How to Get Realistic Film Grain Using Displacement Mapping

November 13, 2016

I wrote this article explaining why most film grain effects look fake when applied to digital photos. Here is a step-by-step tutorial to get realistic film grain in Photoshop. I am using Photoshop CS6, but it should work in any version with the displacement map feature. 1) Open up your… Read more

Why Film Grain Effects Look Fake

November 13, 2016

I can almost always tell when someone applies fake film grain to a digital photo. It doesn’t look right. It looks as if someone just overlayed film grain on top of an image. I think I’ve figured out why. Looking at a photo taken with real film, it looks like it has… Read more

Famous Black and White Photo from Henri Cartier Bresson

4 Free Black and White Presets

August 21, 2012

These are not the same as our M-Monochrom Look Preset. You can find that preset here. Here are 4 free black and white presets for Lightroom 4 and higher. They are designed to emulate a classic rangefinder look. Let us know what you think. The 4 Free Black and White… Read more

Is the Leica Look Real?

August 17, 2012

We get a lot of people asking the question, “Is the Leica Look Real?” These people usually fall into one of two camps. Some are skeptical as to whether a “Leica Look” really exists. They claim that almost any black and white photo with depth of field can be mistaken… Read more