My Fujifilm X-T30 Velvia Film Simulation Recipe


Mesa Trail – Castle Valley, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

I already have a Velvia film simulation recipe. I’ve been using it for about a year-and-a-half now and I like the recipe. It’s designed for X-Trans III cameras. With the Fujifilm X-T30, which has the new sensor and processor, including the new Color Chrome Effect, I decided to revisit Velvia. Can I make Velvia better on an X-Trans IV camera?

I don’t know if this recipe is better than the old one. It’s a little bolder with slightly more contrast and color saturation. It’s probably a little more accurate to Velvia 100 than the old recipe, and a tad closer to Velvia 50, too. I do like this recipe more than the original, but the old one has its place, too. I don’t think this replaces the old recipe, but more supplements it when the situation calls for something punchier.


Red Mesa – Castle Valley, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

I have grain effect set to weak on this recipe, but I only like to have grain on when using ISO 1600 or below. Above that the digital noise acts as a grain effect, so I like to turn the grain effect off when working with higher ISOs. Depending on the image, +4 color can sometimes look better, so don’t be afraid to bump that up when needed, but I think +3 works best as the standard setting. This recipe has a stronger shadow setting than the old one, and if you find that there’s too much contrast, simply set Shadow to 0. The original Velvia recipe called for DR200, but I went with DR-Auto on this one. If you’d prefer to use DR200 instead of auto, feel free to do so.

Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: 0
Shadow: +1
Color: +3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +2
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: Auto, +1 Red & -1 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +2/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs, captured using a Fujifilm X-T30 with this film simulation recipe:


Rock Balanced – Arches NP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia


North Window Arch – Arches NP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia


Red Hill – Castle Valley, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia


Castles To The Sky – Castle Valley, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia


Water & Stone – Moab, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia


Cactus Noon – Moab, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia


Dead Tree Point – Dead Horse Point, SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia


Desert River – Dead Horse Point SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia


Peak Through The Thin Clouds – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia


Sunset Red Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – Velvia

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  1. fragglerocking · April 25, 2019

    Looks fab!

  2. Ricardo Richon Guzman · April 25, 2019

    So nice colors there!!!

    I’ve been away from extra saturated recipes (as Classic Chrome was always enough) but I see there is a magic with this recipe and sunset light that I will have to try 😉

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 25, 2019

      Thank you! It’s not something for everyday, but sometimes it’s very nice, especially around sunset.

    • Khürt Williams · April 26, 2019

      Hi Ricardo.

      One of my favourites presets on my X-T2 is a tweaked version of one of Ritchie’s “Chrome” recipes. I have been using it daily for street photography in Philadelphia. With the tall buildings, the sun only illuminates parts of the streets and the lights shifts as the day progresses. I get some beautiful shadow and highlight contrasts.

      But, sometimes a scene needs more pop. I think that is where this recipe “shines”. That was a bad pun.

  3. Khürt Williams · April 26, 2019

    Weather permitting, very early tomorrow morning, I should be out in a field in New Jersey taking photos of Yellow Warblers. I think I’ll use this Velvia preset to help me some SOC JPEGs for instant sharing. Thanks, Ritchie.

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 26, 2019

      You are welcome! And best of luck with the warblers.

  4. TimothyHallOrg · April 27, 2019

    I love Acros and don*t usually shoot color, but I love the way this recipe renders human skin tones… especially indoors, at night, both with and without flash. Of course, it also does wonderfully outdoors during the daytime.

    Thanks very much for all your Acros recipes, and also for this very versatile indoor nighttime recipe for me.

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  8. Jin Qian · September 6, 2019

    Thanks for the recipe. I like velvia and use it most of time on landscape. However I feel your recipe has too much saturation towards red, I would turn the color red to 0 from +1

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 6, 2019

      Thank you for the feedback! I like to say that all of these recipes can be seasoned to taste, so I appreciate the suggestion. Take care!

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  22. Alice · September 27, 2020

    Hi, This might be a silly question, but can you save these presets into your camera or do you have to manually program to these settings each time? Thanks!

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 27, 2020

      I program them into the camera using “Edit/Save Custom Settings” and I access them through the Q menu.

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  27. Mark · December 30, 2021

    Hello, My new X100v has a Velvia film simulation, is this recipe here any better or worse?
    I tried the Rockwell recipe but found it a bit too strong for my taste. So is this a more fine tuned version or only for cameras that don’t have any Velvia film sim built in? ..thanks.

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 30, 2021

      Yeah, try this or Velvia v2. You’ll have to decide for yourself if you like Grain Small or Large (I would try Small), and whether you want Color Chrome FX Blue Off or not, and whether Clarity should be set to 0 or not. The “built-in” Velvia film sim is just the defaults (everything set to 0 or Off), so I do think you’ll find these to be better.

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