Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Film Stocks, part of Learning Tiffen Dfx.
- Now that you understand the essentials of working with the user interface as well as applying masks and browsing filters let's dig a bit deeper. To start, we'll explore some of the Film Lab. Let's work from within Lightroom. With an image selected I'll choose Photo, Edit In, Dfx, this allows me to send a copy over based on the original image, modify the actual original file if it's a destructive edit, or work with a copy that would preserve any of the Lightroom Changes.
I generally choose to edit a copy with the Lightroom Adjustments applied. If you'd like, under Copy File Options you could refine these, but these are the preferred formats for Tiffen, a TIFF file using the sRGB color space and 16 bits per channel and no compression. When you click Edit the file is handed off. I'll set the layout here to the Default Layout. Let's start with the Film Lab and I'll work with the Film Stocks.
In this case, there are several choices to choose from. The list is, by default, alphabetical. And you'll find several manufacturers such as Agfa interspersed with traditional types. In this case, a series of duotone type treatments or tritones. These options can be used as is, although I often find it useful to sort a bit. By clicking on the Presets list you'll note that you can narrow the category down, such as Black & White Films stocks or the ability to look at some Lo-Fi type looks, in this case a bit of a lomography look.
And you see that this processes the image in a slightly destructive way, but looks pretty cool. These Presets are meant to narrow things down. For example, if you want to emulate some historical type treatments some of these historical options simulate several traditional types of printing through the years. Different treatments that were used for black and white and color photography, cyanotypes and others. As well as some of the process here, such as infrared.
These are quite cool and allow you to access things based on a mood or a style, for example, perhaps you're trying to simulate motion picture film stock. Well, you'll find several options here such as Kodak type stocks. The ability to simulate Fuji film stocks and these will take on a motion picture feel. Remember, feel free to use the presets to make it easy. Along the way, you can also access favorites. So, a favorite would allow you to star something as a favorite.
In this case, it's marked as a favorite and as I choose across multiple categories, I can have several favorites. This way, when I choose the favorites option, those top picks become available. Now, I really like this look here, but remember, anything you do can be tweaked with the parameters category. So if you want to split the difference between the black and white and the color, you can mix the two together or you can come down here and really dial in a custom black and white conversion.
In this case, I'd like the blues to be a bit different and to bring the reds a little bit more intense. And you see as you balance that how it mixes. Other properties include the ability to adjust a curve for the film response. And then down below, to really take advantage of things like pushing the color, now since I'm working here with black and white I'll stay away from this in general, but I could apply an adjustment to the shadows and the midtones to get the contrast just right and then down below is the ability to simulate a color filter.
You'll note that these are numbered just like the real glass filters would be for Tiffen. So if I want to apply, for example, a bluish filter, let's come a little later here, and I'll apply a blue, I could then adjust the intensity of that to create a bit of a tint and you'll note the balance of the Highlights slider there as well. Additionally, feel free to Sharpen your image and refine traditional controls to really dial it in and the ability to apply traditional type diffusion which will bloom some of your softer highlights.
Now, find a good balance there not taking that too far, but that really lets you dial it in. Now all of these controls are quite powerful and remember, you can use the preset as is or dial in specific amounts for grain and the ability to add your own vignette. I'll typically turn the vignette on, I like this here and I can refine the size of that as well as add a little bit of distortion so it's not as quite so perfect and adjust the softness for a smooth transition.
Remember, it's very easy to see the side-by-side comparison and you might want to take advantage of using one of the more minimalistic views. In this case, I prefer the AB view so I can toggle that on and off. When satisfied, click the commit button here and it'll apply the effect and send it back to your Lightroom catalog. There it is, here's my original and my processed version emulating film stocks, both of them are stored in my Lightroom catalog in this case.
- Running Tiffen Dfx as a video or photo plugin
- Choosing a category and a filter
- Working with filter presets
- Limiting filters with masks
- Masking for precision
- Processing film with Film Lab filters
- Using the HFX Diffusion filters
- Correcting color and lens issues
- Refining light
- Using special effects