Lightning, Landscapes, and VSCO Film 04

In case you didn’t know, VSCO (Visual Supply Co) creates a product that installs presets within Adobe Lightroom that emulate traditional photography film emulsions. They aren’t just average presets either. They use camera profiles to get better results.

They just released a new film pack (number 04), which is based off of slide or transparency films… and it’s absolutely incredible.

VSCO Fuji Velvia 50+
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Why we love VSCO

We mentioned in our post about workflow that we have a preference for processing our photos with Capture One in most situations. The appeal is that the images tend to have better contrast and sharpness. More technically sound, you could say.

However the processing of an image is more often than not just making sure the photo is technically sound. In fact, as often as possible we tend to break the technical rules with our processing so that the spirit/emotional weight of the photograph is emphasized. This might be with colour toning, high/low contrast tone curves, etc.

So we’re adding a caveat to our whole Capture One is awesome statement. The product that VSCO (Visual Supply Co) is putting out for Lightroom is so great that it’s likely to be a permanent part of our workflow for a long time.

The way a lot of film or vintage emulations are done is hokey and fake. VSCO has really hit on something that is genuine, and can be implemented by professionals. It has a certain nostalgia to it, but it’s effortlessly timeless.

VSCO Fuji Velvia 50
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The slide film pack is excellent for landscapes as you can see from the examples, but keep a look out for some more usage of VSCO in the future – specifically in our portraiture. We recently photographed the Edmonton boutique fashion store Red Ribbon for our Everything Edmonton project, and the look of VSCO complimented the shoot perfectly. Stay tuned for photos from that.

A note on photographing lightning

For those interested in experimenting with capturing lightning strikes here’s a bit of advice: get an intervalometer for your camera (or use the built-in one like on my Nikon).

Some people get really technical and build sensors that detect bursts of light, so when lightning strikes, your camera fires. More likely, you’re going to go with the simple route of using long shutter speeds to try and capture a random strike. Instead of waiting around with your camera in the cold or rain, using an intervalometer will allow you to take 20-30 second exposures over and over again from the comfort of your car, house, etc.


We hope you enjoyed these landscapes, and check out VSCO for yourself.



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