Sometimes accidents are happy, such as with this film simulation recipe, which I call Analog Color. I was attempting to make a recipe that mimics the looks of Kodak Portra 400 that’s been overexposed, but I was unsuccessful (at least for now); however, in the process I accidentally created this one. It was a mistake, but I liked how it looked, so I shot a bunch of pictures with it. This recipe reminds me of Fujicolor C200 or Agfa Vista 200, or perhaps even Kodak Gold 200. It’s in the neighborhood of ColorPlus 200, as well. But, it doesn’t exactly resemble any of those films perfectly. What I appreciate about this Analog Color film simulation is that it has a film-like quality to it, with a real color negative aesthetic, even if it’s not an exact match to any film that I’m aware of.
How this film simulation recipe looks depends on the light. This is true of all the recipes that don’t use auto white balance, but it seems especially so with this particular recipe. It can have a warm cast sometimes and cool cast other times, or even occasionally both a cool and warm cast within the same image. Perhaps this is one of the things that make it appear film-like. I do think that there’s something special about this recipe.
I like Color set to -1, but feel free to play around with that. If you want something more saturated, increase Color to 0 or +1. If you don’t like grain, set it to Weak or off. If you like lots of grain, keep the ISO high, perhaps no lower than ISO 1600. I think that this recipe will pair well with vintage lenses, and that’s something else you can experiment with.
PRO Neg. Std
Dynamic Range: DR200
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Noise Reduction: -4
White Balance: Daylight, -3 Red & +1 Blue
ISO: Auto up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +2/3 to +1 1/3 (typically)
Example photographs, all straight-out-of-camera JPEGs captured using my Fujifilm X-T30 Analog Color film simulation recipe:
See also: Film Simulation Recipes
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The skin tones are a bit off but I do like how this recipe looks for objects e.g. the Succulent on a Shelf and Cut Strawberries images.
The lighting has so much to do with how this recipe looks, and I think it has to be just the right light for skin tones to look good. It can easily be just a tad cool or warm if the light isn’t right.
I like it! It is bright, but not overexposured, I will try it! 🙂
Let me know how it goes!
Awesome recipes Ritchie!! Thank you!! Dude, is it possible to create a recipe just like Monaris from Insta? https://www.instagram.com/monaris_/?hl=de
That would be awesome!!
Thanks! I will look into that and see what I can do.
Hi, Love your simulations but one question since I am very new to this. What does “Analog” mean in the sense of a film simulation or picture? Does it just mean it looks like a film picture as opposed to a digital picture? What are the defining characteristics of both? Oops, that was two questions.
Yeah, analog as in film (analog vs digital). Film and digital are not just technically so much different, but I think philosophically too. Digital cannot fully replicate film, but it can get close sometimes with some manipulation. To me, film is more organic and digital more clinical. So I prefer the film look. But I also prefer the convenience of digital. Fujifilm allows a little of both worlds to live simultaneously.