During the long weekend I downloaded and experimented with a trial version of Exposure 4 by Alien Skin. Exposure 4 is a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The program is an easy to use film simulator filled to the brim with presets mimicking discontinued films, dark room tricks, and lo-fi camera idiosyncrasies.
Kodak Technical Pan, Daguerreotype, AGFA APX 25, and Polaroid Polapan
Included in this post is a small collection of some of the presets available in Exposure 4. For users that grow out of picking and choosing presets to suit their whims; Exposure has six editing controls – Color, Tone, Focus, Grain, IR, and Age.
Sunlight Faded, Fuji Provia 100F, Agfacolor Neu, and Polaroid SX-70
A major drawback to Exposure 4 which is likely to scare off potential users is its $199 US price tag. There is no doubt in my mind that a lot of work was put into this software but keep in mind the entire Nik Collection of photo editing plug-ins costs a comparatively low $149 US. Even Lightroom 4, the product Exposure is a plug-in for retails at $149 US.
Cross Processed Fuji Sensia 100 and Kodak Portra 400VC
If you are looking for a powerful film simulating software than you’ll probably be very happy with Exposure 4. If you are simply looking to add a few lo-fi quirks to your images because you’ve outgrown Instagram than you’ll likely be steered away by the product’s price tag.
Wet Plate Tabbed, Kodak Transparency, Negative, and Grungy Print
Don’t be afraid to try. Give your digital photos the look of film with a 15 day trial of Exposure 4.