*header image provided by Kyle Wilson of Hinterland StillsWhy Use Film Presets? Film presets are hugely popular nowadays, since the photography community as a whole has largely moved away from your crazy colorful HDR editing which has been the rage when DSLRs first came out. I think this is mostly because of people trying to catch a timeless style similar to the timeless film stocks, leading to the growth of many preset systems which attempt to do just that. We analyzed 3 of their most popular movie stocks from 3 methods so you can see for yourself how each performs in a big selection of shooting scenarios. The PresetsMastin Labs Fuji Pro Bundle – $99 – Mastin Fuji 1c. Fuji 160NS com/products/mastin-labs-fuji-pro-pack/Mastin Labs Kodak Portra Pack – $99 – Kodak Portra 160 com/products/mastin-labs-mastin-labs-kodak-portra-pack/VSCO Film 01 – $59 – Fuji 160C, Kodak Portra 160 co/store/film/01VSCO Film 05 – $59 – Kodak Gold 200 co/store/film/05Lightroom Zen Film – $75 – Fuji Pro, Portra, Kodak Gold lightroomzen. Com/shop/lightroom-zen-film-presetsMethodologyThe photographs were shot with a variety of cameras, including Canon 5d Ipersonally, 5d II, 5d III, NIkon d3200, d700, and d750. The RAW files were set to auto white balance and every preset was implemented as a one click edit, regardless of adjusting or tweaking. These are the basic presets employed, though each system supplies a variety of alterations or alternate versions of each Lightroom Presets film is picture stock. This purpose of this test is twofold; to compare many alternatives for consumers and give an impartial look at the results, and also to see how our own presets compare to the very finest in the company. We are proud of the work that went into making them and hope that you enjoy what you find. Click Images to EnlargeThoughts and ReviewsMastin LabsThese presets provide a very different look that some people consider the most precise for their movie counterparts. I’ve always found they look a little too sterile for the movie look I’m after. The colors are vibrant and exposures are often horizontal, requiring a bulge in contrast along with a drop in saturation. Fuji 160 is my very beloved preset from Mastin, however I really don’t like the blues and red tint to skin tones. I frequently include a great deal of tweak and contrast the HSL of those presets to get them closer to what I want, but the Fuji 160 is a wonderful beginning point for bright scenes and knots. Portra 160 is my favorite preset from this set of comparisons. I find the pictures apartment with a very basic color toning which reminds me of in-camera profiles. I don’t suggest that preset, because it was my favorite of the Portra’s in each test. Mastin Lab’s presets are crafted to recreate stocks accurately