In Memoriam – Kodachrome

When digital photography went mainstream, it was the death knell to Kodachrome, even devout Kodachrome enthusiasts migrated from the venerable film to their DSLRs, providing the photographer a level of control that would have been unimaginable with good old Kodachrome.

Kodachrome was a victim of advancement, and as the years pass I expect to see the same fate for many of my favorite film stocks. Kodak was making very little on film and chemical sales. They folded all of the Kodak K-14 processing facilities, leaving only one Kodachrome processor available in the entire world, Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas.

Michael W. Gray has made a free set of presets available for users of Adobe Lighroom, which allow digital photographers to emulate the look of the classic Kodak film. Here’s a comparison of an original photo, and the corresponding photo with one of the preset effects applied.

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