Daniel Weisser

By | February 24th, 2012|Exposure, Photography|6 Comments

If you’ve ever been stuck in a workflow rut, you know how tough it is to break out of it. This is precisely why we write blog posts about our photographer buddies and their workflow habits. There are many different ways of doing the same thing.

Let me introduce Daniel Weisser. Based out of Leipzig Germany, Daniel shoots with a unique perspective. Most of his works are considered diptychs. Take a look at his website or his Flickr photostream. If you’re intrigued by his diptych work, he has a Flickr set just for you.

He works mainly in fashion, portrait and people photography and shoots for editorial, music, corporate and advertising clients. Daniel’s works are told in a human-nature context; his series’ make you feel like you’re almost on the set. His photography mixes colors of daydreams with urban realities.

Daniel outlined his basic editing workflow. He said:

“Normally I start with 16-bit raw files. I develop the images to neutral or with low contrast using Adobe Camera Raw or Canon Digital Photo Professional. Next I’ll add a layer for basic retouching like skin, dust, and fly away hairs.

I start with Exposure factory presets such as the settings under Polaroid or Lomo. I change parameters adjusting the setting to my taste and layer them at about 35% – 70% opaque over the touched up layer. Sometimes I use a B&W film layer set at a low opacity for slight desaturation.

As a last step I may add a couple adjustment layers for fine tuning, or I’ll run it through a batch action. Finally, I copy the final composite layer twice; once with grain and once without. This gives me more control over print for what the client likes best.

All of these photos were retouched with Photoshop and Alien Skin Software’s Exposure. I’ve included before and after Exposure versions.”

Here is a settings file that Daniel created for the blonde girl in the forest shot. Save the preset to your desktop first. In most browsers, right-click the link and choose Save As. That should save a file with a .f1s at the end of the name.

Then double-click the .f1s file to install.  Next time you run Exposure you should see it in the User Settings list.

About the Author:

Jimmy is the marketing nerd at Alien Skin. He makes workflow training tutorials, handles affiliates, writes for the blog, manages our contributing authors, governs our social media, and he is the king of swag orders. He also makes a mean cup of espresso, so if you stop by the office, remember to give him cash tips for his efforts.


  1. marcus February 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Hi, Does this work with Exposure 3? I’ve placed the setting in to the ColorFilm folder inside Application support but when I launch Exposure, it doesn’t show up in the User Settings. I even copy pasted the header info from my Exposure 3 settings, but that didn’t work either.

    • Tom February 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Marcus, that is an Exposure 4 setting. Sorry, but it will not work with any earlier version of Exposure.

  2. Sergio March 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Can we have the setting of the first one????

    • Jimmy March 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Sergio,

      Daniel was nice enough to lend his advice and one of his presets for this article. He’s a busy person. I’m not sure if he would have the time. I’ll ask him and let you know.

      • Jimmy March 16, 2012 at 7:37 am

        Hi Sergio,

        Daniel suggested that you use the Polaroid 600 – Faded setting at 50% opacity. This is very close to the setting you requested.

        • Sergio March 18, 2012 at 11:19 am

          Thanks!!! ; )

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