My Fujifilm X-T30 Dramatic Monochrome Film Simulation Recipe


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The Obscurity of Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Dramatic Monochrome”

A couple of weeks ago when I was discussing the possibility of Fujifilm creating a black-and-white only camera, something that I came to learn by accident is that the Monochrome film simulation is pretty darn good. On X-Trans III & IV cameras, I have always used the Acros film simulation because it is beautiful and has a film-like quality to it. But there’s something about the “old-fashioned” Monochrome film simulation that’s nice, as well. I had never made a Monochrome film simulation for X-Trans III & IV cameras, so I set out to do so.

At first I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted, so I decided that the best starting point was to revisit the iconic photographs of the great photographers from the 1930’s, ’40’s and ’50’s—people like Ansel Adams, Andre Kertesz, Robert Doisneau, Weegee, Pual Strand, Elliott Erwitt and others. I realized that I was drawn to the high-contrast pictures that these photographers had created. I wanted to create a recipe that mimics that look in-camera. These settings, which I call Dramatic Monochrome, are what resulted from that.

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Francis Peak – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Dramatic Monochrome”

For those with X-Trans III sensors, which don’t have the Color Chrome Effect, you’ll get similar results, but it won’t be quite as dramatic. The difference isn’t very big, so don’t worry about it. I would consider using +2 for Sharpness on X-Trans III instead of +3. On X-Trans IV cameras, you could give a +1 toning for a subtle warm look, such as what would happen if you gave a print a quick Sepia bath.

Monochrome (+Y, +R, +G)
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +4
Grain: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Toning: 0
Sharpening: +3
Noise Reduction: -4
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3 (typically)
ISO: Auto up to ISO 12800

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Dramatic Monochrome film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:

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Chair Near a Window – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Shadow Ware – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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White Pillow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Santa Fe – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Young Piano Hands – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Clouds Above The Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Wasatch Ridge Winter – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Lines In The Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Clouds Over The Frosted Hill – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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White Beyond Dark – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Frosted – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Darkness & Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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26 comments

  1. Love it, now need to figure this out on the X100F 🙂

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 12

      You can! You just don’t have Color Chrome Effect, but that’s not a big deal.

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  2. Steve · February 12

    Working hard to keep my custom film settings the same on the xt2 and the. X200f , looking forward to seeing how this one matches up.
    Great work, thank you

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  3. Thomas Schwab · February 12

    Great blackandwhite recipe! Xpro3: added FX Blue Strong and Clarity +3.
    LG Thomas

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  4. Tae Kim · February 12

    Saw monochrome images with the X-Pro1 with the color filter removed and the images were gorgeous compared to a typical B&W/Mono picture. Theres something to be said for monochrome cameras with raw monochrome sensors.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 12

      Yes, and even though it’s not for “most people” I do believe that there’s enough interest that Fujifilm should do it.

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  5. Mark Crable · February 15

    Thanks for another B&W recipe to try out! Can’t wait to “load this film” into my X-T3 and give it a go.

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  6. hugoac7 · February 27

    Thanks for your work! Do the xt30 recipes work on the xt3?

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  12. Roger Solbakke · June 9

    Thanks for a very interesting and useful blog Ritchie. And regarding this Dramatic Monochrome simulation, I used it for a day on my X100V and find it very interesting for strong and dramatic contrast. I’ve tried many of your recipes by the way, and several have become my favorites. They have also inspired me to try out my own ideas and I especially like a B&W with “old looks”. If you wish, I will be happy to send it to you!

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  13. Wendy Laenen · June 16

    Top top top
    J’ai mis 7 “recettes” dont la noir et blanc “dramatique”. Elle est géniale pour les portraits 👍

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