5 Ways to Get the Film Look From a Digital Camera

Film is enjoying an extended resurgence in popularity at the moment, but many of us do not own a film camera or wish to spend the money that goes into buying and developing film. However, with a bit of technique and know-how, you can get a pretty reasonable approximation using a digital photo. This excellent video tutorial will show you five different ways to do that. 

Coming to you from Leigh & Raymond Photography, this great video tutorial will show you five different ways to edit an image to create the film look. While shooting with the real thing can be a ton of fun and a worthwhile experience, film is not cheap; it can easily run $20 a roll between purchasing and developing a roll of 35mm film, and when you are first learning the ropes, it can be frustrating when each frame costs a dollar and something goes wrong or you make a mistake. Furthermore, you might have clients who desire that style of edit, but you might not want to change the entire way you shoot, or it might not be feasible, especially if you are shooting something like wedding photography. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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It was a real eye opener to for the first time see printed large; larger than 20 feet across, some of the most iconic fashion prints of all time... Avedon, Newton, etc. at the local art museum from a private collection. Most of these were printed at least 24x32 or larger. It was easy to spot the digital among the mostly film prints. What an eye opener. And of course it almost seemed the best of the best were in black and white. It really does make a difference.

It's called "filters"?! On1 effects, Real Grain, Nik SilverFX..or any of several plug ins/stand alones available these days to get a "film look"

But it's another thing to replicate the mental process, knowledge and techniques needed to actually shoot film...which is the whole point, isn't it?? No amount of AI or "looks like" compares with that?

But I accept you have to keep writing copy on something!