Film Simulation Recipe Cards

There are almost 100 different film simulation recipes on Fuji X Weekly! One problem with having so many different recipes to choose from is that your Fujifilm camera can only save seven custom presets at a time. If there’s more than seven recipes that you regularly use, it can be inconvenient to keep track of your favorites, especially if you’re out-and-about photographing. One person’s solution is a recipe journal that’s kept in the camera bag for easy reference. A few people have created PDFs that can be accessed from a phone. But my favorite answer is this: Film Simulation Recipe Cards!

Fuji X Weekly reader Oleksii Prytuhin created credit-card-sized cards with his favorite film simulation recipes printed on them. They can be kept in a wallet for quick and easy reference. I love this! He printed them 86x54mm on thick paper with matte lamination. Really, I wish I had a box of Film Simulation Recipe Cards for every recipe, and I could pass them out to people who ask about my camera settings. Kind of like business cards. It’s such a neat idea!

The film simulation recipes that Oleksii created cards for are: Vintage Kodachrome (listed as Kodachrome 64, which is what the recipe is an early version of), Kodachrome II, Portra 400, Ilford HP5 Plus, Ilford Delta Push Process, Fujicolor Superia 800, Acros, CineStill 800T, Agfa Scala, Agfa Optima, Eterna, and Cine Teal. These are recipes that can be used on X-Trans III & X-Trans IV cameras. If you use any of these, there’s a Film Simulation Recipe Card for you!

Oleksii gave me permission to share the PDF with you. If you’re interested in printing these cards for yourself, click the download button below (which will open up the file and you can download it), and print them! I want to give Oleksii a big “thank you” for creating these and sharing them. I appreciate it! If you download and print the cards, let me know in the comments. Or, if you simply think this is a great idea, leave a little feedback. Thanks!

Update:
Oleksii sent me the film simulation recipe cards as JPEGs, to make it easier for those who want to add them to their phone. You can download a Word document that contains the JPEGs below. If you want to print them, the file above is what you want. If you just want to view them without printing, the file below might be better. Thanks, Oleksii!

Part 2

91 comments

  1. Randy Photography · 29 Days Ago

    Downloaded and a great idea! Appreciate his time and energy to do this for everyone.

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  2. Khürt Williams · 29 Days Ago

    Brilliant! Thank you, Oleksii.

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  3. Syd · 29 Days Ago

    Are you kidding me? Totally brilliant! Let’s get them printed on solid stock and make a deck. I will fund this on a Kickstarter!

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  4. Nicolas · 29 Days Ago

    Amazing work!
    Thank you both so much…
    Now, if only my X-E3 could only save more than one AWB I’d be extremely happy…
    But I’m looking forward to the X-E4 announced in the first quarter of 2021

    Cheers

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  5. Diana · 29 Days Ago

    Great idea! I would buy this as complete set! There are to many fantastic recipes 😊.
    Thank you both!

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  6. Douglas · 29 Days Ago

    That’s a great idea. Its impossible to remember all the settings when out and about. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. everydaycebuanolife · 29 Days Ago

    This is really neat! This is gonna help and inspire me to shoot more with film simulations. Thank you so much FUJI X WEEKLY for your recipes and thank you to OLEKSII for making these cards making it easy for us. 👍👍👍

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    • Jakob Steffel · 28 Days Ago

      Hi
      Does anyone know if this works on the Fuji X Pro 1? I cant find any information about it. But the Idea, Design and that he shared it is just perfect! Thank you!

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 28 Days Ago

        It’s not. The X-Pro1 is X-Trans I, so these recipes won’t work. I would lave to have a whole set that includes all of the recipes for all of the sensors. Maybe that’s something that can be done someday.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 28 Days Ago

      You are very welcome!

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  8. dennytestnutzer · 29 Days Ago

    Wow! Great work Oleskii! Thanky you so much. 😉

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  9. asturhugo · 29 Days Ago

    Great!!! Thanks 🙂

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  10. projek_hm · 29 Days Ago

    Great work! Thank you very much.

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  11. Dick · 29 Days Ago

    Hi Richy,
    As a follow-up to the Oleskii´s wonderful idea, I was thinking maybe you could save the various setups – recipes via X-Acquire to a camera card and then load it into the camera through the firmware update method ? That way you could take the whole ‘collection’ with you and load it in the ‘field’. I haven’t tried it yet but I’d love to hear your thoughts.
    Cheers.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 28 Days Ago

      I think it’s a wonderful idea! I think Fujifilm should absolutely make this possible. I’m not sure the practicality of doing it myself. Unfortunately, I’m not tech-savvy enough. But maybe someone else is?

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      • TJ · 27 Days Ago

        on my XT-3 , i did save some custom recipe (from memory up to 7 recipes, on top of the original ones)
        but, i believe you should know this already

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    • 360interiorphotography.asia · 9 Days Ago

      Hi Dick,
      That’s a great idea! How wonderful it would be if we could store these recipes on a card and then ‘load’ them as if we were loading 35mm film. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. I tried using the ‘BACKUP CAMERA SETTINGS’ functionality on X Acquire, which gives you a .dat file. I then uploaded that file on a formatted SD card that I tried to boot on my X-T2 (while holding the ‘DISP BACK’ button) and got an error message saying ‘FIRMWARE NOT FOUND. TURN OFF THE CAMERA’.

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 6 Days Ago

        I think it’s something Fujifilm themselves have to enable. I hope they do. It would be great if you could do it through an app.

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  12. donostro · 29 Days Ago

    Wow great work. Downloaded and going to a printing service to make pocket size cards.
    Thanks

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  13. eemac73 · 29 Days Ago

    Thank you so much!

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  14. Georgiy Kuzmin · 29 Days Ago

    Great idea! For me and my students it’s an ideal example of how a creative project with a distinct purpose should look like. It’s about vision and design thinking.

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  15. RDM · 29 Days Ago

    These cards are great. Remind me off pro 3.

    I try to kept things digital so I also downloaded them to one of the Apple notebooks under film simulation. I now need a way to cross index them by qualities, basic B&W, color, DR, color shifting , your explanations have been great.

    I am also keep them on my computer for the Fuji post processing with descriptions.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 28 Days Ago

      That’s a great idea! It would be awesome if there was an app that could filter the recipes by those things.

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    • woooker · 27 Days Ago

      Yeah, I’ve been thinking about digital storage for recipes.
      I’ve created cards to be physical/analog and tactile, because its somehow continues my experience of shooting on Fujifilm camera. But it is true that it would be inconvenient to carry more then 15-20 cards.

      Maybe best thing for big collection of recipes would be an app for the phone with a gallery of film simulation cards with filters and other stuff. I could create UI and prototype it, but I do not have skills to develop it. If anybody with skills to develop such an app is interested please contact me. Maybe we could create something cool together!

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  16. Oknem · 29 Days Ago

    Great idea Oleksii! Would even be better if you guys could add an empty one too. I personally sometimes like to adjust recipes depending on different (vintage) lenses that I use, so it would be great to be able to fill them in myself. So far I’ve been making screenshots of the recipes I use (but difficult to add the different WB’s)
    😉

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  17. Ben · 29 Days Ago

    As a beginner, I love seeing the variety these cameras and settings can offer. but is this only to reproduce the result in the JPEG of the photo? What’s the best way to reproduce this in Lightroom or any other post-processing software

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 28 Days Ago

      I’m not real sure, as these are intended for SOOC JPEGs. I know Capture One, for example , if you shoot RAW+JPEG, if you compare the SOOC JPEG with their interpretation of it on the RAW image, it’s pretty similar but not exactly the same.

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  18. Keith J. · 29 Days Ago

    I downloaded the file, saved each card as its own jpeg file, brought it into the Photos app on the iPhone, and created an album so now I can just go to that album and flip through each card.

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  19. Torsten · 28 Days Ago

    Excellent idea, but it’s easier to use your smartphone. I’m using Google Notes for this. The headline is the name of the recipe; in the text, I’m copying the settings plus a picture.

    My smartphone is always with me, so I don’t have to take other stuff with me.

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  20. Charles · 28 Days Ago

    This is fantastic, thank you both!

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  21. Bill · 28 Days Ago

    Great idea! Thank you so much.👍😀

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  22. Paul Hand · 28 Days Ago

    Great idea … many thanks. Now we need Fuji to give us a way to add them to the back screen… that would be fab.

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  23. Miguel Ángel · 28 Days Ago

    Que buena idea!!
    Gracias a ambos por compartir

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  24. Martin Tolley · 28 Days Ago

    Thanks to both of you for creating and sharing. These are just superb. I love the film packaging graphic work which goes with these. They bring back so many memories to someone who used them for real more years ago than I want to talk about.

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  25. Justin · 28 Days Ago

    Cool idea! I created a spreadsheet of my favorite recipes and carry a printout in my bag. Not nearly as cool as this method!

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  26. m_ott · 28 Days Ago

    People who like to have such information always with them digitally can also access this constantly updated list of simulations, which contains not only Ritchie’s recipes but also others. In the “Mobile” worksheet, there is also a clearly arranged presentation for when you are on the road. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1R7Zau2LIoy5vd5sPXrIGmtGbrSGlj_fPYPPG2rsWMFg/edit#gid=1620329703

    Nevertheless I really like the analog version presented here.

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  27. m_ott · 28 Days Ago

    People who like to have such information always with them digitally can also access this constantly updated list of simulations, which contains not only Ritchie’s recipes but also others. In the “Mobile” worksheet, there is also a clearly arranged presentation for when you are on the road. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1R7Zau2LIoy5vd5sPXrIGmtGbrSGlj_fPYPPG2rsWMFg/edit#gid=2121314228

    Nevertheless I really like the analog version presented here.

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  28. sumengshen · 28 Days Ago

    Deck. Cards. If you put these two words together and add a human being, at the end it means only one thing — let the game begin.
    Make a deck, shuffle, pick a random card — that’s your film recipe choice for the day. Sometimes let the fortune make a decision for you. Boost your creativity by using something you stuck with, instead of something you’ve picked.
    Out with a friend or a group of Fuji friends? Shuffle the deck and pick a card for each person. Boom, same location, same conditions, different film. Compete.

    And back to the cards themselves…
    Original idea is fantastic and the execution is flawless. Oleksii is a true master of turning ideas into an item.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 27 Days Ago

      I love that idea! Brilliant! That sounds like a fun game!

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      • Robin · 21 Days Ago

        That’s a cool idea. I already stick with a chosen recipe for 36 frames. I could add a little randomness too 👍

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 21 Days Ago

        I think the idea of picking a recipe at random is interesting and would be fun.

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  29. Oleksii Prytuhin · 27 Days Ago

    Wow! I’m glad you guys appreciate it!
    Im working on new cards right now and will share them soon

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  30. Oleksii · 27 Days Ago

    If somebody will print them, I would appreciate a feedback about how they turned out. If there is some problems feel free to contact me.

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  31. Junot · 27 Days Ago

    Hi, a Fuji X-T3 and (soon to be) X-S10 owner here!

    What a coincidence to see this here! A few weeks ago I made my own set of recipe “cheat” cards 🙂

    I was looking for a solution for this situation: I want to have access to all my favorite recipes on the go, but I did not want to store them on my phone. Holding and browsing my phone is too much hassle, combined with holding my camera. So I came up with the idea to print them on little pieces of paper, laminate them, and attach them to a self retractable ID badge/key chain/belt clip thing. That way I can just pull out the cards, adjust camera settings, and drop the cards:

    Some cards explinations:
    – I made a Word document, 2 page (one for front of cards, and one for the back), printed it double sided and cut the cards.
    – Cards marked with a “★” are simulations for later X-Trans IV sensors.
    – In red are the recipe names.
    – Printed in bold font are the only settings you may have to adjust when the recipe is stored as a custom setting and you want to select that.
    – A sample picture is also on the back (or front?) of the card for quick reference.

    This system works great for me! Very quick access to all my favorite recipes, with samples, most important settings to change, etc.

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  32. ozkanselcukblog · 25 Days Ago

    thanks but superia 800 card is classic neg and not Pro Neg. Std. 🙂

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  33. Jeroen · 25 Days Ago

    Many thanks and an awesome idea to do this. Thanks to Richy and Oleskii.

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  34. Miroslav P · 24 Days Ago

    God bless you, guys, for the great idea!

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  35. rellom · 22 Days Ago

    In Lightroom, when you add grain, is that only on jpegs?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 21 Days Ago

      In camera, Grain is only added to the JPEGs, as far as I’m aware. I don’t believe (but I could be wrong) Lightroom is adding any faux grain.

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  36. Robin · 21 Days Ago

    This are really handy and they look so cool too!

    Are these all for the x-trans III sensor? The Kodachrome 64 recipe is for the IV I believe, but seems like the clarity is missing.

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 21 Days Ago

      Yes, X-Trans III. The “Kodachrome 64” card is actually my Vintage Kodachrome recipe.

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  37. Isiaka Oluewu · 20 Days Ago

    I sold my 100v and now have the GFX 50R. Which one of the recipes will work with it?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 19 Days Ago

      That’s a great question that I don’t have a definitive answer to, since I’ve never used the camera. But I believe the X-T30/X-T3 X-Trans IV recipes (as well as X-Trans III) are fully compatible.

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  38. Jack · 16 Days Ago

    Sort of wish the Fujifilm app allows you to have more custom settings like this that connects over Bluetooth so you can hotswap recipes, out and about.

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  40. Kim · 15 Days Ago

    ETERNA: C +4 is wrong, should be C -4

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 14 Days Ago

      I noticed that, too. Not sure if it’s a typo or Oleksii’s preference for that recipe.

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