It is said that Sebastião Salgado only switched to digital photography when he was certain that he still can achieve that film-like look. Many would argue there’s no more difference between the look of processed, digital bytes and film. Salgado, however, though shooting digital, counts on DxO FilmPack to keep his old trusted Kodak Tri-X film’s look and feel.To cut a potentially long story short: DxO FilmPack is plain amazing. Offering an Expert ($129) and an Essential ($79) edition, try the 1-month trial if you haven’t done so yet.
It’s just my unimportant opinion, but this software has a wonderful grain rendering and matches film very closely. Gets the job done 9.9 out of 10.
The download will include the DxO FilmPack plugin for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom and Aperture, giving you a completely effortless digital darkroom without losing the grain and contrast characteristic of black-and-white signature prints.
Just do as Salgado does, this veritable legend in black-and-white film photography. But he doesn’t choose the easy route. With the help of specialists he pinpointed a method for exactly reproducing the same results as for film photography.Today, all of Salgado’s digital images are processed using DxO FilmPack before being transferred to film using a Kodak imager and baryta paper. They’re printed on silver-halide digital photographic paper, with which he achieves better results than with all-silver halide.
Nevertheless, thanks to DxO FilmPack this diehard film photographer has found a system that suits him and allowed him a smooth transition to digital.
DxO FilmPack offers the film looks you can think of, be it positive and negative color films or black and whites: all the Fujifilms, Kodaks and Polaroïds — even the venerable Ilfords.
As an icing on the cake you get toning effects. The technique of toning involves applying chemical products to images printed on silver-halide paper to produce a particular global hue, such as sepia tones. The effects are especially pronounced when applied to black-and-white originals.
Sure there are other options to take the digital out of digital photography, such as:
You can also use the film grain and noise addition filters in Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, but when it comes to film-like emulation, they don’t give the same look and feel as shooting with high-speed black-and-white film does. Neither do DxO FilmPack and Silver Efex Pro 2. But they’re pretty close to the real thing, at the tip of your fingertip.
Wanna bet that no one will be able to tell digital from “real”?