[Not] My Fujifilm X-T1 (X-Trans II) Kodak Portra 160 Film Simulation Recipe


Mitchell Mesa – Monument Valley, AZ – Fujifilm X-T1 “Kodak Portra 160”

Kodak introduced Portra film in 1998. As the name implies, this film was designed for portrait photography, as it produces pleasing skin tones. It came in three ISO options: 160, 400 and 800. The ISO 160 and 400 versions came in two varieties: Neutral Color (NC), which was less saturated, and Vivid Color (VC), which was more saturated. In 2011 Kodak did away with the Neutral Color and Vivid Color options, making a new version that was more-or-less in-between the two.

One of the top films that I’ve been asked to create a film simulation recipe for is Portra 160. I’ve tried many times, and I felt that I got close a couple of times, but I was never able to get it quite right. Fuji X Weekly reader Piotr Skrzypek recently created a Portra 160 film simulation recipe for his Fujifilm X-E2, and he gave me permission to share his settings with you! When I first looked at his pictures, I immediately thought that they resembled Portra, and I continued to think so as I used his recipe on my X-T1. Piotr has a lot of experience shooting film, and the main film that he uses is Portra 160. I’ve shot Portra before, but it’s been many years. How the film is shot, developed, and printed or scanned effects the way that it looks, so results can vary, but this recipe is overall an excellent facsimile of actual Portra 160 film. Great job, Piotr Skrzypek!


Portra – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1 “Kodak Portra 160”

I did alter Piotr’s recipe a little. I have Color set to +1, but he has Color set to +2, which I think more mimics Portra 160VC. Whether you set Color to +1 or +2, you are still getting a Portra look, and you can try it both ways and decide which you like better for your photographs. You can even try setting color to 0 to get a Portra 160NC look. The other change I made is to white balance, which I set to Daylight, while Piotr uses auto-white-balance. In many outdoor circumstances Daylight and AWB will produce identical results, so for the most part it doesn’t matter which you choose. I like Daylight a little more than AWB, but you can decide which you prefer for yourself. This recipe is intended for X-Trans II cameras, but there will be a Portra 160 recipe for X-Trans III and IV cameras coming soon!

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: -2 (Low)
Shadow: -2 (Low)
Color: +1 (Medium-High)
Sharpness: -2 (Low)
Noise Reduction: -2 (Low)
White Balance: Daylight, +3 Red & -4 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 3200

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Kodak Portra 160 recipe on my Fujifilm X-T1:


Snow on the Roofs – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Roof Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm  X-T1


Faux Green – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Beside the Window – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Silver & Green – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Green Stems – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Bright Blossoms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Future Fujifilm Photographer – Monument Valley, AZ – Fujifilm X-T1


Girl, Horse & Books – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


The Peg Game – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Girl & Game – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Wood Ladder – Edge of the Cedars SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Monumental Crosswalk – Monument Valley, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Four Desert Horses – Monument Valley, AZ – Fujifilm X-T1


Mittens Evening – Monument Valley, AZ – Fujifilm X-T1


Rural Grass – Farmington Bay, UT – Fujifilm X-T1


Reeds & Mountain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T1

See also:
Fujifilm X-T1 Kodacolor Recipe
Fujifilm X-T1 Kodachrome II Recipe
Fujifilm X-T1 Kodachrome 64 Recipe
Fujifilm X-T1 Ektachrome 100SW Recipe
Fujifilm X-T1 Agfa Optima Recipe

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  1. alexander · March 29, 2020

    Great one! I always wondered if some pastel looking simulation would ever come… Finally! 🙂 This one is not to my taste really because of the Kodak look but I like it anyway. And I hope you get more pastel looking films 😉


    • Ritchie Roesch · March 29, 2020

      I plan to make many more recipes for the older models. Maybe one will be similar to my Fujicolor Pro 400H overexposed, which has a pastel look.


  2. walker · March 29, 2020

    Nice, thanks for sharing!
    I used Portra a lot , especially 400 and 400NC. I used to expose it at half box speed (i.e. 200 ISO) and I loved the results. Damn, I miss it!

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 29, 2020

      You can “overexpose” this recipe a little, plus +1 exposure compensation or even higher, and get interesting results.


  3. Ricardo Richon Guzman · March 29, 2020

    Awesome!!! been waiting for the PORTRA400 look for FUJI as I know you’ve never been happy before with testing it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ScottSymesPhotography · March 29, 2020

    Interesting post for sure. It’s a similar recipe to one I’ve been using:

    X-Trans III (X100F)
    Classic Chrome
    Dymanic Range :100
    White Balance: Auto
    Noise Reduction: 0
    Highlight Tone: 0
    Shadow Tone: -2
    Color: +2
    Sharpening: +1

    Sometimes the look is really fantastic but greens tend to be a bit more subdued than I’d like so I’ll have to go in and tweak the white balance a bit. I also have been using mostly center weighted metering and that tends to underexpose things a bit more than multi segment metering meaning I can leave the highlight tone at 0 without concern of blowing highlights.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · March 29, 2020

      I will have an X-Trans III and IV recipe for Portra 160 very soon, so stay tuned!


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  6. Nikola · April 14, 2020

    Thank you (and Piotr) for this Portra 160 simulation, great stuff. Just one thing, on my X-T1 there is no Daylight so I shoot Auto WB +3 Red & -4 Blue. So far, so good 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 14, 2020

      The X-T1 has Daylight, but for some reason is mistakenly marked as “Fine”. Look for the sunshine symbol.


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  8. Michael · April 25, 2020

    Thank you very much for putting this together. Tremendous effort that is much appreciated. I have sent you a gift as well! Many thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sándor · May 24, 2020

    First, thank you for your all simulations and now thank you and Piotr this Kodak Portra 160 recipe. I tried to make a similar adjustment for my Fujifilm X-T1, but now i got it. 🙂 God bless you!


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  11. Ferdiyan Surya · August 10, 2020

    Hi Ritchie, any plans to release the recipe for Portra 400 on the X-Trans II sensor (x70?)


    • Ritchie Roesch · August 10, 2020

      I’d like to. I played around with it briefly last week but wasn’t satisfied with the results. I’ll keep trying.


  12. Gabriel Rodrigo Quezada · November 28

    awesome content… thank you…
    Weird Question: What is the closest simulation that looks like the old TECHNICOLOR film? Can it be reproduced on an xt-1/xt-10?

    Thank you in advance

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 30

      I appreciate the feedback. I’m not sure if it’s possible (probably not), but what era of technicolor are you thinking about?


  13. Rory Gamble · January 7

    I was trying to store a couple of these recipes (protra, kodachrome) as custom settings (C1-C7), but it seems that the details of the white balance settings (+3 red, -4 blue etc) are not stored in the custom settings. You can only store “auto”, “daylight” etc. and it will use whatever was last set in the red/blue settings for each of those. Is this correct? Do you know any way around it? I am using an X-E2.

    Thanks for putting all this work in, by the way!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 9

      Unfortunately, only the newest cameras, the X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, can save white balance shifts in the custom presets. It would be nice if Fujifilm would update the “older” models to have this ability, too. I appreciate your message!


      • Rory Gamble · January 10

        Thanks! Good to know. I plan to treat this camera like a “film replacement” camera, so having only one colour jpeg preset and one B&W preset should be fine.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · January 10

        Awesome! If you use different White Balance settings (Auto, Daylight, Shade, etc.) the camera will remember one WB Shift for each. So, in theory, if each of the C1-C7 custom presets used a different White Balance, you don’t have to remember to change the Shift when changing recipes.


      • Rory Gamble · January 11

        I considered that, but I want to leave it on auto, since I found that on grey days the portra setting became very strange looking (and I don’t want to mess around with the white balance when the weather changes). This is fine though.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · January 11

        There’s nothing wrong with seasoning recipes to taste, finding what works for you. That’s great! I hope that Fujifilm updates their “older” cameras to allow WB Shift to be saved in the Custom Presets, that’s really something that needs to happen.


  14. Diego Fernandez · February 14

    Hello! I have a fujifilm x30 … when I want to configure the camera to use the film “KODAK PORTRA 160” I can use the ISO only up to 800, but the shadows lower me to 0 (I don’t understand the technical reason for this problem) … any suggestions? Best

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · February 15

      I encountered a similar issue when I was using an XQ1 that was loaned to me, and I never resolved it. I thought it was just an issue with that camera, but maybe it’s some limitation of the smaller X-Trans II sensor? I don’t know the answer. Sorry that I am not more helpful.


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  17. Syafiq Mustafa · July 9

    Hi Ritchie!
    Big fan of your work since I found out your page, keep it up!
    I have question, say I use this recipe, can I change the WB to cloudy or etc depending on the weather?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 9

      You can. Feel free to adjust it however you would like to make it work for you. To be “most accurate” to the film I recommend keeping it on Daylight (or “Fine” as Fujifilm calls it for some reason). But more important than being accurate is making it work for you, so absolutely feel free to “season to taste” this recipe.


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