Lightroom series part 23: How to bring back the film look in Lightroom

Lightroom tutorial film effects
(Image credit: Sean McCormack)

You might call Lomography the anti-digital movement, striving to overcome the clinical capture of modern cameras. Cheap or expired films are part and parcel of the look, as are cameras with defects, allowing light to leak in. Plastic lenses round out the effect. Often the films used are cross-processed for wacky colours. It’s a little unpredictable, and that’s part of the fun.

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Sean McCormack

Sean McCormack is a commercial, and editorial photographer, book author, and regular contributor to Digital Camera magazine based in Galway, Ireland. He has extensive experience with Lightroom, dating back to its original beta version, and has tried out just about every plugin and preset available. His latest book is Essential Development 3: 25 Tips for Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module