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| Re: Properly applying VSCO |
I'm on my day job's computer with only LR3, but I think that on my home computer with LR4 and the newest version of VSCO, I often use Fuji 800Z++, and I take out some of the grain. I like a 20-30 grain, depending on the shot.
For that preset, I find it runs warmer than some of the other presets, and less punchy and slightly more "washed out". This probably won't get you your Photoshop 8% white overlay look, but I think it'll bring you closer.
My favorite B&W's are the Ilford presets. On occasion for a really soft and pale gray look, the T-Max 3200+ which, I think has a 100 grain, is great. But I typically dial back the grain to something like a 40-50, and then darken the blacks just a tad.
I actually just spoke with someone who is kinda' in the know at VSCO, and mentioned to them that I struggled for about a month using VSCO stuff, as I was so used to over-exposing my images because that's the way that I shot. We talked and I mentioned that if I underexpose from the proper exposure about 1/3 to 1/2 stop (eg. -0.5ev) that the VSCO stuff works wonderfully. They told me that's exactly what they recommend.
I also find that color balance can jump a little bit when using some of the presets, so I usually adjust WB in camera when possible, shoot Auto-WB when I don't have the time, and then when I'm in post processing, I run my VSCO preset on the image first, and THEN adjust for WB. I think that works the best.