Steve’s recent review of Exposure 5 is a great, comprehensive article. We liked it so much that we thought we’d share it with everyone. It was originally published in Photo Technique magazine’s September/October 2013 issue. Thanks a million to Steve Dreyer and everyone at Photo Technique!
Alien Skin Exposure 5
By Steve Dreyer
I often look at my twin lens Rolleicord and old Kodak and Nikon F3 film cameras that sit proudly on the shelf in my office. The shelf is situated to my left as I walk towards my desk where I have all my digital equipment−almost to remind me of the way it was! There was just something special, even magical, about the feeling I had when I picked these cameras up to photograph something and later went back to my darkroom or over to a custom lab to see the images come to life.
But now I use DSLRs and post-processing to achieve my vision. Software programs are getting better all the time, as they incorporate algorithms for adjusting sharpness to noise to everything in between. The programs we use are, or should be, dictated by what we want to accomplish, possible client or gallery requirements, and the ease of use and control that they give us to create that final image−our vision of the scene we saw when we pressed the shutter. However, I still love the look of film and that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to experiment with the latest Alien Skin Exposure version 5.