As photographers, we’re always on the lookout for new tools that will make our workflow faster and easier (while making our images look their best), and when we found Mastin Labs’ film presets for Lightroom, specifically Fuji Pro, Ilford B&W and Kodak Portra, we knew we had hit gold!
We downloaded and installed all three, and watched the included Getting Started tutorials Edit Your First Image and Using Tone Profiles that hold your hand and walk you through the presets and how they work.
The presets are incredibly easy to use, and quick to apply. And, we love that they are designed to replicate the films that we have known and loved.
We used several different sessions with multiple lighting scenarios and different tints, and these are a few of our favorites so far:
Fuji 160NS + Highlight Soft (+ increased exposure +1 and adjusted white balance):
We also added their Medium Format grain, which we adore. It’s not as large as 35mm grain and works great for our style.
Portra 800 + Medium format grain (increased exposure +0.40 and adjusted white balance):
Portra 800 + Medium format grain (slightly increased exposure +0.40 and adjusted white balance):
Ilford BW - HP5 Medium Format + Shadow Soft (to lighten the shadows) + Warmtone Paper:
Portra 400 (+increased exposure):
Ilford BW - Delta 3200 Medium Format + Shadow Soft (to lighten shadows):
What we loved most:
- simplicity and ease of use
- beautiful and consistent results
- level of flexibility with adjustments to create a custom look
- affordability and value
- ability to match film stocks, for hybrid shooters
All in all, we are now huge fans and will be continuing to use the Mastin Labs presets for our studio workflow. Our only regret is not trying these sooner!
Are you using Mastin Labs presets? Link us to your images!
Want to check them out? Visit https://mastinlabs.com to learn more.
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