Comparing Film Simulation Recipes


I shoot JPEGs, but it’s not uncommon for me to shoot RAW+JPEG, since it gives me the opportunity to reprocess the picture in-camera, which is helpful when developing different film simulation recipes. Because of this, I was able to process a single picture I captured recently on my Fujifilm X-T30 using many of my different recipes to compare the differences. I thought that this might be helpful to some of you. Perhaps there’s one recipe that stands out to you in the pictures below that you’ve never used. Obviously different settings look better in different situations, and in this article there’s just one picture to compare, so even though you might not like how one recipe looks in this article doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t like it with different subject and in a different light. The scope of this article is quite limited, but I hope that seeing the various film simulation recipes applied to a single exposure is helpful to someone.

Not every recipe was used for this post. Some of them require a specific parameter that was not available. For example, the picture at the top was made using my HP5 Plus Push-Process recipe, which requires an ultra-high ISO, so it wasn’t possible to apply it to the exposure below. Other recipes, such as my faded color and faded monochrome, require double exposures. There are other film simulation recipes that you could try not represented below, and I invite you to investigate the different options to see if there’s one or more that work well for your photography. Let me know in the comments which film simulation recipe is your favorite and which in your opinion fits the exposure below best.




  1. fragglerocking · July 20, 2019

    Well that’s a hard choice to pick one! I think the vintage Kodakchrome is working best for me, and the agfa scala in the B&W. 🙂

  2. Khürt Williams · July 20, 2019

    Dude! We must be connected in thought through the ether. After I trying your Kodacolor recipe, I took some photos this morning with the idea to write a post about your various Classic Chrome recipes. I was going to process the image in-camera via Fuji’s X RAW Studio and show examples with the same image. You beat me to it!

  3. · July 20, 2019

    Oh so many options… all looking great

  4. alczer · July 21, 2019

    PRO Neg. Hi is the best for me here. I love both PRO Negs for their soft contrast. I don’t use any of your simulations though because they are not for everything and I don’t like switching between settings and I prefer one look for my images.

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 21, 2019

      Thanks for the feedback! What is important is that you have found what works for you. That’s awesome!

  5. Pierre · November 24, 2019

    Now because of you we need Fuji to come up with 20 custom presets lol

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 24, 2019

      Fujifilm apparently listened to the feedback for savable white balance shift, so maybe they’ll do this in the future….

  6. Jun Park · November 27, 2019

    (Sorry to I wrote a same reply at the wrong place.)
    That is Perfect! 🙂 I have a question about The Movie pics. I hear that the pic of this film by T2. I felt that is similar to some your recipes. maybe they are want to some old image. How’s your opinion?

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 28, 2019

      I don’t know, he might have used my film simulation recipes, but I’d be surprised. I’d be honored, no doubt, but surprised.

  7. Rannnn · April 11, 2020

    is so nice

  8. Stephen Chu · June 12, 2020

    I have an old Fujifilm x20 that I love more than my Nikon 7000. I could only drool at the recipes here. But, just out of curiousity, I’ll set up one or two of my favorites, the Kodachrome 64 and Acros recipes. Not all settings will be available on the X20 of course but I’m excited to see what the results will be. Thanks for your hard work, it revived my love for photography again.

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 13, 2020

      I hope to get some other cameras, like the X20, to create at least a few recipes for. We’ll see, it takes time and money, but I hope to.

  9. Jeremy · June 23, 2020

    Hi Ritchie, Are you able to update this comparison to include all of the latest simulations please?

    • Ritchie Roesch · June 24, 2020

      That’s a good idea. I’ll probably write a whole new post.

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