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VSCO Film 06 Review - Weddings

 Fuji 400H +1, Canon 5D II, EF 16-35 2.8L

Katrina & Mark's Wedding

My friend Stephen invited me to co-shoot a wedding in late September. After Stephen introduced me to Katrina and Mark I learned that they live just three doors up the street from me. A very small world indeed. It was great to co-shoot with Stephen and nice to get to know my neighbours better :)  

Kodak Tri-X +1, Canon 5D III, EF 85 1.2L II

VSCO Film 06 - The Alternative Process Collection

With the release of VSCO Film 06 I thought I would run through Katrina and Mark's wedding images to see what kind of magic VSCO 06 could add to the mix.

Learn more about VSCO 06 FIlm  

I found out about VSCO Film in early 2013 via Montreal Photographer, Patrick LaRoque, when VSCO 03 was introduced. I have since added and used VSCO 04 and VSCO 05 film packs also. I do not use the presets all the time but find them very handy and they can certainly save time when editing a large number of photos. These presets give you a good starting point and using Lightroom or Photoshop you can tweak the files to your liking. One of my upcoming tasks is to go through the many presets I have and group them into favourites. There are so many now that scrolling through presets can eat up chunks of time, which of course is counter productive. I will get to it I'm sure.  

Fuji 400H +1, Canon 5D III, EF 85 1.2L II

Getting back to the favourites, VSCO Film 06 is no different than the other packs. While most of the presets can be used I have already narrowed it down to a few favourites in 06. The Kodak Porta 160 sticks out as a clear favourite as this point. I have never shot with the actual film but can still appreciate the push / pull options in this pack and find the concept rather fascinating. I found that Porta 160 needs very little tweaking and applies a very pleasant colour palette and slightly desaturated look without overdoing it. 

Kodak Porta 160 +1, Canon 5D III, EF 85 1.2L II

Kodak Porta 160 +1, Canon 5D III, EF 85 1.2L II

Kodak Porta 160 +1, Canon 5D III, EF 85 1.2L II

Another preset I gravitated towards right away was the Fuji 400H with its deeper and more saturated look.  

Fuji 400H +1, Canon 5D II, EF 16-35 2.8L

Fuji 400H +1, Canon 5D III, EF 85 1.2L II

Fuji 400H +1, Canon 5D III, EF 85 1.2L II

Last but not least VSCO Film 06 includes great black and white presets. Ilford HP5 and the classic Kodak Tri-X. I mostly explored Tri-X for this post but the HP5 presets looks interesting as well and I am sure I will use them at a later point. 

Kodak Tri-X, Canon 5D III, EF 85 1.2L II

Kodak Tri-X, Canon 5D III, EF 85 1.2L II

Kodak Tri-X, Canon 5D III, EF 16-35 2.8L

I have not talked about the cross processed presets in this blog post. I much prefer the push pull options but will eventually venture into the cross processed presets which give a bolder, saturated and high contrast look. 

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