But it is a lot of work, digital is so much faster and available, so my quest have been to make my digital files look more analog. I've tried a lot of different tools and cameras but they all ended up looking digital, you know, that clean look that looks cold and lacks character. Sure, most people like that, but I'm not most people. I like things to be imperfect, I like flaws, that's character, and I love that in a photograph.
So, it wasn't until I bought a Leica M8 last summer that I really feel like I'm shooting film again. I love the color from the Leica M8 sensor, and running those files through DxO FilmPack 4 totally give me what I've been looking for.
But there is another aspect to this, and that's the Leica magic, it's like shooting with an old film camera, manual is good. I love the Leica, because it slows you down, it makes you think and plan your image, you create instead of just snapping a picture.
|Original DNG file without corrections|
|Lightroom 5.4 and DxO FilmPack 4. Kodak Portra 160VC|
Above is the before and after photos, nothing special I admit, shot from the hip on a dusty sensor, this takes me back, it's gritty, it got beautiful color and grain. I love it.
It's fun to shoot again.
More to come...
Images captured with Leica M8, Leica SUMMARIT-M 35mm f/2.5 lens. Written to SanDisk Extreme Pro media.