Start Analog, Finish Digital

Film and laptops actually make great companions. So even if a shot starts out on Fjuicolor, that doesn't mean that you can't have fun with it in Photoshop, Lightroom, Photos, or Capture One Pro. 

"Blue Wall and Ducts" - Pentax ZX-60 with Pentax-FA 28-90mm zoom on Fujicolor 200 expired film. Image played with in Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC. Picture by Derrick Story.

I discovered this shot while exploring a construction zone on my bike. I liked how the metallic duct components looked against the blue wall. Unfortunately, when the film came back from the lab, the colors weren't exactly want I was hoping for. So I started playing with the picture in Capture One, then moved it over to Photoshop.

Once I got the color right, I kept going. I decided that enhancing the grain pattern of the film and pushing to tonal range to more of a graphic look pleased my eye.

Some film purists would rail against this type of post production.  But I like the look. And it was easy to create having started with film and its wonderful grain pattern and tonal structure. 

There are analog captures that I never adjust in any way. Then there are those, such as this one, where the film inspired my to have some fun with it. It all depends on the shot.


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