If you’re a film aficionado, you’re probably used to trying to make the process of converting your negatives into print-ready digital files as painless as possible. One photographer has ditched his scanner in favor of an incredibly simple setup using his Fujifilm X-T3 and a rather unique Lightroom plugin.
This in-depth video from photographer Matt Day takes you through his entire workflow, explaining the various tools he uses and why he uses them. I’m particularly impressed with the simplicity of his system, as well as the Lomography DigitaLIZA which Day uses to hold his film strips. These hard-to-find film holders will be back in stock at B&H from May 16.
Critical to Day's process is a rather funky piece of software entitled Negative Lab Pro, the creation of photographer, software developer, and Lightroom instructor Nathan Johnson. As Day notes, it was created because Johnson found a gap in his own workflow and decided to create a Lightroom plugin to make life easier. Pleased with his results, he put it on sale. The advantage of using Negative Lab Pro over a Lightroom preset (that, among other things, flips the curves to create a positive from a negative) is that it analyzes the image in order to determine the settings, not too dissimilar to how a scanner would function.
Day's process raises the rather philosophical question of whether the resulting image is a Leica or a Fujifilm photograph. Your thoughts in the comments, please.