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06/03/2008 09:40:42 AM · #1
I have been always in awe of black and white film photographs but never quite was able to replicate the same look and feel to digital ones. The single most distinguishing factor has been the grit or noise. The film noise is so much more appealing to the eye than the ones in digital. Is there a way one can add the perfect film noise to photographs?

A perfect example of this kind of work is this particular photo

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I would love to hear from the experts here. I have used the Alienskin exposure 2 a number of times but I am still struggling to reach here.
06/03/2008 09:55:44 AM · #2
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I'm no expert by any means, but I achieved the graininess here by bumping up my ISO quite a bit.

Message edited by author 2008-06-03 09:56:07.
06/03/2008 10:14:02 AM · #3
Are you using Windoze? Grab the Virtual Photographer plug-in choose a Black and White effect you like then Grain to your taste by changing the Film Speed to 400, 800 or 1600 ASA.

Virtual Photog is Here.

Message edited by author 2008-06-03 10:16:18.
06/03/2008 10:27:27 AM · #4
There are some stand-alone products, but if you use Photoshop, the "Add Noise" filter can do a very good job. You have a range of choices, and if you add the noise on a separate (duplicate) image layer you can easily control it via blend modes and opacity.
06/03/2008 10:31:53 AM · #5
I would suggest if you add the noise using photoshop that you blur it once or twice since film grain is smoother than digital grain.
06/03/2008 10:37:59 AM · #6
Have you tried the Film FX & Grain Simulator action? You just need to get an Adobe logon. Or PM me and I'll email it to you.

I love these actions. They do a really nice job of adding realistic film grain.
06/03/2008 10:49:27 AM · #7
i really like exposure, by alien skin
06/03/2008 11:32:42 AM · #8
Thank you all for your help.
I shall try some of these techniques and get back with results.
06/03/2008 12:04:08 PM · #9
I personally like noise in many images but in many cases, it doesn't go over well at DPC. Many voters still consider it a major flaw.
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