For Photographers: Tricks and Tips: Alien Skin Exposure 5

The very kind people at Alien Skin just sent me their latest update, Exposure 5, and it is awesome.

I have been using Exposure since I stumbled across it a few years ago as a Photoshop plug-in for both the colour and black & white filters for all my wedding photographs. It essentially allows you to make digital photographs look as though they were taken on film and has lots of built-in, fully-customisable effects. If you haven’t tried it, you can download a free trial at and if you like it, there’s a discount code on my resources for photographers page.

The reason I am so excited about this latest version is because it now works as a plug-in for Aperture, allowing you to batch edit your images. Previously, my workflow was as follows:

  • download and select images in Aperture
  • re-touch images in Photoshop
  • export JPEGs from Aperture
  • send entire JPEG folder through a Photoshop action to apply my desired Exposure effect

I tried using Lightroom in combination with VSCO but found Alien Skin and Aperture far more intuitive to work with. And now that they work together I can apply my treatment at the click of a button.

I have just had a quick play with the new version and it looks great. The presets are awesome, and equally as important for me, the user customisations are as good as ever. This will take about an hour off my workflow for each wedding and result in even better looking images.

I’m in Mexico this month shooting for a couple of the Condé Naste titles. Below are some shots I took this afternoon of the waitress who has been looking after us in the local café. I applied ‘669 – Slightly soft and yellow (blur)’ from the Polaroid menu on the first image and ‘Ilford Delta 3200′ on the second.

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