VSCO Film Review

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Review

I was recently contacted by a new company called Visual Supply Co about using a film emulator they have been developing for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw called VSCO Film.  At first I was skeptical, but decided to give it a try.

I am fortunate to work with a really incredible retoucher on most of my commercial work, but I still have thousands of personal images as well as some smaller jobs which I try to edit on my own.  Problem is, I don’t really like Lightroom, or Photoshop actions, so more times than not, my RAW images just sit in a folder.  Every once in a while I manage to process a few personal images, but it usually takes a long time, and I never really get them looking like I want.

Within the first 10 seconds of using VSCO Film, I was hooked.  It is so fast, produces the results I have always wanted, but didn’t know how to achieve, and it actually makes image editing fun again.  Now I am going through all of my personal images at the speed of light, and everything looks fantastic in 1 or 2 clicks.  I also used VSCO Film on a small job I shot this week, and it took me 10 minutes to do 23 images.  It would have easily taken me 90 minutes had I done it the old way.

Anyway, enough of that.  I don’t like sales pitches, and I don’t want to annoy you with one either.  I am willing to endorse this because I actually use it and really really like it.  Not everyone will feel the same, but I think many of you will.  I have already had several people ask me about how it works with strobe photography, so in my next blog post, I will show some images lit with strobe that I edited with VSCO Film.  I edited the following images with VSCO Film in just a couple of clicks per image.  Here is the link if you are interested in buying, or just finding out more.  Enjoy.

UPDATE:  8/22/12 – Here is another post I just wrote with some new images I edited with VSCO Film 02.

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Rad. Love them.

posted by Michael Wachniak on 11.16.11 at 10:50 pm

Thanks for the review. Any chance to see some before/after pics?

posted by Fredric Fotograf on 11.17.11 at 7:08 am

I couldn’t agree more, John. They are awesome, and I’ve been reworking a bunch of my recent images, too. Good stuff.

posted by Joe Grimshaw on 11.19.11 at 1:34 pm


posted by Alex on 11.21.11 at 1:56 pm

[...]  So far I am editing images 10 times faster than I was before, and I am getting better results.  Here is the review I wrote last [...]

posted by John Keatley - Coach Romar on 11.22.11 at 12:08 am

[...] should also read John Keatley’s review of Visual Supply Company’s Presets. And Jonas Peterson’s review too. Just look at the images they have on [...]

I don’t like sales pitches either. That’s why this review and one or two others are confusing. There seems to be an ad banner for the product right next to your review of the product. Your review links to the product with your ID (http://visualsupply.co/?aid=jkeatl) … the ad banner has the same code. Jonas Peterson’s review has a similarly coded link. There seems to be a common theme that these presets cut processing time by 50% or more. But how? You still have to manually adjust exposure and white balance, right? So before VSCO, were all of the reviewers spending loads of time emulating specific film looks? It may be a great product, but I’m not sure whether these are real reviews by people who actually bought the product, or part of a campaign to sell the product. Reviewers really ought to reveal their exact relationship to the company and whether they actually bought the product or received it as a gift in exchange for a review or endorsement.

posted by Bob on 11.29.11 at 1:38 am

I’m not really sure how I could be any more clear “Bob”. I included a disclosure link in the post, and I said that I am “endorsing” the product. Pretty clear language. I frequently get requests to endorse products, but this is the first one I have taken on, simply because I use it and believe in it. As for how it will save you time or not. If you don’t like the idea of the product, or the product itself, don’t buy it. That simple. I don’t really want to try to convince you to buy anything. It sounds like you are happy with your workflow, and that’s great. That’s the most important thing. There is not just one right way when it comes to this kind of thing, and we all have to decide what is best for ourselves. For me, personally, I love it. Ask my wife. In 1 week, I have edited and processed thousands of personal photos that have been sitting on my computer for a year or more. I never worked with them because it took too long, and I didn’t like how I was editing them. Now it is actually fun, fast, and they look great. That’s why I use it. Finally, I am totally open to criticism and debate on this blog, but if you want to participate, please don’t hide behind a fake name and email address. Thank you.

posted by John Keatley on 11.30.11 at 10:05 pm

[...] We just gave away a Vanguard GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head, a Think Tank Urban Disguise 40 v2 camera bag, and now we will be wrapping up what I like to call “Second Christmas” by giving away two copies of Visual Supply VSCO Film.  For those of you who are not familiar with VSCO Film, it is an incredible film emulator that plugs into Lightroom and ACR to make your digital images look like film.  Another benefit of VSCO Film is that it doubles as an incredibly fast workflow for editing your digital images.  I wrote about my experience with the emulator a few months back, and you can read my review of VSCO Film here. [...]

These presets really are amazing. Achieving the film look with a digital image is something I rarely do, but on the occasions that I have tried to do so, the results have always been pretty average. I ran a handful of images through Lightroom with the VSCO plugin recently and was blown away by the results.

John, can I ask, which preset was it that you used on the second image, with the guy sweeping at the group with his foot?

posted by Jonathan on 04.04.12 at 6:05 pm

[...] tools as a photographer.  Check it out for yourself here.  I also wrote a couple of reviews here and here with processed images if you want to find out [...]

posted by John Keatley - Arriving In Manila on 04.05.12 at 12:26 am

[...] December of last year I was cruising some different photographer’s blogs when I came across this post on John Keatley’s blog reviewing Visual Supply Co‘s film presets. I was intrigued [...]

[...] Here is the review I did on VSCO Film 01 earlier this year. [...]

[...] VSCO Film pack 01 // VSCO Film pack 02 //  VSCO Film pack 03 // VSCO Film pack 04 [...]

Looking forward to seeing a few more samples of before and after. Seen some cool wedding photos, that have been put through these actions. And i must say they are very pleasing to the eye.


posted by Dave Packer on 01.16.14 at 9:40 am

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