Now, if you’re not a photographer, you can scroll down to view the pictures, because the below will not make much sense to you, or even if it will, won’t be of much interest.

I don’t make a secret of the fact that I am not in any way a Photoshop guru. In fact, all my editing is done using actions I purchased (like Totally Rad Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets) with some minor curves tweaking and colour balance adjustment, and an occasional spot removal. I love how actions save my editing time, and how I can keep my look consistent without having to learn yet another thing on top of everything else I need to learn to run my little business.

So when I heard the excited talk about the new VSCO Film Presets for Adobe Lightroom, I just had to get them.

I didn’t have much time to play with them yet, and I doubt I will start using them for everything and abandon my trusted Photoshop actions, but I have to admit they are pretty impressive. I love the subtle film look they get you, and I adore the black and whites which just seem to work much better with my images that the Totally Rad Lightroom presets do.

I love them because I have actually been able to finally edit and order prints of some personal photographs I took in August while visiting my parents in Russia. Below are before and afters with the recipies (there was some minor spot exposure adjustment involved as well with 2 of the pictures, but that’s nothing compared to having to bring them into Photoshop for editing).


And in case anyone is wondering, all the photographs here were taken with Canon 5D Mark II and 50mm 1.4.