Alexander Gref

By | March 27th, 2013|Photography|11 Comments

Alexander Gref is a young hobbyist photographer from Trier, Germany. He acquired his first camera at 16, sparking his interest in photography. Soon, he fell in love with it. After a few years of practice and some new gear, he routinely captures beautiful images like the ones below. What is most impressive is that he’s mostly self-taught. The techniques in his bag of tricks came from experimentation, books, and magazines.

Alex is an Exposure fan. This is how he gets the analog look that he’s accustomed to. Customization is the key to his workflow. He’s developed his own set of custom settings that he uses for most of his shots. Check out Alex’s Flickr Photostream to see more of his work.

Here are a few of Alex’s personal custom presets. To download the files, right-click on the links and choose “Save As.” Save the preset to your desktop first. That should give you a file with the extension .f1s.

Custom-Fuji Velvia ~ Custom-Agfa RSX ~ Custom-Faded Creamy

You will need to have Exposure 4 installed for them to work. You can download and use it in trial mode if you don’t own it. Double-click the .f1s files to install. The next time you run Exposure, you should see them 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. 55Laney69 March 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you Jimmy for this article about me 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Jimmy March 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      It was my pleasure, Alexander. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos in our Flickr group!

  2. Marc March 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I particularly like the spider web! Was it naturally wet, or did you spray it with mist? (I’ve been known to use the sprayer on flowers, webs and such…). This shot, though, was actual morning dew.

    Nice job with your work!

    • 55Laney69 March 28, 2013 at 12:53 am

      thank you, it was morning dew! Thats why I took the shot 😉

  3. Leslie Claire March 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you for the article and the downloads! I’m looking forward to trying them, and also to seeing more of Alexander’s work.

  4. Leslie Claire March 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I spoke too soon—when I download these presets, I get a .txt file. Can you help? I’d like to try them.

    • Robert March 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Leslie! Please right click on the link, and choose the “Save Link As”. Then, you can save it to your desktop. Once it’s downloaded, just double click the .f1s file, and it will install into Exposure 4 under your user settings.

  5. Matt March 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Great work! Love your black & white work.

    • 55Laney69 March 29, 2013 at 10:48 am

      thank you 🙂

  6. Angy Chesler March 31, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Very nice work Alexander.I really like the simplicity of the spider web.

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