Google’s Nik Collection just expanded with the recent addition of Analog Efex Pro. The new tool is designed to create some classic camera and vintage film effects to your modern images. I have always been one for tin types and wet plates so this sounded like a good chance to take the new software through its paces and see what it can do.
Analog Efex Pro To The Rescue
I had recently taken a bunch of photographs at Fort Bravo in Tabernas Spain for the 2013 Almeria Western Film Festival. The lighting was horrendous. It was pitch black out, with only a few flood lights illuminating the old movie set used for the film festival. What was a photographer to do except turn up the ISO and hope for the best. With the Analog Efex Pro I was able to package take what where some terribly noisy looking ISO 256,000 shots and turn them into something nostalgic and passable. Here is a small set of example images from the evening.
Vintage Camera Emulation
Analog Efex supports a wide range of vintage camera emulations. While the options don’t name specific camers you’ll get some filters that have the feeling of some classic film cameras including the following
- Toy Camera (i.e Holga)
- Vintage Camera (i.e. 80’s SLR with slide film)
- Color Casts (i.e. Poloroid instant Camera)
- Wet Plate
There is also the capability to build out your own custom camera. Custom camera’s are build by defining a set of custom values for a wide set of attributes. While the full list of controlable attributes is too extensive to list here you will be able to control things including Bokeh, Lens Distortion, light leaks, dirt and scratches, film type, and lens vignette to name a few.
Like all the other Nik packages the interface is easy to navigate and a breeze to use. The wet plate presets for one were great fun. You won’t run out of options anytime soon. For more information visit the Nik Website. Nik Analog Efex Pro is included in the Nik Collection that can be purchased for 149 USD online. If you’ve made your own wet plate style images share a link in the comments.