Wednesday 23 November 2011

VSCO: First Thoughts

So I haven't really given VSCO much of a chance. I downloaded it approximately 5 minutes ago and I clicked on a single picture. I haven't read the instructions yet (I'm a tad impatient) but I thought I'd publish my first thoughts, and seek your opinion.

If you're not a photographer, VSCO is a new way of processing the pictures that come straight from my camera, to make one's pictures look like they were shot on various films. The concept to me is exciting. I love the look of film - mainly the colour and beautiful skin tones. So far, however - I haven't been tempted to actually start shooting film as my current gear does such a good job - I love the instant feedback I get and the ability to shoot a frame many times if I want to (without an extra trip to the bank).

Cue VSCOfilm - the look of film for digital photographs. As I said I haven't spent much time on it yet, and I'm a little late to the party, but I thought I'd show you a straight out of camera picture (SOOC), a VSCOfilm edit (it really was one click) and an edit that I did myself, yesterday, before I downloaded VSCO.

So here's a question, which edit do you like better? To me, I really like both. I think the difference is quite subtle. A major advantage for the VSCO edit is that it was so quick. Literally one click. I've had a tinker with a couple of other photographs and that is what they require, a tinker.

I think the main take home for me, at the minute, is that tools like VSCOfilm are really great. With the photo above, it just did what I wanted it to. For some images that is exactly the look I'm going for. For others, I have a feeling like I'll want to take it in a different direction. Part of the creative process for me, is deciding which direction to take a picture in whilst editing. I don't want to use VSCOfilm on all my images just because I feel like that's what I should be doing. If I feel like I can do a better job another way to achieve the look I want, there will be no hesitation from me! :)

Don't consider this my definitive thoughts on VSCOfilm - I haven't had time for that yet! So more importantly, what do you think? Can you tell the difference? Have you got a favourite?

I'd really appreciate your feedback on this one!

Love, R. x


  1. I got the basic one the other day but TBH I haven't tried it out much. Keep us posted on how you get on x

  2. thanks for commenting Amanda! I will do! Very much looking forward to having a proper go with it :) x

  3. I don't really know much about photography but I still prefer the VSCO edit! Love your photos Rachel :) x

  4. Thanks Rachael! it's great to get your feedback! :) x

  5. I really want to get them...!!! With that being said, I like your edit better!

  6. I started using this a few weeks ago now, haven't made up my mind whether it will take over my usual editing routine/own actions... your edit seems a little softer than the VSCO one, which a slightly prefer. VSCO one seems touch green... but I still like both, it's hard to see a massive difference. How interesting! I need to play around with it more too. Although I do LOVE how quick it is!!!


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