Faking Kodachrome in Camera?

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  1. Cinka

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    I've been trying to figure out how to fake Kodachrome for a while now and have come up with some labor intensive Photoshop adjustments and built actions, but it's never the same or I can't seem to get close.

    Is there a way to fake the Kodachrome look with a digital SLR? Gels? Filters? Settings?

    Thanks!

    Reference: Flickr: The Library of Congress' stuff tagged with slidefilm

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    As Kodachrome(r) is readily available, why not just use it? Believe me, it looks exactly like Kodachrome(r) without a moment spent on post-processing!
     
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    I agree with Torus34, but if you still want to do it digitally, try the trial version of alien skin, it does ok, but still???
     
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    Torus34 and popawalker, somehow the two of you missed the point of the OP. The whole idea is that she does not want to get the effect using post-processing....she wants to do it right in the camera. Kodachrome film might be available but she's specifically asking how she'd get the effect using a digital SLR.
     
  5. It would take some tweaking, and be ineffective, but if you shoot JPG (or RAW + JPG combined) you can set hue, saturation, brightness, sharpness, contrast and a number of other settings. It might get you closer, but never close enough.

    Theoretically it ought to be possible... I'm surprised the film makers don't push to set up profiles which might be uploadable to cameras so the look can be emulated. Might be a minor profit center for them, esp. if they could OEM the settings.
     
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    This would be great! I wish it would happen, but until then, I think you (the OP) are going to have to stick with PPing the photos. Because of the nature of digital and applying actions, they will react different everytime due to whatever data is in the image.
     
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    Torus, you're so right...except, I don't have a film camera anymore. My sister "borrowed it" and can't find it now. My fiancee had a great little Pentax that he gave to his son. It's digital or nothing.

    I actually forgot about the the RAW settings maybe I'll play around with that and see how close I can get. I also haven't used Alien Skin in about 10 years. They have a "kodachrome" feature?
     
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    Crank up the contrast and saturation and underexpose by a stop, maybe? Just guessing.
     
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    Cinka:

    You can find loads of fine 35mm rigs on eBay for very little cost. The Konicas in particular are going at low bids. They're fine old workhorses. So are the Mamiyas, Yashicas and Minoltas.
     
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    "Mamma don't take my Kodachrome... Mamma don't take my Kodachrome...Mamma don't take my Kodachrome awaaay..." "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon



    Yeah... the Kodachrome setting is right next to the amazing portrait setting.

    Kodachrome's tonal values should be left to the now ill fated K-14 process. I think there is a whopping 2 labs in the U.S that still process it. Tell us what you like about the film and we can tell you how to sort of emulate it. Easy answer; If you shoot Nikon set your WB at Cloudy +2 for all daylight temp photos.

    Edit: We are down to one K-14 lab in the whole world. Who would of thunk it.

    Dwayne's Photo Service
    415 S. 32nd Street
    Parsons, KS 67357
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    (620) 421-3940
    Toll Free: 1-800-522-3940
    Fax: (620) 421-3174


    Love & Kodachrome
     
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    Kodchrome is great stuff, I scanned some of my family's old slides from the 50's and 60's , they still look great!
     
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