My Favorite Fujifilm Film Simulation Recipes

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Fujifilm – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 60mm

I’ve shared many film simulation recipes for Fujifilm X-Trans III cameras, such as the X100F and X-Pro2, and some of them have become quite popular. I’ve been asked a few times to share which ones are my favorites. Which film simulation recipes do I use?

I have used all of them at one time or another, but there are a handful of recipes that I really appreciate and use regularly. I have my favorites! Let me share with you which ones I currently use.

Kodachrome II

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Quaker State – Midway, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 60mm

My favorite film simulation recipe that I created is my Kodachrome II Film Simulation recipe, which I initially made for the X-Pro2 but I also use on the X100F. I really love the way these settings render color images. It gives my exposures a beautiful vintage analog look right out of camera. It takes Classic Chrome to a whole new level of goodness! I use this recipe as much as the scenes allow because I love it so much.

Velvia

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Red Leaves In The Forest – Wasatch Mountain SP, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 60mm

Typically I use my Velvia Film Simulation recipe only occasionally, but with the autumn season I’m currently using it often. However, I’ve modified the original recipe to be Highlight +1, Shadow +2 and color +3 to give it more punch, while also setting Noise Reduction to -3 and Sharpening to +1. This is a better version of the recipe, except when there is a lot of contrast, which is where the original settings will likely produce better results. The great thing about these different recipes is that they can be seasoned to taste.

Upcoming Recipe??

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Sundance Chair Lift – Sundance, UT – Fujifilm X100F

I’ve been working on a new film simulation recipe that I’m currently only moderately happy with. It’s a work-in-progress, and right now it only produces good results occasionally. It seems to be very situation specific, and that means it’s difficult to get enough quality example photographs to publish an article. Even if I get everything ironed out and I find the best settings, it may still be awhile before I can share it. I’ve been shooting with this now and then over the last couple of weeks, and I’ll probably continue to do so over the next several weeks or months.

Honorable Mentions

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Flat Tire – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 60mm

There are other recipes that I use for color photography, including PRO Neg. Hi, Ektar 100 and Portra 400, but as I was going over my recent photographs I realized that I haven’t used these much at all lately. It seems that my Kodachrome II recipe has essentially replaced them. That’s not to say that I won’t use them, as I like these recipes and they have their place, but I just haven’t picked them very often lately.

Tri-X Push Process

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Disc 4000 – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 60mm

This Tri-X Push Process recipe is my favorite black-and-white film simulation option, but it’s not my invention. I stole it from Luis Costa who published it on his blog. It’s absolute genius, but its limitation is that it doesn’t always work in bright-light situations because it requires a high ISO. Whenever I can use it I do use it. It produces the most film-like results that I’ve ever seen from a digital camera.

Acros Push Process

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Clouds Around Timpanogos – Heber City, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 50-230mm

Whenever I want results that are similar to the Tri-X Push Process settings but I need to use a lower ISO, I choose my Acros Push Process recipe. It’s not quite as good as Tri-X Push Process, but it’s a close second best. It was my favorite monochrome recipe until I discovered Luis Costa’s settings.

Agfa Scala

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Epic Zip Line – Sundance, UT – Fujifilm X100F

When I want a black-and-white image with a little less contrast, I use my Agfa Scale Film Simulation recipe. It produces great results in higher-contrast scenes or whenever you need something that’s a little less bold than the two “push process” options. I don’t use it all of the time, but it definitely comes in handy from time-to-time.

Your Turn

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Which film simulation recipes are your favorites? It can be one of mine or your own creation. Please share in the comments what JPEG settings you use on your Fujifilm cameras because I want to know!

15 comments

  1. Luís Costa · October 7

    I’m still using your original Kodachrome recipe as my main film simulation, but I think I’m gonna give the 2nd version another try. I’ve used it a few times but didn’t warm up to it as much as the original one, but your photos with it always look amazing!

    PS: I’m really flattered that you’re still using my “pushed tri-x” simulation! 🙂

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    • Ritchie Roesch · October 7

      Thank you for sharing! I think I’m going to give Vintage Kodachrome another go as I haven’t used it in awhile. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, but I have neglected it over the last several months, I think because of all the other recipes I made. By the way, your “Pushed Tri-X” recipe is fantastic!

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      • Luís Costa · October 7

        Thank you! It’s wonderful to see it put to good use in your beautiful photographs! 🙂

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  2. Khürt Williams · October 7

    I’m using the stock Velvia film simulation for landscapes, and slightly modified versions of your ACROS and Kodachrome II film simulation recipes.

    The Kodachrome II sometimes produces results are too dark. I need to play more with the exposure compensation when shooting.

    I’m waiting for the fall foliage to come into play to see what I may want to tweak with the Velvia. Hopefully I’ll see some sunny weekend days soon.

    We had the effects of two tropical storms fill the skies with rain clouds for a few weeks and now we’ve entered fall I can expect more overcast (100% cloud coverage) days. I’m wondering how these recipes will perform under those flat lighting conditions.

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  3. moments and moods · October 7

    I tried them all, I tried my own ones and I was never satisfied with the results. I like your Kodachrome II in your pictures but for me it is too dark. I like your Fujifilm Superia 800 the most. It is beautiful and elegant. As for me I now shoot with CC, shadows -1, highlights -1, red -1, blue -2, NR -4, sharpness +1, and I shoot all manually. I don’t understand Fujifilm shadows settings from +1 to +4. For me anything higher than 0 in shadows is too dark.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · October 7

      Thank you for participating! I like the Superia recipe, too, and I really need to use it more often. I will have to give your settings a try.

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  4. Egil Wiken Sunde · October 8

    I have also taken a liking to your Kodachrome II, so thanks again! However, with a newborn in the house, too many of my photos are taken inside these days. With the fluorescent lights it gets a bit too yellow, hence I use auto white balance inside and also tend to use shadow 0. Perhaps there is a middle ground I should explore further regarding the white balance…

    Acros green with weak grain on b/w portraits and acros red in b/w landscapes, no grain. The only editing I generally do is on my phone where I add a slight s-curve, and tweak the blues if the sky is prominent (as much as the jpeg will allow). It would be great if we were able to brighten the blacks somewhat in camera, to get the s-curve effect!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · October 8

      I love the controls that Fujifilm provides on X-Trans III cameras, but I would appreciate even more controls on future models. Maybe an s-curve option will be added someday.
      Thank you for commenting!

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  5. Drew Sinclair · October 29

    I know this is not your most recent post but I actually favour your original Classic Chrome recipe. It’s a really good, every day, suits most subjects recipe. Alternating between that and your Velvia recipe covers just about everything I need. Thanks!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · October 29

      You are welcome! I appreciate your feedback. I’m glad to be of service.

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  6. Voltaire Nacorda · November 13

    I am a recent follower of your blog and in terms of preference, Kodachrome II is tops! However will it work well on the original Fuji X100?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · November 13

      Thanks! I’m particularly fond of my Kodachrome II recipe, as well. Unfortunately, it only will work on X-Trans III and IV cameras, and doesn’t translate to the other Fujifilm cameras.

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