You’ve probably come across presets for Lightroom that claim to create the film look on your pictures. And while some really do the job, most of the times it depends on the picture and rarely does a preset works by itself. Therefore if you want to really make the film look perfect, you’ll need to know how to make it yourself, from scratch.
What You Need to For The Film Look
The film look in itself is a fairly simple thing to achieve. You need to destroy some of the details in the shadows (mess up the blacks) and compress the highlights a tad. If you are doing it on a color image, you’ll need to do some split toning as well, but that depends on your personal preference.