Lightroom presets might make editing easier but they don't make you a better photographer

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(Image credit: Lauren Scott)

It's true that while I didn't grow up in the true film era – when digital wasn't an option – I did spend a lot of time, money and effort shooting and crucially developing film when I was studying photography at university.

One of the biggest advantages of trying film photography is that it offered me a way to learn – sometimes the hard way – things that I can now apply to digital imaging. A key lesson was how to expose manually (check out our manual exposure mode cheat sheet for a refresher), but another was how all the different types of film would give me different effects when they were developed.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.