My Fujifilm X-T30 Faded Monochrome Film Simulation Recipe


All Aboard Boy – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Faded Monochrome”

I love the results of my Faded Color recipe, so creating a Faded Monochrome recipe was a natural next step. This film simulation recipe requires the use of the double-exposure feature of the camera. The first exposure is a normal photo, and the second exposure is of something plain white. I’ve tried different things, but for me a 4″ x 6″ plain white index card works well. No need for the second exposure to be in focus. It’s a simple idea that I wish I had thought of earlier. I think I’ve just scratched the surface of what can be created using this technique.

In film photography, you could achieve a similar look by printing with a low-contrast filter. You could also develop the film for low contrast by adjusting any number of things in the lab. You might also get this look by accident if you reused the fixer one too many times. Sometimes underexposed pushed-processed film has a very similar aesthetic. It’s possible for negatives to fade over time, especially if not stored correctly, and that, too, might create a similar look. While “faded” is in the title of this recipe, the look isn’t so much faded as it is low-contrast with “milky” blacks. It works especially well for high-contrast scenes.


Morning Coffee – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Faded Monochrome”

To use this recipe, you will create two exposures using the double-exposure feature of your camera. The first exposure is the main image, and the second exposure is of something plain white, such as a 4″ x 6″ plain white index card. There is no need for the second exposure to be in focus. The exposure compensation for the second exposure can vary greatly depending on how bright the white is and how you want the picture to look. You will have to play around with it to figure out what works for you. The good news is that your camera will give you a preview of the finished image and will allow do-overs.

Acros (Acros+Y, Acros+R, Acros+G)
Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +4
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +2
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Toning: 0 (Neutral)
ISO: Auto up to ISO 12800
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (main exposure), 0 to -2 (second exposure)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using my Faded Monochrome recipe on a Fujifilm X-T30:


Grey Rose – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Grey Lake – East Canyon SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Lake Boat – Willard Bay SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Tree Limbs – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Well – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Don’t Give – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Urban Escape – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Big Brick Buildings – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Center Reflection – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Urbanscape Monochrome – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Less Is More – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Urban Leaves – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Small Flower In The Big City – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Park Bench – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Joshua Monochrome – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Happy Girl – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Children On A Park Slide – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Instax Photographer – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Joy In The City – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Bank Time – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Water On The Glass – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Club – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Stepping By – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Vibes – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Quiet – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Urban Cloud – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Angles & Lines – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Utah Artist – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Treading Lightly – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Marlboro Man – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Come Inside – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Mono Chrome – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Stop In Ogden – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


UTA Station – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Train Ride Abstract – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Empty Train Seats – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Train Passenger – Roy, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Passenger Window – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Train 19 – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


UTA 19 – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Train Host – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Hungry Traveler – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Caboose Steps Monochrome – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Caboose Display – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Industrial Sunlight – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Ladder Climb – Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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  1. Caleb · June 21, 2019

    I love this. Fantastic use of the double-exposure idea.

  2. fragglerocking · June 21, 2019

    Well cool idea, love the photos!

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  6. Michael Dave Dizon · August 7, 2019

    Love it! Now, do you carry that index card with you and shoot it every time after the first? Too bad there wasn’t a way to select an “already taken shot” and then blend. But I certainly get the technique!

    Just a word: Your recipes have really changed the way I view JPGs (but only with the Fuji, of course LOL!) and use them. I’ve started with your Vintage Kodachrome and then adjusted to my liking. Lately, I’ve started shooting a lot of my reportage in JPG. Saves files space and the JPGs themselves still have a lot of info to play around with in Lightroom (if needed).

    All this to say, thank you for your inspiration and shared creativity!

    • Ritchie Roesch · August 7, 2019

      I appreciate your feedback and kind words! I do carry an index card when I use this recipe (and Faded Color). You have to be dedicated to the technique when using this recipe, unfortunately there’s no way around it, but the results are great. Glad you found the blog beneficial. Take care!

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  11. mirbonv · April 26, 2020

    Dear Ritchie,

    I need to thank You so much for your blog, you literally changed my photo style with your receipts.

    A strong Hug form Venice, Italy.

    Stay healthy and keep to be strong.


    • Ritchie Roesch · April 26, 2020

      Thank you so much, I appreciate your kind words!

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