The Writings

Christine + Preston Wedding Re-Edit with VSCO Film Pack 05


Shut up and take my money, VSCO.

Earlier this week, Visual Supply Company released a film pack that Andrew and I were eager to get our hands on. For those unfamiliar, VSCO creates digital products that emulate film for your editing purposes. Because Andrew and I are film nostalgists and adore the days of analog, VSCO fits our photographic styles perfectly.

While I already have my favorites from film packs of yore, I was excited to test out the new "films" for myself. And with the upcoming trip to San Diego for the Marine Corps Trials, I wanted to experiment to see if there was anything I'd be interested in using for the event.

So, on what to test out the packs? I wanted something that gave me a huge variety of outdoors, indoors, dark, light, inanimate and animate objects. It hit me immediately: Christine and Preston's wedding from July in Thorpewood! They had an outdoor wedding, but preparation and the reception were indoors, and the day had a great combination of daytime/night/artificial lighting. Huzzah!

One thing I did not anticipate was the amount of time it would take to edit the photos I selected. The reason? I was having entirely way too much fun experimenting with all of the different films! It was quite overwhelming, since they gave you so many to choose from!

Despite the plethora of possibilities, one thing is undeniably clear: there is absolutely no amount of filters or Photoshop editing that can fix a terrible shot. While there's a lot of fun to be had with the variety of VSCO film packs, if the shot is not good, all the film pack is going to do is turn a weak photo into a weak photo with a filter on it. These should be used to enhance an already-great photo - you have to know how to use your equipment before you should even consider something like VSCO.

After a while of editing, I noticed I tended to gravitate towards certain films in certain situations, and I definitely have my favorites. However, the end result was a very exciting, fresh, new look to a previously-shot wedding. Plus, there was a lot of thinking back to that day when I got to shoot with Alicia!

Take a look at my favorites from the day and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Until next time,

- Patrick