How about adding a bit of a vintage look to your “annual photo”?
We all take so many photos with our smart phones these days that it can sometimes seem like a chore to break out “the big camera”, put it on a tripod and take the time to actually capture a really nice image. But if not now, then when? Your house is at its prettiest, the decorations are up, and everyone is in a festive mood. And it’s a great time to do an “annual photo”, so you and your family do have those yearly images to look back on for generations to come.
So, what makes a great holiday photo? There’s the obvious things like getting good lighting, making sure everyone is smiling, having a festive background, and so-on.
This can be particularly effective if you’re going to print the photo and put it on a wall or in an album. Having a print of a family portrait can be such a wonderful thing. And honestly, it’s really inexpensive. You can get an 8×10 photo printed for less than ten bucks (and an inexpensive frame can be just as affordable), which is a small price to pay for a memory on the wall.
Applying and customizing a designer preset with DxO FilmPack
OK, let’s assume you’re buying into this crazy idea of mine, and you’re going to actually do it. How do you decide, and create, that look? A super easy and effective way to do that is with DxO FilmPack. The software/plug-in (it works as both) is not only adds a vintage look, but it adds an accurate vintage look. See, DxO FilmPack is all about replicating actual film stocks, from the color saturation and emphasis to the exposure/gamma curve to the film grain! For those of us who shot film, seeing an photo represented in Kodachrome 25 or Velvia or T-Max 100 can be a real treat. And for those who don’t know what any of those are, they’re still really pretty and cool looking!
If you know what you want, you’d an easily search and apply a specific look. But maybe you really don’t have any idea what will look best. In which case, you can just scroll through the presets previews, and click on any that grab your attention!
With the Arkadia preset, we’re already off to a great start