My Fujifilm X-T30 Kodak Portra 160 Film Simulation Recipe


Summer Waves Hello – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Kodak Portra 160”

This is the film simulation recipe that you’ve been waiting for! 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, which he gave me permission to share. I modified his settings very slightly, and published that Portra 160 recipe for X-Trans II cameras last week. Using those settings as a starting point, and understanding how X-Trans II is different than the newer sensors, I was able to make a Portra 160 film simulation recipe that is compatible with X-Trans III & IV cameras.

Portra is a line of films that Kodak introduced in 1998. As the name implies, it was designed for portrait photography, although it has been used for many different genres, as it’s good for more than just portraits. Kodak made Portra in three different ISOs: 160, 400 and 800. The ISO 160 and 400 versions originally had two options: Neutral Color (NC) and Vivid Color (VC). In 2011 Kodak redesigned Portra, and they did away with the Neutral and Vivid versions, making instead only one option in each ISO. Portra has been a popular film since its introduction.


Horizontal Ladder – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Kodak Portra 160”

This recipe looks great when you turn the exposure compensation dial up. You don’t want to clip highlights, but if you keep the highlights just below clipping you can get excellent results. This recipe is especially good for high-contrast scenes. Really, this is a good all-around recipe that you’ll want to keep programmed in your camera’s Q Menu. I imagine that for some of you, this will be the top film simulation recipe that you use most of the time. Don’t be afraid to use Auto-White-Balance instead of Daylight, or to adjust Color up to +2 or down to 0, depending on your tastes.

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR-Auto
Highlight: -2
Shadow: -2
Color: +1
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -2
Grain Effect: Weak
Color Chrome Effect: Off
White Balance: Daylight, +4 Red & -5 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +2/3 to +1 1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Kodak Portra 160 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:


Last Light Roofline – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Yellow House – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Rooflines – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Garages – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Blue Dumpster – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Stop – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Elevator Trucks – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Bird Over Grain Elevator – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Autumn Leftovers – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Sky Reed – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Boy in Thought – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Blue Wall Boy – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Girl by the Fence – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Bike Seat – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


First Pear Bloom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Goosenecks – Goosenecks SP, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Satellite Dish – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Grey Sky Over Roof – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Red Barn Day – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Sky Blooms – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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  1. kadoMI (@coolmikado) · April 3, 2020

    Excellent Work, Ritchie.
    Can’t wait to check it out…
    Stay healthy.

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 3, 2020

      Thanks! Let me know what you think. You stay healthy too!

  2. dmeunier75 · April 3, 2020

    Hello Ritchie,

    When you write that we may use AWB instead of Daylight, does it mean however that we must keep the +4 R & -5 B ?

    Take care.

    Denis (Paris, France)

  3. Joe · April 4, 2020

    Hey, new to the blog, some really nice reads. I’m a very beginner photographer on a XT30, any chance you could kindly explain what difference the the red and blue for the white balance makes? I can’t seem to figure it out, cheers 🙂

  4. Sopheap · April 4, 2020

    Does it work on my XT20 ?since it not using Chrome effect.

  5. Douglas Cocks · April 4, 2020

    I cannot see where I find the chrome effect in the menu to turn it off. Do I just assume its off already

  6. dmeunier75 · April 4, 2020

    Hello Ritchie, I have tried the Portra 160 recipe this afternoon in Paris : “cherry blossoms”. Despite the Covid-19, life takes over. Take care. Denis (Paris, France)

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 4, 2020

      Awesome! Thank you for sharing. You take care, too!

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  8. Viktor Wågman · April 6, 2020

    portra 400 or kodak gold 200 next? 🙂

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 7, 2020

      There is a Portra 400 recipe, although I have been meaning to revisit it. I’ve tried Gold 200 a few times unsuccessfully. I’ll give it another go, and see what happens.

      • Viktor Wågman · April 7, 2020

        Your stuff is great! 👌👌

  9. David Chancellor · April 9, 2020

    Hi Ritchie. Will this also work on the GFX 50R given it has the new gen of sensors ??
    Wonderful work..thank you..DC

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 9, 2020

      I don’t know for sure, but I do believe that it will work on GFX cameras.

  10. Chang · April 12, 2020

    Thank you for sharing Ritchie!
    I have a question about editing photos in apps.

    How should I do the white balance you showed above (White Balance: Daylight, +4 Red & -5 Blue) within Capture One Express Fuji?

    Can I export jpeg via RAF when I use the Capture One Express Fuji?
    Thank you!

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 13, 2020

      I don’t know. I rarely edit RAW photos anymore. I’m sorry, I don’t have an answer for you.

    • sarimner0 · July 23, 2020

      if you can. ask this in a capture one group on facebook or somthing.. they sould know.. 😉

  11. Piotr Skrzypek · April 13, 2020

    Pictures are fantastic Ritchie, exposure nailed perfectly. I love this Portra160 simulation, recently I made Pro400H if you want to have a look(either Fb Fuji film simulation group or my Instagram) and will be publishing Kodak Gold 200 in a few days. Your blog is great and inspired me big time, really nice to see so many people like this Portra160 recipe

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 13, 2020

      I did see it, I haven’t had a chance to try it myself. It looks good. I look forward to seeing your Kodak Gold recipe. I just created one myself that I hope to publish this week. Thank you for the input!

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 14, 2020

      That’s a great picture!

    • vekit · May 5, 2020

      Try your recipe on my original x100 with some minor tweaking. Jpeg turns out so amazing. Too bad x100 has no grain effect in camera.

      • Ritchie Roesch · May 5, 2020

        I’ve heard that there’s something special about the images from the original X100. I’m glad that you were able to adapt the recipe to that camera with good results. Thank you for commenting!

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  13. tombuzz9 · April 17, 2020

    Hi Ritchie !
    Thanks for this amazing work !

    Did you try to reproduce this recipe on the X100F ?
    Take care !

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  15. Hendra · April 27, 2020

    Hello ritchie, you’re so talented my friend. I use Kodachrome II and tri x push from your recipe, and im very pleased. Maybe one day you’ll make Fuji color C200 recipe.

    Best regard from Indonesia
    Stay safe 🙏

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 27, 2020

      I appreciate your feedback and kind words! I have made an (unsuccessful) attempt at Fujicolor C200, maybe it’s time to try again.

  16. Chris M · May 6, 2020

    Love this simulation. I’m thinking of selling my film stash now!

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  21. Johan Otterdahl Edfeldt · July 16, 2020

    Best recipe I’ve used over the years on my XT2. Works great with vintage lenees.

  22. Kenneth · July 18, 2020

    Hey is there anyway to preserve the custom film simulations while importing a RAF file into Lightroom. In this instance the recipe is a tweaked version of Classic chrome but is shown only as classic chrome none of the highlights/shadows etc change…

    • sarimner0 · July 18, 2020

      the highlights from the camera is made buy curves if you wanna try to match them.

      • kenneth · July 24, 2020

        ouu thank you!

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 19, 2020

      I really don’t know. I don’t use Lightroom, so I don’t have any advice. Sorry that I can’t be more helpful.

    • sarimner0 · July 23, 2020

      you can try those! but i dont know how close they are.. 😉

  23. sarimner0 · July 19, 2020

    that is the only thing i know.. i think its the same for C1 to.. For Shadows i dont know..

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  27. Khürt Williams · October 25, 2020

    After some experimentation, i think this recipe performs best under sunny conditions. It didn’t work well for me indoors or under overcast and cloudy days.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 25, 2020

      It’s best on sunny days, I concur. Thanks for the feedback!

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  29. Wes H. · November 18, 2020

    This is my absolute favorite recipe. It looks incredible. Thank you!!

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 18, 2020

      Thank you! I appreciate the feedback! I’m glad that you like it.

  30. Maksim · December 4, 2020

    Can this recipe be saved in camera to switch between different recipes?
    Or can it be replicated as preset in Capture One?

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 6, 2020

      The recipe is meant to be used in-camera. Capture One won’t apply all of the settings (such as WB Shift, DR and CCE) to its interpretation of the settings to the RAW file.

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  35. Danyo Pang · July 6, 2021

    just curious can you use this portra 160 recipe for video?

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 6, 2021

      Yes! Grain isn’t an option in video, but otherwise you can use this, and you don’t have to color grade.

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  38. Alec · February 19, 2022

    Thanks Ritchie. Love the results from this recipe on my X-T2.

  39. Alberto · March 2, 2022

    Hi, what change would you suggest for a X-S10?

    • Ritchie Roesch · March 4, 2022

      Color Chrome FX Blue Off, Grain Weak Small, Clarity 0 or perhaps -2.

  40. Ray57 · April 6, 2022

    I use this recipe for my XS10 and GFX50SII, I find it much warmer when it’s used in sunshine , then I think this recipe maybe much better looking on some “cold” scene

    • Ritchie Roesch · April 7, 2022

      Portra, like a lot of Kodak films, is warm in general, but so much depends on how it’s shot, developed, scanned, viewed, etc. Good for warming up a cold scene, but also for emphasizing warmth in a warm scene. I appreciate the comment!

  41. Michael · April 15, 2022

    Love this recipe on my xt3. Will these settings work on the x100v? If not any suggestions to achieve this look?

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  43. commanderyi · May 16, 2022

    I noticed some photos come off to orange especially on the skin when it’s really bright. Is there a way around that?

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  45. Darren · July 3, 2022

    Will this work on xt4

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 3, 2022

      Yes! However, you have to decide on Color Chrome FX Blue (I suggest Off), Grain size (I suggest Small), and Clarity (I suggest either 0 or -2).

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