VSCO Film Simulation

We are all familiar to a degree with film simulation, as this is what many Instagram filters do (albeit in a very exaggerated way).  Unfortunately due to the overuse of such filters, film simulation probably gets a bit of a bad rap.  There are better options out there, though, that do produce an authentic film look and can transport us back to another era.  Those of us who grew up assiduously flicking through issue after issue of National Geographic can associate with this feeling. 

Personally, for better or worse, I love the film look for travel and street photography.  Would I shoot these on film?  Hell no! ;)  But an authentic look can be obtained via "profile" collections like those from VSCO.  I was lucky enough to get a bunch of these a while back for free under a special offer.  And I've been revisiting some of my recent India images, processing them in Lightroom with VSCO presets.  I don't anticipate putting many, if any, of the images up on my website here (I accept they will suffer from a "gimick" effect), but I will post them on my Wild Photo Australia Facebook and Google+ pages in time.

But in the meantime, here's a couple of images to give you an idea of the kinds of looks you can get.

On the train to Agra


Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal