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VSCO A Series: Analog/ Aesthetic Walkthrough

This is the second of my VSCO Cam walkthrough series- the first one looked at the G series: Portraits presets. These days I find myself using the A6 preset as my go-to for everyday photos.

VSCO says... " With natural tones, subtle color shifts, and slight fading, Analog / Aesthetic is inspired by classic analog film. Well-suited for interiors, portraits and food photography, this A Series Pack is perfect for those desiring an understated look to complement their images."

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(All images after this point are my own)

A4 preset

VSCO A Series: Analog/ Aesthetic Walkthrough A4 preset
VSCO A Series: Analog/ Aesthetic Walkthrough A4 preset

A4 preset gives you a bit of a slight fade, desaturation, and warm sepia toning to the midtones and shadows- giving it a warm mellow faded photograph look. It increases the richness and depth of browns.

A5 preset

VSCO A Series: Analog/ Aesthetic Walkthrough A5 preset
VSCO A Series: Analog/ Aesthetic Walkthrough A5 preset

A5 preset uses a medium fade and a noticable blueish magenta cast to shadows and midtones. Shadow details are crushed and midtones are contrasty. A cool look for photojournalist style pictures, not always flattering for portraits.

A6 preset

VSCO A Series: Analog/ Aesthetic Walkthrough A6 preset
VSCO A Series: Analog/ Aesthetic Walkthrough A6 preset

I love the skin tones the A6 Analogue/Aesthetic preset gives in portraits, the warmth and richness it gives to browns, and clean minimalist feel it gives to an image because of the light desaturation and the fact that some of the highlight details are crushed and light colours are shifted towards pure white.

A6 is my favourite Analogue/Aesthetic preset and the one that I have been using the most lately. I'll be going into more detail in the next post about the A6 preset style and how to get the look in Lightroom 5.

plug: I have some VSCO Cam inspired presets for sale-  you can pick up a bundle of 4 A6 preset styles, or bundled in together with my M5 Subtle Fade presets at my Etsy store 

Examples of the A6 preset applied to a variety of photographs are shown below

Keep reading after the jump!

VSCO A Series: Analog/ Aesthetic Walkthrough A6 preset
VSCO A Series: Analog/ Aesthetic Walkthrough A6 preset

VSCO Cam Presets: G Series

G1-G3 My addiction to VSCO started when I first discovered the free iPhone app a couple of years ago after speaking to Ilyana. Then I fell down the rabbit hole into the wonderful world of film emulation via VSCO Film for Lightroom, VSCO Cam bundles that I paid for, and more recently- the VSCO Grid.

The VSCO Cam presets are a fun and easy way to make your images look great on social media, but they are also a great way to discover new editing styles - especially when you see the amazing work on the curated VSCO Grid. I wanted to do a post on some of my favourite VSCO presets, and hopefully get a few editing ideas and inspiration on the way!

VSCO Cam Presets G Series reviewed on Straight No Chaser

The VSCO Cam G Series: Portraits.

The VSCO Cam G Series: Portraits pack delivers unparalleled presets for skin tone processing. Available for purchase within VSCO Cam, these presets deliver vibrant portraits, capturing fresh and even-toned skin. With brilliant hues and smooth coloring, G1, G2, and G3 are a must-have collection of presets for any photographer." 

Note: on the collage above, the top row are processed with the G3 preset, the second row with G2, and the third row is unedited. The bottom left image of wine barrels is processed with G3, and the bottom right is unedited.

G3

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(all images above processed with VSCO Cam G3)

The VSCO Cam G3 preset is one of my most often used presets for social sharing. Although the G series (G1, G2, G3) was developed specifically for portraits, I don't really see G3 as a portrait edit- the teal shadows, high contrast, and saturated skin tones are not what I would consider a conventional portrait preset. I prefer it for urban landscapes, interiors and social photos that require a bit of 'pop'. It is ridiculously good for architectural images.

What I've noticed:

  • Colour shifts: darker pinks and reds are shifted towards bright tangerine orange. Blues and orange tones are super saturated.
  • Split toning: G3 adds a steel blue cast to deep tones, and a teal cast to certain mid tones. Warm golden tones are added to lighter shades in the image. Because of this split toning, darker images tend to be quite teal toned and cool, whereas brighter images then to be quite warm and creamy toned.
  • Contrast and sharpness is increased; and the details in highlight and shadows are crushed- which smooths skin tones in images of people and increases drama in other images

 

Keep reading after the jump!

G2 

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(All images above processed with G2)

VSCO G2 I haven't used as much, probably because it didn't come with the initial free bundle. It is similar to G3 in that it is high contrast, shifts reds to bright vivid orange, and gives highlights a warm golden quality. It's perhaps more warmer in tone overall, and has less prominent blue/teal split toning in the shadows.

 

Images below are original unedited versions.

Canberra Lerida Estate Winery Canberra Lake Burley GriffenleridaCanberra Mount Stromlo ObservatoryCanberra Lerida Estate

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

(unedited images)

* all images have been taken by me. Do you reproduce these without my permission.