How to get that film look/appearance on your mobile photos

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“How to get that film look/appearance on your mobile photos” by Matt Glastonbury, accomplished Mobile Photographer, providing great tutorials and App reviews. Matt is an independent blogger who acts as a Contributing Editor to Ink361. (Add Matt on Google Plus) A new version of VSCO Cam app has recently been released, bringing with it a, new, high quality, filtering, and image manipulation tool-set. The app itself is free, and comes with an already great range of filters/presets, but an additional 48 presets can be added through in-app purchases, making it easier for those wanting different moods for their images. Here, I’ve added two iPhone photo, before-and-after, shots, to show you the result of tweaking VSCO Cam’s terrific tools.

Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on how I achieved the flow photo results.

Step 1: Take your photo with, or Import into, VSCO Cam. Try choosing the different presets available. For the film affects, here, I used T1.

Step 2: Reduced Exposure -1. This was done to reduce overall brightness and improve contrast levels.

Step 3: Increased the Temperature +2. Depending on your image, increasing the temperature can often give a warmer feel. Be careful, though, not to make your blue skies green.

Step 4: Reduced Contrast -1. In combination with Step 2, this helps to make the tonal differences between, black, and white, less extreme. Step 5: Increased the Shadows +7. This is the last part of assisting Steps 2, and 4, to so make the image feel smoother and display more detail in the darker areas. Frame 6: The resulting image. Concluding.. Photos appearing to have a film-type finish on them can certainly bring about a lovely mood and feel to your captures, and as you can see here, it’s not too difficult to achieve. Tip: Another great app that has lovely film layering is PicFX.


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