Alien Skin's Exposure is the best plugin for film filters I have ever seen and used. Other applications tend to over-emphasize the film grain or saturate the colors to the point of surreal quality. Exposure on the other hand, gives you subtle and real film grain samples, making your images beautiful.
- Intuitive GUI, making your adjustments simple
- Dozens of real-world analyzed film stocks
- Several preview options to compare between the effect selected and the original image
- Adjustments can be made to the film grains themselves, providing even more possibilities for unique effects which are proprietary to your own artistic expression
- Black & White and Color film stocks offered
- Save your own unique profiles
- Ability to import specialized profiles into another Exposure application (i.e., desktop computer, laptop, second workstation, etc.)
- Easy access to elaborate manipulations of the film stocks
- Non-destructive editing
- Easy to apply color filtering to images
- Duotones, split tones, and more are possible for Black & White images
- Unlimited Undo / Redo
- Scriptable with Photoshop Actions
- Settings which mimic cross processing, push processing, and lomo effects
I remember shooting my Olympus IS-3 DLX in college (I suppose this may reveal my age!). I would purchase different film brands and ISO levels to experiment with how the images would turn out. Well, this became very expensive, and I finally stuck to basic Fuji and Kodak film of ISO 400 because it was relatively inexpensive and did the job. At that time I wouldn't have thought it possible to emulate over 80 film stocks, right at my fingertips in my dorm room, sitting at a computer. Times have certainly changed, and I am so excited about using Exposure, it brings back the creativity and experimental side I used to have when I was younger. While programs such as Photoshop can help bring out one's originality, there still has been a void in the film stock area. But no more. Exposure is breaking new ground in the area of digital representation of analog images.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PLUS
DigitalDingus gives Alien Skin's Exposure an HR+. Giving it anything less would be an injustice. If you've only been shooting for a few years you may not realize the extent to which Alien Skin took to get the film stocks. If you're a professional photographer, and have been shooting for over a decade, you will certainly realize the power you have at your fingertips.
Exposure gives digital images more "softness" if the user deems it necessary. If you've been shooting digital from the start, you probably won't notice, but for veteran shooters, this is often talked about on photography website forums. Sometimes a digital image looks "digital" and comes across as too harsh or too sharp. Exposure can take away these symptoms and make your image more pleasant to view.
The price of Exposure is $199 but if you own any other Alien Skin product, the price drops to $99. This is the same pricing scheme with other Alien Skin products. If Exposure will be your first Alien Skin application, the $199 price is worth it.