One of my most popular posts on my website was my first review of the Noble Signature presets. I wanted to check back in to share that, yes, I am still using the signature preset. I am a film and digital wedding and newborn photographer based in upstate NY. I use the Noble Signature preset to help match my film scans from Richard Photo Lab. I find that the preset works best with Fuji 400h, but I also use it to match Portra 400 with a bit more tweaking.
I first wanted to set some expectations and share a few tips to help get the best result when using this preset. So here we go:
You first need to understand what good light is and how to properly expose your images. I always use open shade, window light and backlight with a reflective surface to light my subjects.
Know what reflective surfaces are and how they impact skin tones. For example, if you are shooting a subject on bright green grass, you will get a color cast of green on their skin tones. I shoot primarily in the Northeast where we have a lot of rain and very green grass. I often have to add quite a bit of magenta to my images to balance out the greens if I can’t find a neutral reflective surface.
No preset will be a one click wonder. I often make tweaks to white balance, tone and clarity. I also love using the Noble enhancers. My favorites are 7a Greens Natural and 16 Reception Flash. When I am shooting Portra film I do have to make some modifications to a few color sliders, but I have that saved as a preset to make it fast.
I recommend slightly underexposing. Bringing up shadows is easier than trying to save the highlights.
I personally use Auto White Balance for my camera.
If you are editing against film images, I recommend using the reference view in Lightroom. This allows you to have an anchor reference image to edit against.
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One of the most frequent questions in my last post was to see some SOOC images. I am back to share some more recent work and compare them to my film images.
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