I get asked frequently to create film simulation recipes for many different film aesthetics, but sometimes I get asked to recreate the look of a photographer and not a film. This recipe falls into the latter category, as it is intended to resemble the aesthetic of Preet (Instagram), a photographer from Dubai. Preet uses a Fujifilm X-Pro3, but he shoots RAW and edits in Lightroom. In fact, he told me that he will soon be releasing his own Lightroom presets so that you can get his aesthetic in-software. I wanted to get close tp his look in-camera without the need for RAW editing, so I created this film simulation recipe, which is modeled after Preet’s pictures. It’s not an exact match, but probably as close as you can get straight-out-of-camera.
I can recognize Preet’s images without even seeing his name. They are bright, low-contrast (but typically of high-contrast scenes), and vibrant with a warm yellow-ish cast. They are almost kodak-esque, but not exactly like any specific film, and clean without grain. This film simulation recipe is pretty close to that aesthetic. Preet photographs a lot of beach scenes, buildings, and cars. I’m reminded of a bright summer day, which is why I call this recipe “Bright Summer.”
I found with this recipe that sometimes Color should be set to +3 instead of +4 to better match Preet’s look, but oftentimes +4 is better, and occasionally +5 would be most correct if such a setting existed. If you prefer Color set to +3 don’t be afraid to do it. White Balance Shift occasionally looks more correct with Red set to -5, but I found -4 to be better for most pictures. It’s a similar situation for Blue: -3 is sometimes a better match, but most often -2 is most correct. You’ll have to decide if you prefer the recipe as stated below, or if -5 Red & -2 Blue, or -5 Red & -3 Blue, or -4 Red and -3 Blue works better for you. It might vary from picture-to-picture. Although I have Grain set to Off, I would consider setting it to Weak and Small, but that’s just my taste. To get even closer to Preet’s look, bring down the highlights and lift the shadows very slightly with a curves adjustment in-software (which, of course, is completely optional). This film simulation recipe is only compatible with the Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3 and X-T4.
Dynamic Range: DR400
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Off
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Off
White Balance: 7100K, -4 Red & -2 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1 to +2 (typically)
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Bright Summer” film simulation recipe (without any modifications) on my Fujifilm X100V:
See also: Film Simulation Recipes
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Very cool! Thank you for your hard work and creativity. And thank Preet for being the inspiration.
Thanks! I appreciate it! And, yes, thank Preet!
I like this recipe a lot already. Lots of yellow and blue going on. I just briefly checked Preet’s IG (didn’t know him before) but I can tell that you nailed it in-camera.
Thanks so much!
Very nice one this …..
But since it immediately reminded me of a sixties hit-song by The Lovin’ Spoonful I think the name should actually be “Hot summer” as in the song: Summer in the city
Check it out:
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City (Audio) – YouTube
http://www.youtube.com › watch
Hot town, summer in the city Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty Been down, isn’t it a pity Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city…
colors are really reminiscent of that “summer in the city” …..
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Van: Fuji X Weekly Verzonden: zondag 13 september 2020 01:01 Aan: firstname.lastname@example.org Onderwerp: [New post] Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Recipe: Bright Summer
Ritchie Roesch posted: ” Yellow Shack – Syracuse, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Bright Summer” I get asked frequently to create film simulation recipes for many different film aesthetics, but sometimes I get asked to recreate the look of a photographer and not a film. This recipe fa”
Great idea! Preet suggested the name Preetra 400, lol!
I’d love this setting for X-trans 2. Do you think it could be possible to do something close ?
You would have to go +2 on Color (not +4), ignore Color Chrome Effect, use a diffusion filter (such as 20% CineBloom or 1/2 BPM) in lieu of Clarity, and adjust the shift to something around -2R & 0B, and it should be somewhat similar—obviously it won’t be identical, but as close as you’ll get.
That’s a wonderful 60’s summer look! Love it. Might try in XT4.
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Yes, 1960’s summer! I appreciate the feedback!
Can I use this film simulation for the XT 30?
Thank you for your work.
Unfortunately, no. You can disregard Clarity and see what happens, but it won’t be exactly the same. Similar, though, so don’t be afraid to try it.
Adding a 1/8 pro mist can forego the clarity. Preet does use a pro mist filter for his look.
Question: How do I set kelvin and add a shift. I can only add shifts to the other modes. Xt3
That’s odd. I can adjust the WB Shift on Kelvin the same as the other WB options. I’m not sure what the issue might be. Perhaps call Fujifilm customer support?
I have a 1/4 pro mist that I use more on video than stills. I’ll have to get a 1/8 to use for stills. Thank you for the input!
Hi Ritchie! I just got the X100F but this is my favorite recipe you’ve made. Could this recipe be modified to get something resembling it on the X100F? Also the slight haze (especially in the stop sign photo) is lovely, is this just the grain effect? Thanks for all your effort and recipes, your posts are what inspired me to upgrade to the X100 series after being strictly DSLR.
That might be tough, but feel free to try. Minus Clarity is what gives the recipe a haze look, maybe if you use a Pro Mist filter you can use that instead of Clarity. You don’t have Color Chrome Effect, so that will change the look a little. I say give it a try and see how it goes. I appreciate your comment!
Hello, how about astia it is more colorful and soft look than cc
Astia doesn’t have the right color palette for Preet’s aesthetic, but feel free to try it anyway, it might look good nonetheless.
I love this recipe as it has such bright happy colours! Here are a few shots from my Fujifilm X-T4 using this recipe … https://youtu.be/bp-LUPP7hmg .
I’m so glad that you like it! Thanks for sharing your video!
Hey, planing on using this for my next trip down south and I own x-t30 which the only thing here missing is “Clarity: -5”. Do you think the recipe would still work ok or maybe there is something I could adjust to compensate for that?
You can pick up a diffusion filter, like a 20% CineBloom for example, to use instead of Clarity. I think roughly speaking, 5% CineBloom is good for replicating -1 or -2 Clarity, 10% CineBloom for -3 or -4, and 20% CineBloom for -5 Clarity. Other brands can work, too, if you have a Pro Mist or something.
Thanks for the wonderful sets of filters, I’ve bought the premium version in the app and i am enjoying a lot. Question: how can i bring the same colours in the raw file? I mean from the pc it really looks in another way 🙁
Thank you a lot
The RAW software will apply its version of its interpretation of some (but not all) of the JPEG data. To what extent depends on the specific software, but none will apply all of the JPEG settings (nor will its version of the settings be identical). It’s possible with enough fiddling to achieve results similar to the JPEG, but it will take a little work to do so. I hope this makes sense.
Hello, why wouldn’t this work on the xe4?
It does. When I published this, the X-E4 didn’t yet exist, so that’s why it’s not listed in the article. In the Fuji X Weekly App, you’ll see the X-E4 is listed as a compatible camera with this Recipe.
Works well in full sun. Makes dripping bougainvillea looks beautiful, too.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands. So quaint, so Canarian: https://i.imgur.com/ZPVyUZO.jpg
That’s really great! Thanks for sharing!
I really love this fujirecipe but I can’t use cause im using fujifilm XT3 any setting you can suggest.
Ignore Clarity and Grain size, and use a diffusion filter like 20% CineBloom or 1/2 Black Pro Mist.
Did you use any diffusion filter on that photos?