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A few weeks ago, we did behind the scenes blog post showing before/afters of our digital photos processed with the new Fuji Pro Pack from Mastin Labs. We had an overwhelming amount of positive responses to the post, and several photographers requesting that we share some of our digital vs. film examples!

Though no film emulation presets will ever be identical to film, we feel like Mastin Labs gets our images close enough, where we just need a few tweaks. Film has a really beautiful depth to it, and it’s coloring can vary depending on where you get it scanned/developed. So those two factors will never get digital and film photos to look exactly alike with just one click.

Here are some of our digital vs. film photos from Joni + Conner’s Joshua Tree engagement shoot we photographed this past Spring. The digital photos were shot on the Canon 5dMkIII with the 50 mm 1.2 or the 85 mm 1.2 and processed with Fuji Pro 400H Neutral and then tweaked from there!

(Below: Left image is digital processed with Mastin Labs Fuji Pro Pack, Right image is fuji 400H film shot on the Contax 645)

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We still love shooting film, and in no way are we using Mastin presets to replace film, but they are a great tool in helping us mesh the two together :) We feel like film has made us better photographers in a lot of ways…and has helped us fine tune our coloring/editing.

(Below: Left images are digital processed with Mastin Labs Fuji Pro Pack, Right images are fuji 400H film shot on the Contax 645)

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We don’t usually shoot digital backup for all of our engagement/portrait sessions that we shoot on film. We just snapped a few this day because we went all the way out to Joshua Tree…so sorry that the angles aren’t exact :) Hopefully this gives you enough of an idea of how the presets work in conjunction with film.

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Hope you found this review helpful! We have been so thrilled with these presets, and would have shared about them for free, but Mastin is giving us a little kick back for any of our friends who decide to buy! Click HERE to check them out! Also, feel free to leave comments/questions below and we will do our best to answer!

  • Justin Douglas - When shooting digital & trying to match film white balance do you shoot Auto WB or use custom WB

  • Mason Schroder - Very nicely done!

  • Emily Jane Furney - Have you been using Richard’s in LA for developing and scanning?

  • Davy Priestley - awesome make my life more easier

We were thrilled to be apart of Christine and Dennis’s wedding at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast.  We loved how elegant their wedding from her lace ombre gown by Monique Lhuillier to the beautiful floral’s by the one and only White Lilac.  Thank you to Carrie from Details Details for doing such an amazing job coordinating such this wedding and making our job so fun! More thanks to Yuling Designs for the stunning stationary, hair + make up artist Theresa Haung, Studioe 205 videograhy, and awesome DJ-ing by Elevated Pulse!

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For photographers: All images in this post were edited using the Fuji Pro Pack from Mastin Labs. Click the link to read our full review and disclosure :)

We were honored to spend the weekend with this adorable Southern couple for their wedding at the beautiful Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes!  All of their guests flew in from out-of-town and started the weekend off with a fun rehearsal dinner and after party at The Strand House in Manhattan Beach. The next day, Kristen and Michael said their vows over looking the ocean and ended the night with their amazing dancing skills! Their wedding day was seamlessly put together by Michelle from Details Details, along with an amazing team that included Bloom Box Designs for floral decor, makeup by Design Visage, video by Mission Visual, and dessert by Sweet & Saucey!

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For photographers: All images in this post were edited using the Fuji Pro Pack from Mastin Labs. Click the link to read our full review and disclosure.

Erica and Frank are such a sweet and fun loving couple! We had so much fun shooting their engagement photos in Back Bay and loved how beautiful the colors turned out with with her blue dress! It always makes our job so easy and fun when couples have such a natural chemistry together, like Erica and Frank do. We can’t wait to shoot their wedding next May at the Bowers Museum alongside our friends + talented cinematographers, 618 Studios! It’s going to be an amazing day!

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For photographers: All images in this post were edited using the Fuji Pro Pack from Mastin Labs. Click the link to read our full review and disclosure.

  • Kelley Gilster - These are perfect!! Excited to be a part of their day alongside you guys in May

We are so excited to share a behind-the-scenes review of our experience editing our digital images with Mastin Labs Lightroom Presets. We have been editing with Mastin presets for a long time now and are loving the new Fuji Pro pack that they just released. As film/digital hybrid shooters ourselves, we love that these presets were created by a hybrid shooter and that they are subtle enough to use on an entire wedding. We have used several other film emulation presets in the past (including VSCO and Replicrome) but often had a hard time achieving consistency when editing an entire wedding.

Here are some before and after examples of photos straight out of camera vs. photos edited with Mastin’s Fuji Pro Pack. We only make small tweaks to the presets to get finished images we are really really happy with! Honestly, we have been so thrilled with these presets, and would have shared about them for free, but Mastin is giving us a little kick back for any of our friends who decide to buy! Click HERE to check them out!

The left image is straight out of camera (un-edited) vs. the right image edited using Mastin Fuji Pro LR presets.

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Below, the top image is straight out of the camera and the bottom image is edited using Mastin’s Fuji Pro Pack.

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The left image is straight out of camera and the right image is edited using Mastin Fuji Pro Pack.

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Things we are loving about the new Fuji Pro Pack: We are specifically liking the Fuji 160NS-C preset. When we shoot film, we favor shooting fuji, so this preset seems like the best fit! It has a really clean look, adjusts the greens and skin tones and gives the option to add some really pretty medium format grain.  If the preset seems too vibrant in color at first, adding the grain seems to neutralize it a bit. Other than adjusting white balance and exposure, sometimes we just have to slightly desaturate the the reds and greens in certain photos to achieve the look we want.

These presets won’t be the perfect fit for every photographer. We mainly shoot with prime lenses at a very low aperture (1.2 – 1.4) and only use flash when we absolutely have to (usually just during receptions). From what we’ve seen, the Mastin presets seem to work really well for photographers that shoot really wide open, and who overexpose slightly, similar to film shooters.

Below, the top image us straight out of camera and the bottom image is processed and edited using Mastin’s Fuji Pro Pack.

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Below, the left images are straight out of camera and the right images are edited using the Mastin Fuji Pro Pack.

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We thought it might be helpful to see how these preset work on a different shoot as well. Below are a few images from a recent engagement shoot. Love the look of Erica and Frank’s skin tones and the blue hue in her dress. Below, the left image is straight out of camera and the right image is edited using the Mastin Fuji Pro Pack.

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The top image is straight out of camera and the bottom image is edited using Mastin’s Fuji Pro Pack.

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Below, the left image is straight out of camera (un-edited), and the right image is edited using Mastin’s Fuji Pro Pack.

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We hope this review was helpful for some of our fellow photographer friends out there! If you decide to give Mastin Labs a try, leave us a comment below & let us know what you think!

  • Meredith Sledge - So helpful!!

  • Meredith Sledge - Did they offer you guys a discount code to give out or no? I’m assuming no. Haha.

  • Troy Grover - Meredith Sledge no, we don’t have a promo code! But wish we did…the presets rarely go on sale!

  • Casey Chateauvert - Just purchased! Excited to try these out. Thanks! :)

  • Denise Nicole Saucedo - I LOVE mastin labs and won’t use anything else but those presets. But can we talk about your SOOC for a hot second!!!!!!! Holy cow they are beautiful. Do you shoot Kelvin? And do you adjust your magentas and greens in camera???!!!! I’m blown away!!!!!!!

  • Katie Scott - Would LOVE insight on dialing back the greens and reds. I use VSCO right now but want to try Mastin, as VSCO seems to be a bit TOO punchy and too green. What part of LR are you using to dial that stuff back? Gosh I suck at editing =)

  • Whitney Turner - These presets are MAGICAL! I’ve never bought presets before because I didn’t know if I would really use them, but being such a fan of your work I couldn’t resist. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Mandi Carroll - Have you used VSCO? how do these compare? Thanks for sharing and gorgeous photos!!!