Retro plug-ins

In­dulge your ana­logue nostal­gia with a retro Light­room plug-in

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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.

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