My Fujifilm X-T30 Polaroid II Film Simulation Recipe


Pear Blossom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Polaroid II”

I was recently viewing vintage Polaroid pictures online while conducting research for my “original” Polaroid film simulation recipe, and I stumbled across one picture in particular that caught my attention. It was dark, contrasty, with low saturation and a blue-purple color cast. I really liked the way that this picture looked. After digging a little deeper I discovered that this wasn’t a real Polaroid, but a digital image given a Polaroid aesthetic using a VSCO preset (I’m not sure which one). I set out to recreate that look in-camera, and that’s how this “Polaroid II” recipe came to be.

This isn’t a recipe that I would use all of the time, but it’s interesting sometimes. It’s actually somewhat similar to my Expired Eterna recipe. It’s not terribly far off from my Bleach Bypass recipe, either. If you like those two, you might also appreciate this one. In the right situations, this recipe will give you a vintage analogue look with just the right range of expression. This recipe is compatible with all X-Trans IV cameras.

Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +4
Color: -3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpness: -4
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: Shade, +4 Red & +6 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to -1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Polaroid II” recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:


Buildings in Park City – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Directv – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Roofs in a Row – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Slope – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Pine Tree & Cloud – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


White Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Pear Bloom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Veiled Peak – Farmington, UT  – Fujifilm X-T30


You – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


You II – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Kitchen Succulent – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Map & Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Young Barista – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


The Joy of Writing – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Girl with Blue Bow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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  1. Nabeela · April 12, 2020

    Happy blogging….

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  3. Nexbex · January 1, 2022

    There interesting thing I found about this Recipe VS the Polaroid V1 recipe is the colors remind me of the Polaroid 600 when in different conditions. When the 600 film is in cold conditions it presents a purple/green hues. When its in warmer conditions it produces Orange/Blue hues.

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2022

      It’s interesting how the temperature affects it like that. I appreciate the observation!

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