How to Shoot Fuji Velvia on a DSLR

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When I started my photography journey, the film I preferred most was Fuji Velvia with an ISO rating of 50.  When viewing the slides after a shoot, images held rich, vibrant tones that seemed to leap to life on the lightbox. 

Recently, I've found a very simple and effective way to apply that amazing look to digital photographs. It's actually a preset in Exposure 5 from Alien Skin.

If you're wondering why I keep raving about this software, see the results for yourself with the before and after shots below.  This did not involve heavy editing, but was accomplished in just one click.  

 

BEFORE PROCESSING

RAW IMAGE STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA.

RAW IMAGE STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA.

ONE CLICK LATER

FINISHED IMAGE AFTER APPLYING FUJI VELVIA 50 PRESET in ALIEN SKIN EXPOSURE 5 SOFTWARE.

FINISHED IMAGE AFTER APPLYING FUJI VELVIA 50 PRESET in ALIEN SKIN EXPOSURE 5 SOFTWARE.

It's so exciting to have this kind of creative possibility when using a DSLR. The convenience of digital photography meets the dramatic look of film.  

Here's a side by side comparison: 

BEFORE 

BEFORE 

AFTER 

AFTER 

ABOUT THE IMAGE: This photo was taken in the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro.  If you'd like to see more travel photography tips, be sure to check out episode 1 of my new series "Adventures from Abroad".  Thanks!

 

Chris Corradino