Kodak introduced Portra 800 in 1998. The Portra line has seen a number of revisions and updates over the years, but I couldn’t find any information if the current Portra 800 film is the exact same emulsion from 1998, or if it’s gone through some changes over the years like the ISO 400 and 160 versions. Portra 800 is one of the best options for high-ISO color photography, but I’ve never shot it myself.
There are some good online resources that are helpful when creating film simulation recipes for films that I’ve never used, which I did consult, but that’s not how these settings came about. You see, there’s a new version of my Portra 400 recipe (which I know you’ll love) that’s coming soon, and this recipe is a variant of that. Thomas Schwab, who I’ve collaborated with on a number of different recipes (including Portra 400), and who has actually shot Portra 800, helped me out with this one. Thanks, Thomas!
I know that many of will love this Kodak Portra 800 film simulation recipe! It’s really nice, and has a good film-like aesthetic. Does it faithfully resemble real Portra 800? I think it does, but film can look different depending on how it’s shot, developed, scanned or printed, and this recipe won’t mimic every aspect of the film. Even so, I think this one will be quite popular, and many of you will use it regularly. It’s only compatible (as of this writing) with the Fujifilm X100V, X-Pro3, X-T4 and X-S10 cameras.
Dynamic Range: DR400
Noise Reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Strong, Large
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Weak
White Balance: 5200K, +1 Red & -5 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +1/3 to +1 (typically)
Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this new Kodak Portra 800 film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X100V:
See also: Fujifilm X-Trans IV Recipes
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Man, I really need more slots in the camera… lol Looks great!
Thanks so much! I do wish that there were more than 7 slots!
Looks beautiful 🙂
Nice work! I like seeing all of these recipes of currently available film stocks, like the Portras. Keep ’em coming 🙂
Thanks! I appreciate it. More coming soon!
THIS is my favorite Portra recipe! Fujifilm listen! We need C1-C99 🙏😉
Thank you Ritchie!
Yes, way more slots than 7! Thank you for your work on this!
Really like November Cherries, can’t wait for the new Portra 400
I appreciate it!
I would love to see an article comparing yor Portra Recipes, as well as one comparing the Superia Recipes and your opinion on when to use which of these 🙂
I really appreciate your work and the time you put into all of this. Thank you for all of this.
That’s a great idea! I appreciate the suggestion!
Thanks! I love the results. I’ve changed the white balance to auto with the same shifts, as it produces pretty much the same results outdoors without causing indoor shots to become pretty much completely sepia
That’s one of my suggestions in this article:
There are other options, but simply switching to AWB is probably the most practical.
Hi Ritchie been looking at this and some street photography shots from this insta account https://instagram.com/feshku?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
I have an XT5, do you think this recipe would provide similar results to that insta account?
I’m actually reminded a lot of this one:
Set Color to +4 (instead of +3)… it probably should be +5 or +6, but those don’t exist. Because your X-T5 will render blue more deeply, you might consider setting the WB Shift to -6 Blue (instead of -5).
Thanks, look forward to giving it a go on a sunny day 🙂
I have xt2 and x100f cameras and would love to have this effect but the settings on my camera is limited 🙁 do u know if I can still alter to make it close to porta 800?
I think of you ignore Grain size, Color Chrome FX Blue, and Clarity (since your cameras don’t have those options), and use a diffusion filter, like 10% CineBloom or 1/4 Black Pro Mist, you’ll get similar results.
thank you Ritchie!
I love it. Do you have any idea for x-trans II?
You could use a 10% CineBloom or 1/4 BPM diffusion filter to replace Clarity. There’s not a +3 Color, Color Chrome Effect, Color Chrome FX Blue, or Grain option for X-Trans II, so that would be a challenge. You’d have to subtract some red and add some blue to the WB Shift to compensate for the warmer X-Trans II rendering. I’m not sure how close you can get, but it’s something to take a look at.
I appreciate the comment!