My Fujifilm X-T30 Fujicolor Pro 400H Overexposed Film Simulation Recipe


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I Will Always Love You – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Fujicolor Pro 400H Overexposed”

Fujifilm introduced Fujicolor Pro 400H in 2004 and it’s been a popular film ever since. Photographers often overexpose this film by as many as four stops. When overexposed, the film turns from a somewhat ordinary high-ISO (that’s what the “H” stands for in the name) portrait film into something almost magical. Colors become vibrant and pastel. The exact look of overexposed Pro 400H varies, depending on how much overexposed, how developed, and how printed or scanned. The effect can range from subtle to pronounced. I have been trying for some time now to create a film simulation recipe that mimics the aesthetic of overexposed Pro 400H, and, despite creating a Fujicolor Pro 400H film simulation recipe already, achieving an overexposed look has eluded me.

I had read that one of the films that was the inspiration for the PRO Neg. Hi film simulation was Pro 400H. I tried and tried using that film simulation, and even PRO Neg. Std and Astia, to get the look that I was after, but I just couldn’t get it right. Yesterday, following some inspiration, as I was playing around with the Provia film simulation, I created a look that I thought might work. It was close! A few adjustments here and there, and this Fujicolor Pro 400H Overexposed film simulation recipe was born, and I spent the afternoon shooting a bunch of exposures with it. I just couldn’t believe that I finally did it!

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Green Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Fujicolor Pro 400H Overexposed”

Something that I went back and forth on with this recipe is the shadows. I feel like +4 is too much sometimes, and +3 is too little sometimes. I ended up choosing +4, but I think +3 would be just as acceptable. You might try some shots with +4 and some with +3 and decide which you like better. Perhaps use +4 in low-contrast scenes and +3 in high-contrast scenes. I also debated on Color, settling on +1, which might be too high. You might consider setting Color to 0 if you think it’s too saturated. Even though I created this on my Fujifilm X-T30, it’s fully compatible with all X-Trans III and IV cameras.

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

Example photographs, all straight-out-of-camera JPEGs captured using my Fujifilm X-T30 Fujicolor Pro 400H Overexposed film simulation recipe:

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Annoyed – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Fujicolor Pro 400H Overexposed”

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Happy – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Reading – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Markers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Lego Car – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Ocean of Books – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Suburban Sky – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Neighborhood – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Tree Trunk Between Shrubs – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Liquid Obscurity – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Evening Windows – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Closed Umbrella – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Raining In The Pool – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Observing – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Outdoor Mall – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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String of Lights – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Disconnected – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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21 comments

  1. terrellcwoods · February 27

    This is a very unique look. In my mind, I’m thinking of the blue hour,pre-sunrise, and indoor events where a stylized look would be appreciated. The other simulations I’ve used from you I have shot as is. Excuse me, you can laugh but do I also overexpose or do I still meter for a correct exposure? Thanks. I guess I’ll just refer to you as the professor!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 29

      You overexpose this recipe by about 2 stops from what might normally be the correct exposure.

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  2. Frederic P · February 27

    So that was THE recipe I was looking for for so long! Since 2014 to be precise ! Thank you so much for sharing 😉
    I can’t wait to test it out!.
    The only thing I am “afraid” is with DR400 (so at least 800ISO) and exposure compensation at least above +1 is to blow out a big part of the image for outdoor shoot. But I should try before, I am sure the HT -2 will help.
    Greetings from France

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 29

      The -2 Highlight will help keep the highlights from blowing out. You will have to report back if you like it.

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    • Michał · March 1

      Hello, Frederic!

      I believe you don’t have to worry, because what actually happens when you set DR400 in an X-camera, is that it silently underexposes the shot to keep the highlights and then, also silently, bumps shadows to match overall brightness.

      With this in mind, when you force the camera to overexpose by two stops, you basically even out the amount of light hitting the sensor. But still, the combination given us by Ritchie ensures splendid effects! It’s a kind of magic 😉

      Ritchie – chapeau bas! Your knowledge and hard work gives us plenty of joy using our cameras!

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      • Fred P · March 2

        Thanks for the precisions Michal !
        I only tested with my X70 so far (X-Trans 2 sensor processor) I prefer the results with color at 0 and +1 for shadows (it only go to +2) and decrease the sharpness I find it more organic, filmic.
        I will try to report with my X-Trans 3 camera
        Cheers

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      • Ritchie Roesch · March 3

        I appreciate the kind words!

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  3. Khürt Williams · February 27

    Hi Ritchie, I think the results are interesting. Under what conditions and scenes do you think this recipe is useful?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 29

      I think it can produce interesting results in a variety of conditions. I was initially thinking outdoor wedding and portraits, but I used it for street, blue hour, architecture, even midday desert landscape, so it can be used in all sorts of situations.

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      • Khürt Williams · March 7

        I think the skin tones are a little off; a bit too reddish-pink.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · March 8

        The skin-tones can be a little on the riddish-pink side, for sure. The film could get that way, too, especially when overexposed 3-4 stops. Color set to 0 or -1 will reduce that effect a little.

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  4. Mark Crable · February 28

    Wow Ritchie, you’ve been busy. Lots of new film simulations to look at. I’m just catching upon the newest articles, thanks for all your hard work, I know it must take a lot of time to tweak and get these just right.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 29

      I have been incredibly busy! I hope you like one or two of the new film simulation recipes.

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  5. francisywk · February 29

    Hi Ritchie, thanks for another great recipe. The look kinda reminds me of “Hamada Hideaki tone” but it’s not exactly that. Do you think you could simulate the tone in-camera using film simulation? AFAIK he’s shooting film using the either Pro 400H or Kodak Protra 400 to achieve those look.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 29

      I think he uses Portra 400 overexposed, but he also shoots a lot of digital (Canon and iPhone) and uses VSCO. It might be possible to recreate this look, I will look into it.

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  8. svveets · April 5

    Hi Ritchie, thanks for another great recipe!

    Somehow I find that Japanese’s interpretation of the pro 400h film seems to be very different. They tend to be in colder tone, with a blue or green cast on in rather than a more magenta like yours..
    What do you think about the difference in the film interpretation? Is it possible to re-create that look using your recipe?

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