Upload & Sell: Off
It's not putting down VSCO team.I have a lot of respect for them. I am admiring their marketing ability to charge and make money off clueless photographers who can do it all themselves,but are unwilling to take 1 day off their "busy" schedule to learn Lightroom.
And I am not putting down photographers either, I am just stating the fact.
You can make your own film plugins in LR, if you just dedicate a day to learn how to use the program. It will benefit you in a long run, wouldn't you agree!
So, for the sake of comparison, let's look at what it would take to create such presets. Let's say I want a fp-100c type preset for my digital workflow since I love that instant stock.
First thing I would need would to have some comparable shots between the sooc camera raw file and the fp-100c print so that I could adjust the raw file to match the look of print. I shoot my fp-100c through a Polaroid 250, which does not have fully manual controls. Plus, the quality of the lens is inferior. So, really...I would need a fully manual bigger format body with a polaroid back that I could make more accurate comparisons with the same shutter/lens settings (more or less...it is obviously going to be different going from a medium format to the 135 format of our standard digital slrs. Thus, I would either need to rent or borrow that (from the huge amount of people that have those to lend out these days). Thankfully, I do know someone locally from whom I can borrow, so let's assume it costs me nothing.
Let's say I shoot a full pack of fp-100c so I have 10 sample images in different settings. That will cost me c. $10 for the film pack. It would likely take me about an hour or so to do the same tests.
Once I get the prints scanned in, I can begin the work. God knows how long it would take me...I imagine that it would take me more than a day. I know LR pretty darn well, and I have made presets before, but I have a feeling this would take me quite a while to get it to the point where it works across all of the images. Depending on how much you think you should be making in a day money wise, take that into account.
Oh, that is just for one...that is not even mentioning the many other stocks and the multiple versions of the same stock where there are different development temps and pull times and such. The costs especially would only be more expensive with the other stocks (fp-100c is the cheapest)
People talk a lot about do what you do well, and pay others to do what you do not do well...that our time is valuable. If I want this preset, I can either spend the money and the time to do it, or I could pay someone else who took the time to do it. For me, I would rather pay a little bit for someone else to do the work. Getting all of these presets cost me a whopping $60.
For me, comparing the time involved...there is no question about which was the better route.