Real Life Color? Yes Please!

One of the reasons many photographers opt for film as their favorite medium is color.  The rendering of colors on film is so different compare to digital.  There is a "realness" quality of color on film that simply cannot be duplicated in any Lightroom preset or Photoshop action.  The color on film seems to be "alive"!  This is particularly true for skin tones.  I think skin stone is one of the hardest color to edit when I used to shoot digital.  If you are as picky about skin tones I am, you understand what I mean. In my opinion, I feel film renders truer skin tone than digital.  Let me show you couple of examples below:


Camera: Nikon F100 | Lens: Nikon 85mm f1.8D | Film: Fuji 400h pushed one stop

Notice the cherubic, peachy and luminous skin tones here in the film image?  Now, let's take a look at the digital image of the same little boy below.



Camera: Nikon D700 | Lens: Nikon 135mm f2.0 | No preset or action used

Although I tried to edit my digital image as close to "film like" as possible, I still cannot imitate the beautiful, luminous, life-like skin tone like film.

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Here is another example of how pale skin really shines on film.  This ginger head boy has naturally very pale skin tone.  Look how gorgeous it is on film!


The quality of color on film is not limited to skin tones of course, it also render gorgeous reds, greens, blues and yellows.  Here are some of my favorites from Little Bellows Fans: