I just had to share some recent photos I edited using Mastin Labs’ Ilford B&W Film Pack. Mastin Labs Presets are made by film photographers and are designed for accuracy. Although my journey into photography began with film, it was not long after, digital photography became accessible to the general public. Yes, my first digital camera was an Olympus with an over the top resolution of 2.0 megapixels! (And by the way… it wasn’t cheap!)
Through this amazing journey of learning how to edit my images using Lightroom and Photoshop, I still felt my work was lacking some of the authenticity I craved using film… until I came across Mastin Labs. I have been over the moon working with all three of their film preset packs: Fuji Pro Color Film Pack, Ilford B&W Film Pack and Portra Color Film Pack.
I’m still learning not only how to best use these presets in my post processing but also how to be intentional with my settings while shooting to achieve an excellent outcome for each preset. Fortunately, there is a wealth of amazing resources and help available at the click of your mouse!
Recently, there has been a huge surge in hybrid photography… shooting both film and digital. So having a workflow that allows you to accurately match your images is priceless. (I know I am definitely getting the bug to start shooting film again!)
Now on to the nitty gritty… I had the privilege of photographing my friend’s adorable 5 month old the other day. All I can say is those big, beautiful eyes and contagious smile would make anyone’s heart melt! I photographed Connor indoors with some beautiful window light. I new I wanted these in B&W and was so pleased with how the Ilford B&W Presets came through! I ended up using Pan-F and just loved the rich tones. These particular images were taken with my Canon 5d Mark iii, Canon 50mm f/1.2. My settings were f/1.8, 1/200 sec, iso 200.
If you are a lover of photography and haven’t heard of Mastin Labs, I encourage you to take a look at their amazing presets. Also, Mastin Labs is working on the launch of their new app, Filmborn. Filmborn is a new photography app designed for the future of mobile photography with the history and features of analog photography built into the heart of the app! Um… yes, please! You can sign up for the Filmborn launch here!