Mastin Labs Portra 400

 
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Canon 5D mkIII 50mm 1.2L f1.4 - Mastin Labs Kodak Portra

Photographer friends, today we are sharing a behind-the-scenes review of our experience editing our digital images using their Kodak Portra Lightroom Presets. 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 Alien Skin, VSCO and Replicrome) but often had a hard time achieving consistency when editing an entire wedding.  *** If you are looking for a Mastin Labs discount code, as of August 2015 use the code FILMHAPPY10 to receive 10% off Mastin Labs ***  Update:  Currently Mastin Labs is having a black friday discount for up to 50% off it's packs.  Go check it out at mastinlabs.com

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Canon 5D mkIII 50mm 1.2L f1.2 - Mastin Labs Kodak Portra 400

We may be Fuji lovers at heart, but for almost a year we processed our images with Portra 400 from Mastin Labs (prior to the fuji pack being released). Recently I've been dabbling back in the Portra pack. Just like shooting with real film, Fuji and Portra are BOTH amazing in different scenarios - and both have advantages to their look. Most notably, the Portra 400 preset has warmer/darker greens and the highlights are slightly more blown out. I particularly LOVE the look of Portra's highlights on skin tones, and it's what keeps drawing me back! It gives skin a really pretty glow and closely resembles the look of real film.  In this post you'll find some before and after examples of photos straight out of camera vs. photos edited with Mastin’s Kodak Portra 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! On left are some examples of images straight-out-of-camera (SOOC) vs images on the right processed with Mastin Labs Kodak Portra.

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Canon 5D mkIII 100mm 2.8L f2.8 - Mastin Labs Kodak Portra 400

When editing with Mastin Labs, I recommend bringing the images into lightroom and applying the preset of your choice first (before tweaking the color balance or exposure). Here is a video I created demonstrating how I edit with Portra 400.

In this case, I first applied the Portra 400 preset. For personal preference, I then add "Lens Correction On", followed by "Medium Format Grain", I bring saturation from "-5" up to "0" and bump up the shadows to about +15 (for starters). From there, I make slight adjustments to the exposure and color temperature on the individual images. And that's really all it takes! Mastin has a lot of great film emulation adjustments for highlights/shadows built-in (shadow soft, highlight hard, all soft, all hard, ect), however, I prefer to adjust mine manually.

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Canon 5D mkIII 50mm 1.2L f1.2 - Mastin Labs Kodak Portra 400

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Canon 5D mkIII 50mm 1.2L f1.2 - Mastin Labs Kodak Portra 400

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Canon 5D mkIII 50mm 1.2L f1.6 - Mastin Labs Kodak Portra 400

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Canon 5D mkIII 50mm 1.2L f1.2 - Mastin Labs Kodak Portra 400

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Canon 5D mkIII 50mm 1.2L f1.4 - Mastin Labs Kodak Portra 400

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Canon 5D mkIII 50mm 1.2L f1.2 - Mastin Labs Kodak Portra 400

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