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How to get skin tone like classical B&W film

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On 10/27/2020 at 6:17 PM, evikne said:

I guess the sample pack only contains one B&W profile and a few color profiles, and your image(s) probably didn't match the sample profiles very well. Once you have the full package, it is much more likely that you'll find a profile that fits.

Using film profiles also requires a suitable input image, for example nobody is going to get a contrasty B&W image resembling Tri-X if the input image is already contrasty or if the starting point is a super saturated colour image. In other words the film profile is not an example of artificial intelligence, it is more like a dumb overlay and applying one is not a 'bish, bash, bosh' recipe for success. And if nobody ever used Tri-X IRL it's another learning curve in understanding what it's true characteristics are. But it doesn't really matter if a Tri-X profile doesn't really look like Tri-X film, the name shouldn't define the image, if the photographer gets near to what they want with a Tri-X profile it's illogical not to refer to it as a Tri-X profile if that's the button that was pressed. But it's 'Tri-X' on top of something else. 

The idea of dismissing film profiles because they don't end up looking like the film concerned is just another lazy way of saying 'I can't be bothered with the learning curve', they aren't and never have been a magic bullet. But then this thread has all been about the inability to do anything without the crutch of a 'magic bullet'.

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