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VSCO FILM PACK 02 // BEFORE AND AFTERS

! ! ! HAPPY DANCE ! ! !

we already posted a huge writeup on our history with film, our relationship with VSCO, and how VSCO film super speeds our processing workflow HERE, so if you haven't seen that yet, check it out.

after months and months of testing and development i'm so incredibly pumped that VSCO film pack 02 is finally being released into the wild! it's packed with 11 new film stocks with 4 variations each, most of which are my favorite films of yesterday and today. we've added in the whole line of the (unfortunately) discontinued kodak portra series, the full fuji superia series, and some rad new black and white films like fuji neopan 1600. many of these have quickly become my go to film stocks now for processing, like this wedding which was processed entirely with the new kodak portra 160VC+. the examples below have all been white balanced, then processed with one click with the new VSCO film pack 02 in adobe lightroom 4...like i said, happy dance :)


to see some before and afters of images we've processed with VSCO FILM, ROLL YOUR MOUSE OVER THE IMAGES BELOW

to pick up a set for yourself or learn more, GO HERE < - - -

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KODAK PORTRA 400NC++


KODAK PORTRA 400VC++


KODAK PORTRA 160VC+


FUJI SUPERIA 400+


FUJI SUPERIA 800


KODAK PORTRA 400UC


KODAK PORTRA 400UC-


KODAK PORTRA 400UC


KODAK PORTRA 160NC++


KODAK PORTRA 160VC+


FUJI SUPERIA 400++


FUJI SUPERIA 100++


KODAK PORTRA 400UC++


KODAK PORTRA 400UC++


KODAK PORTRA 160NC


KODAK PORTRA 400VC+


FUJI SUPERIA 1600


FUJI SUPERIA 1600+


FUJI NEOPAN 1600


FUJI NEOPAN 1600++


FUJI SUPERIA 400++


KODAK PORTRA 160VC


KODAK PORTRA 400NC


FUJI SUPERIA 800+


FUJI SUPERIA 400++


KODAK PORTRA 400UC+


KODAK PORTRA 160VC+


KODAK PORTRA 160VC+


KODAK PORTRA 400VC


FUJI SUPERIA 800+

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VSCO FILM // BEFORE AND AFTERS, WORKFLOW, ETC.

thirteen years ago i fumbled my first roll of film clumsily onto a metal roller in the dark, emerged into the light, dumped some D-76 into my tank and started agitating...when i finally yanked that roll of film out of the tank and saw my first set of images i was hooked on photography. the following two years i took every black and white and color film class at my local college and shot every film and camera combo i could get my hands on. i loved film and photography more than a fat kid loves cake.

fast forward a few years and through a number of events we had stumbled our way into wedding photography and headed down what would eventually become our greatest adventure. upon starting the image is found in 2002, we made the decision to shoot all of our professional work digitally. our processing has changed over the years, but the look of the films we learned on were always the gold standard in our eyes. let's be honest though, nothing we processed digitally could even come close to the look and feel of the film images we got back from the lab. so we did the best we could with what we had and satisfied our appetite for film by shooting lots of our personal work on it.

fast forward to mid 2011and an opportunity came up that would change all of this. a band of amazing folks were putting together a startup called VISUAL SUPPLY CO with BIG ideas to create a revolutionary set of new tools for photographers. it was an incredible honor when they asked me to come on board and an exciting challenge to be a part of developing a new way of processing for photographers. countless hours of testing, developing, and testing some more VSCO FILM was born and i can honestly say that i have never been more excited about post processing our images. the colors, tones, contrast, grain, and everything else i love about shooting film has been perfectly emulated, developed, and matched so that i can process my digital images exactly the way we've always wanted. as if that wasn't enough, the time savings we're experiencing while delivering a superior product for our clients is a major bonus.


BEFORE VSCO FILM our workflow looked like this:

process RAW image for basic adjustments: white balance/exposure/brightness/etc...this process would normally take me an average of 8 hours per wedding. because of this massive time suck, we would regularly outsource this process, to the tune of a few hundred dollars per wedding. once the basic RAW processing was complete, that level of processing was what our clients would see in their online gallery, facebook, proofs, digital negatives, etc. then if our clients had ordered an album, prints, etc. those images would be brought into photoshop individually and retouched and have our blend of actions run on them to give them our "look."

WITH VSCO FILM our workflow looks like this:

we import all RAW images into lightroom 4 and in the "apply during import" dialogue i'll apply one of my go-to films that consistently deliver the look we love, in our case this is usually kodak portra 400++ or fuji 160C++. this speeds up our workflow in a number of ways: first, assuming our images are exposed well and the white balance is close (we shoot most wedding images in auto white balance) then that initial film setting usually gets the images 90% to where they need to be, and to be honest a majority of the images we deliver don't need much more than that initial setting. for the images that do need some more tweaking we'll make a quick run through in the quick develop panel making slight adjustments as needed. for any blocks of images that need the look of a different film (most commonly for blocks we'll switch to monochrome) we'll just apply that film setting to that group and continue on. once the processing on the set of images is finished, they are presented to the clients in this stage, with no further work needed on them to give them our "look" and the only additional work that would be done to any images for albums, prints, etc. would be minor retouching in photoshop or any dodge/burn finessing of the image. with this method of processing, we are ripping through 800-1000 image weddings in 2-3 hours tops, and delivering a much more finished, and polished look for our clients than we ever were before. HAPPY DANCE!


SOME THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT VSCO FILM:

- faster processing. as i mentioned above, my post time on an average wedding dropped from 8-10 hours to 2-3. yay for more time living not in front of the computer :)

- a consistent look to all our work. since we're using the same 3-5 films for all of our images, there is a visual continuity to our body of work.

- when processing, i'm thinking like a film shooter. having shot film since i started, i enjoy the lack of options when you're out shooting in terms of what look your images will have. "well, i have a roll of portra 400, a roll of tri-x, and a roll of tmax-3200 with me, which one works for this situation?" the lack of choice is wonderful! with VSCO FILM i force myself into that same lack of choice which, in my mind, makes processing more enjoyable and way more efficient. just like with film, with VSCO FILM you quickly learn your favorite films and learn which ones apply best in certain situations. i know that my stock of films i'll choose from in VSCO FILM is only 4 or 5 so any decisions i have to make while processing can be done on the fly and i know what results i'll be getting with each one.

- my goal in lightroom is to get in and out as quickly as possible while still delivering an amazing image for our clients, so while our processing is usually a "one and done" situation, for some truly special images, or the truly stubborn ones, there are a plethora of options in the supplied toolkit to fine tune and customize our results.

- subtle results that let our images do the talking, not the processing. after 10+ years as a professional photographer, i've come to realize that over the years, the images that have stuck with me and made an impact have never done so because of the processing on the image, it was the image. i love that with VSCO FILM the processing of the image, while it looks incredible, is subtle and does not distract from the heart of the image.


ONE THING WE HATE ABOUT VSCO FILM:

- the uncontrollable urge to go back and re-process everything i've shot digitally over the past 12 years.



to see some before and afters of images we've processed with VSCO FILM in adobe lightroom 4, ROLL YOUR MOUSE OVER THE IMAGES BELOW

to pick up a set for yourself or learn more, GO HERE < - - -

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kodak portra 400++


fuji 160C++ / darker skies ++


fuji 160C++


kodak tri-x +


kodak portra 400++


kodak portra 800HC / orange skin fix


fuji 160C++


kodak tri-x 400+


kodak portra 400++


fuji 160C++ / tone: fuji


kodak portra 400++ / tone: kodak


kodak portra 400++ / vignette +


fuji 160C++


kodak portra 400++


kodak portra 400++


kodak portra 400++


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HOW THE F WE DO IT ! ! ! CRAZYBOOTH PDF MANUAL

it's time to get C-C-C-CRAZY! since we introduced our CRAZYBOOTH, we've gotten hundreds of emails asking about a whole range of details: what it is, what equipment we use, how it works, how we get guests to be fun, etc. while we would have loved to personally answer each and every one of your questions, there is so much information and logistics involved with the CRAZYBOOTH, we would've had a new full time job on our hands!

instead of typing until our fingers turned into bloody nubs, we decided to create this PDF manual to explain in full detail how the CRAZYBOOTH works and how you can make it a very profitable addition to your business. not only is the CRAZYBOOTH highly marketable and highly profitable, it is also an insane amount of fun! for us, the CRAZYBOOTH serves as another creative outlet, providing us with something fun and different to shoot. not to mention, it makes 3+ hour receptions fly by! we thoroughly enjoy the CRAZYBOOTH and all the benefits it brings to our business. this manual contains all the information you need to start your own style of CRAZYBOOTH...so grab it, and get out there and rock it!

some of the topics covered in the 12 page HOW THE F WE DO IT . CRAZYBOOTH pdf manual:

* what the CRAZYBOOTH is and isn't
* full equipment list with links and descriptions of all necessary gear
* how and where to set up
* helpful tips for setting up all the CRAZYBOOTH pieces quickly and effectively
* who shoots what and the logistics of doing a CRAZYBOOTH and covering a reception
* diagrams of our CRAZYBOOTH setup with descriptions, distances, camera settings, etc
* how to get guests to participate and bring the crazy and break out of the 1-2-3 cheese routine
* how to pimp yourself at and after the CRAZYBOOTH
* pricing and how to make the CRAZYBOOTH a hugely profitable addition to your business
* add on products to increase post CRAZYBOOTH revenue
* our "sales pitch" for how we sell the CRAZYBOOTH to prospective clients

FYI...

* we've made this manual as basic as possible. the only prerequisites are that you know how to use your SLR camera and set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture manually.

* the majority of the gear needed for a CRAZYBOOTH you may already own, or can be rented to keep cost low. even if you purchased every item we recommend brand new and correctly priced your photobooth, you'd still be turning a profit after your first or second one! easy peasy!

you can now purchase your copy of the HOW THE F WE DO IT . CRAZYBOOTH manual for the regular price of $149.


! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE !


after you purchase securely via the link above, you will be given a secure link to download your copy of the manual...the link is only good for 48 hours so please download ASAP! all content of the HOW THE F WE DO IT . CRAZYBOOTH manual is copyright the image is found...please do not copy, share, or distribute...or we'll hunt you down and fart on your face.

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FORMSPRING US

chances are if you have a question for us that isn't answered here on our photographer resources page, it's probably been answered at some point over on OUR FORMSPRING. stop on by and check out our answers to 100's of questions and if you can't find an answer you're looking for, feel free to submit a new one! have fun :)

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get learned good . the shootshops

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the photographer FAQ

we receive a large number of emails and comments from photographers and many of them are inquiring about the same sort of things....here is our best attempt to answer everything!

*** on a side note...if you notice that all the gear we've listed will link you directly to B&H photo and video. we purchase all of our gear through them and have always been totally impressed with their selection, service, and pricing! if you find any of our information here useful and decide to purchase any of this gear we would really appreciate you coming back and linking from here to B&H for your purchases. they'll send us a little love and litlle bits of love make a happy nate and jaclyn :) thank you and ENJOY!


what camera, lens, flash, etc do you guys shoot with?
here is a list of what's in our gear bags:

NIKON D700 . three of these...two for nate and two for jaclyn

NIKON 24-70 F2.8G ED

NIKON 20mm F2.8

NIKON 24 F1.4

NIKON 35 F1.4

NIKON 45mm F2.8 PC-E TILT SHIFT

NIKON 50mm F1.4

SIGMA 50 F2.8 1:1 MACRO

NIKON 85mm F1.8

NIKON 180mm F2.8

NIKON SB-900 SPEEDLIGHT

NIKON SB-800 SPEEDLIGHT

pocketwizard plus II transceiver . used to trigger flashes remotely

sunpak readylight 20 . a cool compact little videolight that can help out with portraits in very dark situations...we also use this for basically every ring shot we do.

a whole crapload of rechargeable AA batteries for flashes, etc.

8 GB HOODMAN RAW CF CARDS . about 50GB of CF cards for each of us!


do you bring back up gear too?
ABSO-FRICKING-LUTELY! seriously everybody, if you're going to go out to shoot someone's wedding day...there is no room for error and if your camera, lens, etc craps out without a backup, you're screwed. buy backup gear!


i don't have a lot of money to spend on lenses right now...can you recommend a good cheap one?
unfortunately, like everything in life, you get what you pay for. we would highly recommend spending all the money you can muster on great lenses...they are the only camera equipment that will stay with you! you will always upgrade bodies, flashes, etc. but good lenses will always be good lenses. good lenses will also make your shooting life so much easier! when we first started out we went the route of buying cheaper glass and then were constantly frustrated with the slow focus, missed focus, wild flare, ghosting, lack of sharpness and detail, etc, etc, etc. once we upgraded our lenses to our current set all those problems are gone and we can have confidence that if we nail a shot, it is nailed.


what point and shoot camera do you use?
we have a FUJI X10 and we love the begeezus out of it.


who designed your website?
our website is a custom design by us and developed by the folks over at bludomain!


what lab do you use?
PRO DPI for all of our prints and press printed products and SIMPLY CANVAS for our gallery wraps...both labs are top notch!!!


what album company do you use?
we currently use renaissance soho albums...sexy time!!!


how do you download images on a wedding day?
we do not download anything while we're shooting. we keep our card wallets strapped to our belt AT ALL TIMES on the wedding day. to be honest, we're so busy on the day, i'm not sure where we would even find the time to worry about downloading!


what do you download your cards with?
we use a four stack of these lexar pro FW readers. SO AWESOME. using this in conjunction with photomechanic makes downloading an entire wedding a breeze!


where do you buy all your gear?
we buy just about everything at B&H photo and video! their selection is unequaled, the service is great, and the prices are unbeatable! click the banner to get your shop on!






how do you get such great color in your photos?
that is quite loaded question! the most important part of the answer is to pre-visualize your image and get your exposure right in camera! we shoot EVERYTHING in the raw file format which allows for infinite options of fine tuning a file after you shoot it. unfortunately there is no magic answer, or magic action for that matter....the closest thing we have to a magic answer is to correctly manually expose your image and shoot raw.


do use actions?
no, not since VSCO FILM was released. you can read more about our switch to VSCO FILM and our workflow with it HERE.


did you go to school for photography?
yes we did. we both took 2 years of photography classes at our local college. that provided us with a great foundation of the basics of exposure, printing, etc. to work from. we started with all film in the darkroom, doing all the processing, printing, etc. we believe that the process of learning photography is INTEGRAL to be able to work in the digital age. after our stint in school nate apprenticed with a fine art landscape photographer while jaclyn assisted for a wedding photographer. that's when our schooling stopped and the "trial by error" education of starting digital took over.


how long have you been shooting professionally?
this is our tenth year on this crazy roller coaster ride!


do you have a studio?
yes, we do have a studio in downtown oceanside, which is in north san diego county. it's about 900 square feet of space right on pacific coast highway. that's just enough room to house three workstations, a shooting space, and a client meeting/projection area.


how old are you guys!?!?
nate is 30 and jaclyn is 28 :)


do you use an assistant at weddings?
nope, since we are already a two photographer team we feel that adding a third person into the mix can be a bit overwhelming for our clients.

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