Digistock – Gold 200 Advanced for Lightroom (and ACR)

Digistock – Gold 200 Advanced for Lightroom (and ACR)

Creator: Digistock

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AN EVERYDAY COLOUR CLASSIC…

ADVANCED SERIES BY DIGISTOCK: Beautiful hybrid styles developed by meticulously shooting, scanning and analysing the real film. Available for both Lightroom and Capture One, with almost exactly the same looks whichever version you choose. 

We work hard to create the best film emulations possible for Lightroom, and the ‘Advanced’ series are probably the most technically-complex film looks available. Which is why we called em ‘Advanced’, I suppose…

We’ve created a set of custom colour profiles, combined with convenient one-click presets, to build the most accurate recreations of analog film possible. At the same time they’re versatile enough to use as general-purpose colour grading looks.  We give you nice tools, but it’s your choice how to use them.

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Back in the 80s and 90s, when film was king, Gold 200 was Kodak’s omnipresent consumer film – affordable enough to use for your everyday snapshots, while still offering beautiful rich colours.  It’s still available today and though it’s not the sharpest, the most accurate, or the finest-grained stuff on the market, it still holds a special place in many photographers’ hearts. The emulsion sold today isn’t much different from the 1980s formula, so it’s a quick ticket to nostalgic vintagey mojo.

On the technical side it’s an ISO-200, C41 negative film available in 35mm format (110, medium format etc were discontinued long ago – they don’t exactly fit the ‘consumer’ demographic these days!). It gives warm colours – but not oversaturated – and a rather pleasing grain that isn’t the finest available, but still gives you plenty of detail.

It’s the stuff of holidays, family trips, casual snapshots, endless summers; the warm fuzzy haze of fond memories. And we’ve done our best to capture that.

OUR EMULATION

We shot and scanned a variety of test scenes on Gold 200, covering a range of typical shooting and lighting conditions (along with matching shots on digital). After many late nights of studying and tweaking, we ended up with 14 unique colour profiles.

These colour profiles are available to use as LR ‘creative profiles’, which means you can freely adjust the strength from 0-200% to dial in the exact look you want. However we’ve also gone a step further and integrated these profiles into one-click presets, for a total of 17 base looks. There’s also a variety of tools and tweaks to give your photos the look of scanned analog film, as well as handy quick tweaks to strengthen or soften the overall feel of the image.

One lovely bonus is that our Capture One and Lightroom styles duplicate each other almost perfectly, so users switching from one to another (or using both) can get matching results.

 

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Workflow

Hover over the different presets and see what looks good! Ok, there’s a bit more to it than that but if you want to just jump in and start being creative, go nuts. When you click one of the base looks A1 to C4, yourbase profile will be changed from the standard Adobe Color (or whatever else you’re using) to one of our custom profiles. These are based on the Adobe Color rendering for your specific camera, with our own adjustments to colour and light to recreate the look of the film in specific conditions.

TIP: you may find some presets look better with the white balance tint shifted slightly right (towards pink), if you notice too much of a green cast.

If you like, you can pop open the Profile Browser to adjust the strength with a handy slider. You can reduce it for a more subtle look, or even crank it to 200% for really strong toning (though we didn’t test them at double power!). This browser is also how you select the profiles to use on their own, without clicking the presets.

Some of the presets also make changes to Lightroom’s controls, though we tried to keep it minimal. A few adjust the Tone Curve, and all of them roll off the highlights (with a couple also adjusting the black point), to try and get a film-appropriate dynamic range. However, you can adjust these controls to suit the photo, or your own tastes – it’s just a starting point.

Beyond the main presets we’ve got a section of analog effects, which add grain and gentle softening to reduce the hard digital look. Lightroom’s grain emulation isn’t particularly realistic, so we mostly kept things on the subtle side here.

Below this is a tweaks and tools section, which has a few adjustments to overall colour and contrast. Nothing you couldn’t do yourself, but it’s a handy little single-click way to punch things up (or soften them). There’s also handy presets to toggle lens corrections.

PRESETS

In total you’ll find 17 unique presets, offering a wide variety of looks based on real film shots with different light and scanning conditions.

A1) Gold 200 – Classic
A rich, balanced starting point that adds instant mojo to any photo. You’ll see blue skies shift towards cyan, and a general warmth in reds and skintones.

 

A2) Gold 200 – Classic+
A slightly more ‘analog’ looking version of the Classic, mixing in a little bit of the 1 Hour Photo drugstore vibe. Slightly cooler and brighter.

CREATIVE PROFILES

The 17 main presets above are based upon 14 different colour profiles. These are also available for you to use independently of the presets, if you prefer fine control rather than a readymade look. Simply choose one in the Profile Browser and use the Amount slider to adjust the strength of the look.

  • G200 1hr Classic – everyday daylight shots scanned with Frontier lab scanner
  • G200 1hr Shade – Frontier scans of photos taken in deep shade/overcast
  • G200 1hr Sun – Frontier scans from photos taken in harsh midday sunlight
  • G200 Classic – all-purpose ‘standard’ daylight preset
  • G200 Classic+ – alternate all-purpose preset with more contrast and colour cast
  • G200 Shade – shot in overcast/cloudy conditions or shade
  • G200 Soft – more subtle, relaxed profile based on shots in diffused sunlight
  • G200 Sun – shot in harsh midday sunlight
  • G200 Tungsten – shot in 3200K artificial light
  • G200 Tungsten Under 1 – underexposed in low artificial light levels
  • G200 Tungsten Under 2 – underexposed, night shot
  • G200 Under 1 – intentionally underexposed in daylight conditions
  • G200 Under 2 – heavily underexposed and recovered through scanning
  • G200 Warm – shot around golden hour, similar toning to Under 1

 

TWEAKS AND TOOLS

GRAIN

An important part of realistic emulation is replicating the film grain and acutance (detail) of the film. Our previous Lightroom packs offered both clean and dirty versions of every preset in separate folders, but to simplify the workflow we now give you clean presets with the option to the analog effects with one extra click. Simply choose one of the four grain strengths.

For maximum realism, these grain presets also reduce the sharpness of the image to simulate the lower resolution of film – we find this helps the grain look like an intrinsic part of the image rather than an overlay, and gets you closer to the look of a film scan.

TWEAKS AND TOOLS

T1) CONTRAST +
Adds a slight contrast increase to the image. Our presets are quite conservatve with contrast, since we believe you’re probably confident enough operating the contrast sliders yourself. Feel free to click this to save a little time though.

T2) CONTRAST ++
Adds a stronger contrast increase to the image and lowers the black point slightly. Depending how you like your scans, you may find you don’t see the ‘Gold look’ in our presets until you’ve added this to them!

T3) PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT
Adds lots of contrast and increases saturation too. If you like a very contrasty, colourful look, click this after choosing your preset. Plus there’s a chance that every time you see this preset, you’ll get the cheesy 80s Scarface song stuck in your head and it’ll get you really pumped up for your editing session. LIMIT!

T4) PASTEL
A nice gentle rolloff of colours and contrast to give a softer, more matte look.

T5) LENS CORRECTIONS ON
By default our styles will respect your normal settings for lens auto-correction, sharpness etc. If you want to quickly enable the aberration/vignette/distortion correction, hit this.

T6) LENS CORRECTIONS OFF
Looking for the ultimate in analog authenticity? Film cameras don’t have any way of compensating for a lens’ characteristics and quirks…so if you’re an analog purist, disabling all the automatic corrections gets you looking closer to the real thing.

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