A Nikon analog camera on a table

TVK Film

TVK Film is a free Lightroom preset that gives images a classic analog aesthetic while retaining their natural look. Its deep and high-contrast tones add definition to portraits and scenes. The enhancements it applies also blend well with the subdued cool tones and retro film style.

This film preset is ideal to use for outdoor photos, especially travel photography. It makes portraits expressive and urban scenes vibrantly dramatic. Because of its conservative aesthetic, you can use this preset for most types of lighting. Try it as an Instagram filter, too! Its polished look can help you attain a cohesive and professional look.

Brightens Images

A vibrant headshot of a woman wearing yellowish sunglasses

Brightening. The preset begins by adding light to the image. It increases exposure and further pushes the brilliance of highlights. As a result, light regions would appear more illuminated. This effect is great for portraits because it brightens the subject’s face.

Try to examine the After photo above. The portrait is much more brilliant; the highlights on the woman’s face are now in bright white. This effect helps add contrast as well, as you will see in the next example.

Deepens Shadows

A brightened photo of two women holding flowers at their backs

Crisp Darks. The preset intensifies parts of the dark region to add contrast. This, in effect, broadens the tonal range. TVK Film pushes both ends further by brightening highlights (as mentioned above) and darkening shadows. You, therefore, get rich and crisp blacks.

These adjustments consequently add more depth to the image. In the After photo above, examine the effect on the flower stems, the fields, and the women’s hair. These add dimension to the photo, especially with the high-key background.

Lowers the Saturation of Cool Hues

A brightened film photo of a little boy in a blue shirt

Dark and Cool. To create its film look, the preset lowers the saturation of aqua and blue. These cool colors, as a result, look darker. TVK Film does so sparingly, just enough to enhance its film aesthetic without sacrificing much of the color integrity. It lowers purple a bit as well to moderate the effect of brightening in skin tones.

You can examine the result in the example above. Look at the little boy’s blue shirt in the After photo. The cool blue hues look rich and deep despite the all the applied brightening settings. You can also notice more detail and tone, partly because of the preset’s sharpening enhancement.

Adds Film Texture

A bright and vivid outdoor photo of a man lifting a woman

Film Effect. As a finishing touch, TVK Film adds some effects that we would expect from a film emulation. It adds fine grain and the classic vignetting. These complete the preset’s analog look.

You can spot these in the After photo above. Look at the darkened edges of the image. Observe the overall finish, too. The grains beautifully blend with the overall sharpening.

TVK Film is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use the TVK Film preset as is, right out of the box. With any preset, you might need to make adjustments to accommodate your specific camera, settings, lighting and subject matter.

  • Entirely Adjustable
  • Compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC
  • Performs with both PC, Mac, and Mobile
  • Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
  • 100% Free

Free Lightroom Preset by Tiffany VK Photography

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