Indulge your analogue nostalgia with a retro Lightroom plug-in
If you’re a fan of the analogue look, don’t miss our round-up of six film-effect plug-ins for Lightroom
Isn’t it funny how, as camera technology gives us ever-increasing image quality, many people still crave the imperfections of analogue film and the visual character that these bring? Thankfully, you can now get all of the retro flare of film and still retain the convenience of digital photography. As our tutorial on page 82 shows, you can make your own filters to create a grading effect in Capture NX-D. There’s also no shortage of Lightroom plug-ins loaded with filter effects designed to faithfully emulate many of the colour and monochrome film stocks of yesteryear.
Most plug-ins go further, though, incorporating effects to mimic light leaks, cross processing, infra-red looks, and even double exposures. The starting point in each plug-in will usually be selecting one of many preset effects, but all of the apps here will also enable you to fine-tune a preset to create a bespoke look. Expect to find customisation options that’ll tweak everything from grain intensity to adding dust and scratches. But a word of caution: different plug-ins emulate the same film stock in different ways. Which is correct? You decide.