Embracing the Shadows with XEQUALS Black & White

I’ve been shooting jazz concerts for a while now, and lately I’ve been thinking about what makes a concert shot iconic. In many cases, the viewer of  a particular concert photo will have no idea who the artist is, so one way to keep the viewer interested is to express a mood – an atmosphere […]

Emulating Film in Lightroom

Making Emulation Presets When we at X-equals release Lightroom presets, we strive to provide the highest quality presets with the greatest level of functionality possible. To this extent, I have created a step by step process to emulate the look of any given camera and film combination, allowing for the simulation of the look in […]

In Memoriam – Kodachrome (1935 – 2010)

In the final week of 2010, the photography world lost something very important … Kodachrome. To many, this seems like a minor loss, many of us only shoot digital, while many of us still using film have moved on to more modern and readily available film stocks. Kodachrome was a pain to shoot of late, […]

Lightroom Preset – Holga

If you’ve never heard of a Holga, trust me when I tell you it can quickly become an obsession! Being a digital photographer at heart, I still love to shoot a roll of 120 in my Holga. It’s not cheap shooting, developing, and printing images from this baby – but the this plastic camera with […]

Lightroom Preset – Polaroid 669

Wayyyyyy back in February 2008, Polaroid announced it would cease production of all instant film. The New York Times recently published a piece on the legacy of the Polaroid – and it was with this that the reality of the situation took hold. And … unfortunately, our favorite Polaroid instant film of ALLLLL TIME – […]

Lightroom Preset – City Scapes

This month’s preset is inspired by the Chicago “L” Trains and the city-scape environments I like to shoot near the Halsted and West Lake Street line. I am always blown away by the edgy and oftentimes neglected parts of the line where many of these structures have stood for over 100 years. I’m constantly inspired […]

Lightroom Preset – Summer Holiday

Our newest preset  takes all the things we love about summer holidays, wraps them up into a nice green package, and delivers that mid-day summertime holiday feel to your images. We have this old-school sprinkler that, to me, is the one true symbol of summer that has so many great memories attached to it. That […]

Lightroom Preset – Ekta – Chromeo

Slides, slides, and more slides. I have boxes full of them. They’re something very cool about pulling the out some slides and cruising them with my loupe. My favorite outdoor portrait film was Kodak Ektachrome 100GX. The 100GX was important because it would nail the skin tones and primaries in my shots. Deep greens, warm […]