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X-Pro1 - Replichrome Kodak B&W Film by Totally Rad

Disclaimer

I have never processed a single roll of film, never. My last attempt at film, the snaps I shot on a roll is still stuck in the camera and have been for a while, I have no intention of doing jack with it, if I recall the film stock is Tri-X.

I do however like the look of film as an artistic effect on digital images, simulating the look of old film stock using Plug-Ins such as AlienSkin can be a lot of fun. Every once in a while if the mood or image permits, I burn these looks to my photos. I have been an AlienSkin user for a while, it does what it does and quite well for that matter at least to my eyes and in comparison to other Plug-Ins out there such as VSCO which for some reason or another I never used, perhaps it is just the fact that I felt like in many cases I could achieve the same look with AlienSkin so I never bothered trying it, not to mention I don’t use these Plug-Ins that much to justify splurging on every Film Simulation Plug-In that touts being the closet to the real thing, like I said I use AlienSkin for the look I get not to actually replicate film stock exactly - in my opinion there is no such thing, sure these Plug-Ins are good or fantastic for getting close and that’s enough for me. Haven’t never shot film as already stated, who am I to say which or what is what in terms of how close to actual film? Just have fun with whichever you choose to use…

Replichrome ( Totally Rad )

Original Image - Minolta Auto Rokkor 55mm F/2 Raw

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OK lets get on with the business of Replichrome. I had read about Replichrome by Totally Rad about a month ago and was impressed with their take on reproducing old film stock for Digital Film Simulation, today I decided to take the plunge and go for it. After installing in LR5.2 which by the way is a simple process, then played with some Fuji X Raw files, one of the camera it supports amongst many others, I can say that this is a fantastic Plug-In for those looking to simulate the look of old film stock. Lets see why I think this is a fantastic Plug-In, first thing first, it’s integrated directly in LR unlike AlienSkin where you Round Trip to a stand alone app that launches within LR which can be a painful process, waiting for the app to launch is slow, painfully slow - seriously go make a cup of coffee and then come back minutes later and it could still be launching the app and God help you if you’ve selected 5-10 images at a time, might as well go do something else to burn that extra time. Once AlienSkin launches, you then deal with more sliders should one of the default presets don’t do it, I consider this a labour of love and if you know what your’e trying to achieve this process might be a cake walk but you still can’t escape that churning waiting to launch period. Like I said I never used VSCO, from what I have read VSCO works within the LR environment just like Replichrome, nothing to launch, no stand alone app, just get right on with it.

Being that Replichrome is directly integrated, applying looks is as simple as a one click operation, no waiting whatsoever, its instant. At that point if you want to go further, Totally Rad have cleverly provided us with Replichrome Tweak Kit for further adjustment. So far I have that opened by twirling down on the disclosure triangle with all other presets including those I have created in LR collapsed, this lets me see what I am doing without cluttering the workspace in Develop Module.

In comparison to AlienSkin from my view, Replichrome simply does a better job as to how it applies looks on photos. I can’t speak for VSCO like I said I have never used it. It is obvious though that Totally Rad with Replichrome is directly targeting VSCO, they seem to be taking the extra steps to make it better, I know many will disagree and I am by no means trying to start a Mac vs PC old debate here, all I can say is try it and make your own judgement. In my own opinion seeing so many photographs with VSCO, I can say it is on par or even better, again thats my opinion, perhaps someone with a little more experience using both side by side can tell us. A few things to keep in mind when deciding assuming you are just getting into these Plug-Ins to simulate old film stock is to take a peak at each vendors website and read through their claims, they offer plenty of examples, also cost, then make your decision. I really like Replichrome for what it offers and it's a bit less expensive than VSCO and AlienSkin.

Rather than telling you what each one offers, below is a link to the ones I would recommend. For now Replichrome is my go to for film simulation… It’s fantastic!

AlienSkin
VSCO
Totally Rad ( Replichrome )

Images from Replichrome Black & White Preset - Check back for other presets ( Kodak Color + Fuji Color ) shortly!

Kodak BW 400CN

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Kodak BW 400CN -
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Kodak BW 400CN --
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Kodak BW 400CN +
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Kodak Plus-X 125
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Kodak Plus-X 125 -
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Kodak Plus-X 125 --
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Kodak Plus-X 125 +
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Kodak Plus-X 125 ++
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Kodak T-Max 3200
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Kodak T-Max 3200 -
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Kodak T-Max 3200 --
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Kodak T-Max 3200 +
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Kodak T-Max 3200 ++
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Kodak Tri-X 400
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Kodak Tri-X 400 -
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Kodak Tri-X 400 +
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Kodak Tri-X 400 ++
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