OK, so I’ve been on board with VSCO for four years now. I’ve documented my history with VSCO pretty laboriously, and you can see that here. (As well as that, you can see my reviews of VSCO 05 and VSCO 06) and I figured it was time to do a VSCO Film 07 review as well, to add to the collection.
First, a brief disclaimer: I currently use all of my own presets. They’re based on VSCO camera profiles, but the presets are highly modified to match my look and vision. I’m not currently using VSCO for paid work, so these photos will not match my typical aesthetic.
These presets have the been heavily dialed down on the highlights, shadows, and contrast. They aren’t punchy—rather, they’re fairly soft, light, and a bit more colorful (based on the variants).
My favorites stops along the way have been Fuji 160S and Agfa Ultra(s). These seem to match a look that is more my style and seem to blend the colors more in-line with my vision. They’re versatile and can be adjusted for extra pop, sharp reds, deep shadows, and a lot of drama (which is all right up my alley).
I don’t think 07 is as strong of a set as 05 and 01, however I think that 07 is, in my opinion, one of the best base systems for modification. The colors they bring out are subtle (like I said, not contrasty or tenaciously vibrant) however, the underlining foundation of these presets are a pretty strong foundation for customization and for adjusting to get a unique look.
I wouldn’t bother with the Black and Whites in this set—they’re nowhere near as strong as the ones in 06 or 05. You could easily adjust the B&Ws to have more contrast, but the initial contrast is a bit too weak for me and they seem too similar to B&Ws from other preset packs. As for the color presets, the skin tones seem to be more green-cast across the board, but they fit the vibe of the presets. They Warm and Cool moods of the presets do add a pretty heavy layer of blue shadows/red shadows, but you can dial those back as needed.
I’m always fond of VSCO and proud of what they’re doing for the photographic community. If you’re a photographer looking to modify a good base, I would go with 07. If you’re inexperienced and just looking for a starting place in post-production, I would check out packs 01, 05, and 06. They’re great standalone that don’t need as much adjustment.
All these photos are one-click. The only thing adjusted is white balance and exposure. Everything else is ‘out of the box’.
FUJI SENSIA 100
FUJI SENSIA 100
AGFA RSX 50II +
AGFA RSX200 II+
AGFA ULTRA 100 COOL
AGFA ULTRA 100 –
AGFA ULTRA 100+
KODAK ELITE 50 II COOL
KODAK PLUS-X 125 –
AGFA ULTRA 100
Ilford Pan F Plus 50-1