First photo is made on actual Portra 400, using a real film camera.
Second photo is made with the same lens, at the same aperture, on a digital body and manipulated using Exposure 7’s interpretation of Portra 400.
Third photo is the same shot, processed instead using a “professional” Portra 400 film preset (VSCO).
An unfair comparison, I realize, given that they are taken at different times and in different situations. To me, however, this illustrates that “film emulation” presets are nothing more than special effects applied to files to make them less austere and digital-y.
Are they more like film?
Um, No…not really.
(Note: there is one final package that is supposedly “more realistic” [Mastin Labs] but at the time of writing, the particular camera in question is not officially ‘supported” by the software).
Anyway, I don’t think this comes as any great surprise to anyone here.