PART FIVE: The Contemporary Collection

The Ultimate Guide to VSCO Cam Presets: The Contemporary Collection - Little Eli

Welcome  VSCO Cam lovers!

I know you've been eagerly awaiting the next entry in the VSCO Cam Preset series! And honestly, this breakdown/review/guide/whatever is my favorite monthly thing to work on. It's been helping me pick my top filters, but also gives me a boost of inspiration when I revisit presets I had forgotten about. 

Today we cover VSCO Cam's Contemporary Collection. It can be downloaded from the VSCO Cam app store for $2.99 and it includes 12 presets (A1-3, H1-6, N1-3), and some pretty nice "signature" filters.

Check out the intro and a breakdown of whats to come. This is not sponsored in any way. I use VSCO Cam for all my mobile photo editing, and I think this resource needed to exist on the internet, so I made it. Simple as that.

Now what you've come here for, the photos!

Don't forget, I made the tag #vscocamwitheli! I loooove seeing what you've made!

THE ORIGINAL IMAGES. ONE FOR SKIN TONE, LANDSCAPES, AND COLOR. ALL TAKEN OUTSIDE WITH MY SAMSUNG GS3.

THE ORIGINAL IMAGES. ONE FOR SKIN TONE, LANDSCAPES, AND COLOR. ALL TAKEN OUTSIDE WITH MY SAMSUNG GS3.

"With hints of pastels, lifted mid-tones and slight overexposure, A1, A2, and A3 embody analog film. Analog / Archetype is the perfect choice for portraits, interiors and food." - VSCO Cam

A1: Pretty true to color tone, but colors get brighter and more vibrant. Lose details in light areas, but enhances mid and dark tones. 

A2: Cool filter. Lowers contrast and tone. A generally washed out filter, but would be good for moody photos. 

A3: Warm filter, but otherwise similar to A2. Deepens color tone and value for a more saturated image. I like what it does to landscapes. 

"An ideal all-purpose pack, Presets H1, H2 and H3 excel in fashion, lifestyle and still object photography. Subtle pink, yellow and purple hues evoke the best memories of summertime." - VSCO Cam

H1: Image is very similar to original. Almost no change to exposure or contrast. Adds the slightest rosy hue. 

H2: A warm yellow filter. I like how it treats skin tones and landscapes. It doesn't mess too much with contrast and so subtle shades are preserved.

H3: Bright and cool filter. I would like to see it on a whole series of travel photos.

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"An ideal all-purpose pack, Polychrome Winter excels in fashion, lifestyle, and still object photography. H4, H5, and H6 are understated and cool, delivering dreamlike hues inspired by the winter season." - VSCO Cam

H4: Very similar to originals. Slightest blue undertones added.  Retains contrast and brightness.

H5: A deep, but crisp cool filter. I was surprised by how many highlight details it retains while being a strong color filter. I would try it on mountain/snowy photos.

H6: Similar to H5 in the strong, cool filter. But produces muddy images. Very low contrast and exposure. I like the brightness of blue it retains, but most other colors are muddy and washed out. Good "theme" filter though. Could easily be a signature.  

"Tailor-made for bright lights and colors, this N Series works well with photographs shot with the flash or direct sunlight. N1, N2, and N3 have a modern and bold aesthetic." - VSCO Cam

N1: High exposure which blows out highlights. Neutral in color. I like that it retained the warmth in the landscape image. 

N2: If you can be cool and warm at the same time, this is it. Skin tones get a cool yellow wash. Probably not the best as it could lead to looking sickly. I use N2 (with increased exposure) when photographing my black animals. It brings out their features while retaining true colors. 

N3: Warm filter. Pleasantly fades and softens skin tones. Enhances color vibrancy and tone.


UPDATE: I started the tag #vscocamwitheli.
So tag your edits with it because I want to check them out!
I would absolutely LOVE to see what you've been photographing!


I regularly use the N filters to enhance dark photos, and I use the A series a lot for simple images. After doing this, I may play around more with the H 4-6 series. I've been in a moody image kick lately and they seem perfect.

Head back to the intro to see whats next!

Which are on your short list so far?