If you're looking for a vintage (or just different) look for your photo, you might consider making it look like film. You can use this to evoke a certain feeling, match an existing aesthetic, or just to add some variety to your social media feeds. Need some inspiration? Check out some photos I've applied a film look to or click the link for each film type to go to an external site and view photos shot on that film stock by others.

For those wondering, this involves more than just slapping on an instagram filter. These film looks are based on hyper-accurate scans of original film stocks. First I'll work on the raw photo in Lightroom to dial in the proper dynamic range, tones, grain, etc. Then it's time to bring the photo over to Photoshop for accurate effects like film blur, highlight bloom, halation and special effects like film borders, dust, scratches, flares and light leaks. Not sure what you want? Let me know the effect you're looking for I'll make sure you're happy with the result. The looks shown are just examples and the effect can be made stronger or lighter, cleaner or dirtier, etc. 

Cinestill 50D

Cinestill 50D is based on Kodak Vision 3, a motion picture film used on movies like Interstellar, Killers of the Flower Moon, The Hateful 8, and 12 Years a Slave.

Portra 400

Kodak Portra 400 is a legendary film among photographers. First introduced on 1988, Kodak claims it is the "the world's finest grain high-speed color negative film" and it is well-loved for it's accurate color reproductions, wide exposure latitude and fine grain. 

Ilford HP5+

ILFORD HP5 PLUS is a high speed, fine grain, medium contrast black & white film making it an excellent choice for journalism, documentary, travel, sports, action and indoor available light photography.

Ektachrome E100

Kodak Professional E100 is known for vibrant colors, low contrast, and extremely fine grain. 


 

Impossible Project PX-100UV Silver Shade

A Polaroid-style instant black and white film known for being difficult to work with and producing low resolution, low contrast images. 

Agfa Vista 400

Agfa Vista 400 was a color negative film that was rumored to be Fujifilm Superia 400 repackaged into a nicer box. It shot great in the daytime with deep saturation and boosted reds. 

Fuji Neopan 400

Neopan 400 was a professional black & white film targeted at sports and documentary photographers. This film was known for sharpness and extremely fine grain.

Fujicolor C200

A consumer-grade color film designed for "flexibility and ease of use", it's more forgiving to beginners who might not expose their image properly. It tends to have a little extra saturation and contrast and sometimes the shadows will have a green tint to them. 

Cinestill BwXX

Re-branded Kodak Eastman 5222 Double-X motion picture film, used for classic movies like Casino Royale, Raging Bull, and The Lighthouse.