Alien Skin Exposure Review

Alien Skin Exposure Review


We look at a plugin in this Alien Skin Exposure Review.  There are quite a few film simulations on the market. Some are good and deliver excellent results and some produce results that are, well ugly. Alien Skin Exposure falls into the excellent film sim category.

Why use film simulations?

If you’ve come from a film background as we have at Brisbane Photographer then one of the first thing you missed in the move to digital was being able to pick the film to suit the job. In the old days if you went to shoot Brisbane Headshots then you just packed up your gear and lights, wacked a roll of Kodak Portra in the camera and away you went. When you returned from the job you printed out the roll and there it was beautifully toned portrait photos. Then came digital and and what you ended up with was smooth digital files. No texture, no beautiful tonal range, nothing. Then is 2005 Alien Skin released Exposure. We’ve been using Alien Skin Exposure ever since.

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What does Alien Skin Exposure do?



Alien Skin Exposure is basically a film Simulation. It make a digital recreation of film colour dynamics and texture and applies then to you smooth digital images. The reason you’d want to do this is because that smooth feel of digital is well suited to product photography but now much else. Landscapes look great when shot on Fuji Velvia 50, Portrait on Kodak Portra 160, and black and white images on Kadak Tri-X 400 or Illfords Delta 100. They give you photography a classic look. There’s also heaps of other films and also lots of different processing techniques covered in lien Skin Exposure, cross processing, low-Fi as well as Polaroid. I tend to stick with the classics, maybe that’s because I’m old and boring but each to their own.

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Does Alien Skin Exposure do it well?



In this Alien Skin Exposure Review we can definitely say it’s the best on the market. The film simulations are the best we’ve seen. They’re the closest to the original film that you can get, and the plugin itself is fast and work well. Not to say their haven’t been a few slip-ups along the way. Some of the version have had noticeable slowdown and version 5 was barely usable on my computer because it got so slow. But The current version of Alien Skin Exposure, version 7, is fast, rock solid and produces fantastic results. The interface is easy to navigate, it’ll provide no challenge to beginners and has enough parameters for experts to get the results they need. It’s an essential part of our photographer business. We use it on all our portrait, headshot, commercial and wedding photography. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

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Some of the films it simulates


  • Kodak Portra 160
  • Kodak Portra 400
  • Kodak Portra 800
  • Kodak Ultra Max 400
  • Fuji Pro 800Z
  • Fuji Superia X-TRA 400
  • Fuji Superia X-TRA 800
  • Kodak Gold 100
  • Kodak Gold 200
  • Kodak Gold 400
  • Kodak Portra 160NC
  • Kodak Portra 160VC
  • Fuji Velvia 50
  • Fuji Velvia 100F
  • Kodak Kodachrome 25
  • Kodak Kodachrome 64
  • Kodak Kodachrome 200
  • Ilford Delta 100
  • Kodak PLUS-X 125
  • Kodak Professional BW400CN
  • Kodak T-MAX 100
  • Kodak T-MAX 400
  • Ilford Delta 3200
  • Ilford HP5 Plus 400
  • Ilford XP2 Super 400
  • Kodak Pantomic-X

Thats’ it for this Alien Skin Exposure Review. If you’re wanting to buy it you can get it from the Alien Skin Website. It’s price at $149 which might be a bit much for amateur photographer, but in our option it’s a bargain given the results it delivers. I can’t believe we’ve been using Alien Skin Exposure for 10 years, where did the time go?

Exposure Plugin Review