My Fujifilm X-T30 Color Negative Film Simulation Recipe

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Evening Light On A Clearing Mountain – Riverdale, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Color Negative”

Silly Putty was invented by accident. There was a shortage of rubber during the second world war, and as a result several companies worked hard to create a synthetic substitute. What we now know as Silly Putty was a failed attempt at synthetic rubber. Even though it didn’t turn out exactly like its inventor had hoped, it still became a useful product that has brought joy to many people across the world. This “Color Negative” film simulation recipe has a similar story to Silly Putty (minus the war and rubber).

I’ve been working on a number of different recipes, trying to mimic several different aesthetics that I’ve been asked to create. One of the films that I’ve been trying to recreate the look of is Fujifilm C200, but I’ve yet to crack the code. This recipe is one of the failed attempts at C200. I like how it looks, so I thought I’d share it, even though it’s not exactly what I was trying for. I hope it become useful and brings joy to someone.

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Cameras and Coffee – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Color Negative”

I named this recipe “Color Negative” only because it has a general color negative aesthetic, and I didn’t know what else to call it. It’s in the general neighborhood of Fujifilm C200, but it’s not exactly right for that film. Perhaps there’s some generic film that looks similar to this. It doesn’t precisely mimic any one film that I’m aware of, but this recipe does have a film-like quality to it.

PRO Neg. Hi
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +2
Shadow: +2
Color: -2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: +1
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Off
White Balance: Daylight Fluorescent (1), -2 Red & +4 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3 (typically)

Note: There was some confusion on the white balance required for this recipe. It’s Fluorescent 1, also called Daylight Fluorescent or Neon 1. It’s the first option underneath Cloudy.

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using my Color Negative Film Simulation recipe on a Fujifilm X-T30:

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Fallen Leaves – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Hanging Apple – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Leaf Hanging On – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Boy Unsure – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Joy’s Smile – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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White Stars – Roy, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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White Cloud Ridge – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Reserved Parking – South Ogden, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: My Fujifilm Film Simulation Recipes

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17 comments

  1. Jack · 17 Days Ago

    Is it possible to adapt a version of this for x100f or cameras with this sensor ?

    Thanks !

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 17 Days Ago

      You can use this recipe as-is on your X100F. It’s completely compatible.

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  2. Nicolas · 17 Days Ago

    the more great film simulations you create the more custom settings we will need!
    C1-C7 is not enough…

    having said that white balance settings for each custom setting is a crucial firmware update feature…
    I know I repeat this like a mantra!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 16 Days Ago

      I would love if there were C1-C25….
      I agree wholeheartedly with the white balance for each custom setting statement. Thanks for the input!

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  3. Helen Fennell Photography · 17 Days Ago

    This is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it, it is a really valuable resource to us all!

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  4. Biagio Fioretti · 16 Days Ago

    I read a lot of great things here on these pages and i would like to thank you a lot, for me the Fuji world it’s really new and I would like to understand how to apply yours film simulation recipes… do I have to configure these settings directly on camera from the menus on my X-E3 or there are others ways to do this… Thanks !!

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  5. Khürt Williams · 16 Days Ago

    Even though the recipe has -2 Red & +4 Blue, the set of the sample images appears to have a reddish tone.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 16 Days Ago

      Yep, that’s from the Fluorescent white balance, so the white balance shift combats that some.

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  6. john · 16 Days Ago

    Hey man I love your blog, very informative! I was trying to replicate the new film from lomography called lomochrome metropolis… any ideas?? It will be fun to make this recipe! thanks

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 16 Days Ago

      I’ve tried, actually, and you can’t desaturate enough to achieve it. The closest I got was using double exposure, with one exposure Acros and the other CC. Of course using a tripod is a hassle, and if anything moves in the scene you’re done.

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  7. John · 15 Days Ago

    Nice! Didnt know you can change film simulation in double exposure…. I will try it, thanks!

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  8. Tom · 11 Days Ago

    Great Look in this Setting.
    I found these Settings for the Simulation. What do you think about it?

    HERE IS HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS LOOK

    Go in Image Quality (I.Q.) menu.
    Select 400% dynamic range.
    Select Classic Chrome film simulation;
    Grain Effect at strong, just for the heck of it (to keep the “pure photography experience”;
    White balance: Auto, R: -2 B: +4
    Highlight tone to 0;
    Shadows tone to +0 (or -1 for the EXACT look, but I find it boring, so spice it up with +2)
    Color to -1
    Sharpness to -4
    Noise Reduction to -4
    Lens modulation optimizer OFF

    https://www.diyphotography.net/how-to-get-the-fuji-classic-negative-look-to-your-x-pro2-x-t2/

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 11 Days Ago

      Thank you for sharing! I’ll take a look. I don’t have an X-Pro3, and I’ve only seen a limited sampling of Classic Negative, so I can’t vouch for how close this may or may not be. Seems like this one has more contrast (but that’s where the -1 Shadow comes in). Looks pretty close overall from what I can tell, but it’s hard for me to tell.

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