 1 who has the most classic looks, pack 2 with a few more dramatic looks and pack 3 which look like instant film (polaroid). I applied a few filters to a few images to test it out and I like what I see for now. Many of us spend so much time trying to process our images to look like film, and for those I highly suggest that you take a look at VSCO Film. The bad news is that they do not offer a trial…
– faster processing: as I mentioned above, my post time on an average wedding dropped from 5-6 hours to 2-3. Ten points for more time living not in front of the computer.
– consistent look: to all our work. since we’re using the same presets for all of our images, there is a visual continuity to our body of work.
– thinking like a film shooter: just like with film, with VSCO FILM you quickly learn your favorite films and learn which ones apply best in certain situations.
– Standard or personalized: while you can use the standard presets and still delivering an amazing image for your clients, there are a lot of options in the supplied toolkit to fine tune and customize your results.
– Huge array of different looks: applying them very quickly and consistently without judgment can spoil the results.
– Photo editing: is no substitute for photography technique.
– They are expensive: no trial versions and no refunds.
In terms of preset packages – my feelings are that most are not worthwhile – either for Aperture or Lightroom. VSCO is probably the only one out there that I think is at all worthwhile… well for the moment.