I have been a fan of Totally Rad Actions for a long time… as in, I don’t ever remember not being a fan for as long as I’ve been a photographer. Today they are releasing the newest addition to the TRA family: Replichrome! I started out as a digital photographer and I am at the point now that my camera comes so naturally to me that it just feels like an extension of my arm. Film, on the other hand, is still very overwhelming to me. I’m working on it, but it just doesn’t feel as natural as digital does. However, I love love love the look of film. There is just something special about it. And this, my friends, is why I am so very excited about Replichrome. I was one of the lucky testers so I’ve been getting to play with all these different amazing Lightroom presets for the past couple weeks. I reprocessed some of my favorite images so you could see how versatile they are. I made it a point to use different presets on all but 2 of them so you could get a sense of the variety.
So, what is Replichrome?
From the creators of Raplichrome: “In short, Replichrome is Film for Lightroom. We’ve spent the last year+ shooting digital and film test shots, with 19 cameras and over 100 rolls of film in every kind of light imaginable. Then we took the images from our test sessions and had them scanned at the country’s best photo labs, on both Noritsu and Frontier scanners. Next, we painstakingly crunched numbers and hacked pixels until we developed near-exact replicas of your favorite film stocks. We conducted a HUGE science experiment, all in the name of making the best and most authentic film emulation tools available. We know we aren’t the first to tackle this problem, so we knew we had to be the best. I am excited to say, we think we were more than successful.”
Do you know what I love about Replichrome? Even the Lightroom beginner could use these successfully and they are still of the utmost professional quality. There are several “helper presets” in order to help tweak the presets to fit your style. Too much contrast? Skin too orange? Highlights too bright? Fix it with a simple click. So very simple and it makes editing a breeze!
I found myself pretty partial to a few of them rather quickly. But, as you can see, a variety of presets can still be used to fit any editing style. And, to be quite frank, the thing that absolutely sold me on Replichrome (even over some other popular film presets) is that I am finally able to achieve the look I want without feeling like I’ve compromised any of my artistic vision without having to open a single image in Photoshop. Being able to edit every image in a set with a few simple clicks means I am spending less time in front of my computer and more time with my kids, or more realistically, spending more of my kid-less time doing something relaxing). This really blew me away because I had long ago given up hope on being able to get the exact look I wanted using only Lightroom. Replichrome has changed my game.