Film Look Tutorial with Vsco for Weddings

I wish I could shoot all my weddings on film. The texture is just amazing and the dynamic range unmatchable. There is just something about film photography. Unfortunately the cost of shooting film is too high for many of us and the risk of burning a roll for a once in a lifetime event a little bit discouraging. If you are shooting digital but still wish to emulate the film look, one of the best solution I know of is to use Vsco. This plug-in is a collection of presets and camera profiles emulating the film look of your favourites rolls. I know a lot of photographers that think it is just another trend. I personally think it isn’t as long as you use it in a subtle way. As you can see on my portfolio, I mostly use Kodak Portra 400 for colours & TRI-X 400 for B&W.

Here is a quick step by step of my workflow when using Vsco for weddings:

1. Raw/Original image
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2. Enable profile correction/Remove chromatic abberation
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3. Add Vsco filter/Kodak Portra 400
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4. Adjust exposure/contrast
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5. Add vignetting/grain
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6. Adjust shadows/highlights
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7. Add exposure with the spot tool on the faces of the bride & groom
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8. Result
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