Two New (Yet Old) Film Simulation Recipes

I just added two new film simulation recipes to the Fuji X Weekly app!

These two recipes aren’t actually new, they’re just new to the app. I’ve created so many different film simulation recipes over the last few years, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them all. Right now there are 135 different ones on the app! The two that I just added were somehow overlooked. By request, they’re now included on the app.

Let’s take a look at these two new (yet old) film simulation recipes!

Stephan Shore Kodacolor

Pointing Towards the Sky – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

My Kodacolor film simulation recipe is quite popular as it produces a great vintage-analog aesthetic that’s easy to love. Kodacolor film has been around for a long time—the name was first used by Kodak in 1942—and many different emulsions have had this brand name on it. Interestingly, Kodacolor was the first color negative film intended for making prints.

Stephen Shore shot a lot of Kodacolor, mostly Kodacolor-X and Kodacolor II, but also likely the original Kodacolor, Kodacolor 400, and Kodacolor-VR. While Shore did shoot 35mm film, he is most known for his medium-format and large-format photographs. Something I learned is that medium and large format Kodacolor film is more saturated than the 35mm emulsion. The only difference between the original Kodacolor recipe and the Stephen Shore Kodacolor recipe is that Color is turned up a little, otherwise they’re identical.

Faux Eterna

Smiling Jonathan – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

When Fujifilm introduced the Eterna film simulation on the X-H1, I received several requests to create a recipe that mimics it for cameras that don’t have Eterna. At the time, there weren’t many example pictures captured with Eterna, yet I made an attempt anyway, but it turned out to be inaccurate. Once I had a chance to use Eterna, I created this Faux Eterna recipe, which is much closer to the film simulation.

Faux Eterna is intended to look like “stock” Eterna (Highlight, Shadow, and Color set to 0, plus auto-white-balance with no shift). It’s nothing fancy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good look. There are other fake Eterna recipes that I created for cameras that don’t have it, including one that mimics my X-Trans IV Eterna recipe for X-Trans III, one that mimics that Eterna recipe but for X-Trans II, and, if you look at the bottom of the Expired Eterna recipe for X-Trans IV, you’ll find a version of that for X-Trans III cameras.

9 comments

  1. Michal · February 18

    Neat idea with the app, but why there’s no Android version? Any plans to launch one?

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  2. gaspertim · February 18

    I’ve been a professional photographer for decades, more than 5. Mostly shooting film, of course, til the advent of digital, but I still shoot mostly film. I remember the big to-do about digital coming out and how it will kill off film. The new rage and all that. And here we are in 2021 and these digital cameras are coming out and highly promoting their digital’s camera film simulations capabilities. Does anyone see the irony here? Glad I still have ALL of my film cameras. Oh…and my digital one…all 3 of them. Keep shooting…non-simulation (the real thing).

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 19

      I have a collection of film cameras, mostly 35mm. They’re fun to use… I don’t shoot with them nearly enough. They’re mostly collecting dust, unfortunately. Thank you for the comment!

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  3. Robin · February 25

    Nice work Ritchie, Stephan Shore is a go to photographer when in need of inspiration.

    Q: have you ever thought about running your own flicker group for people to compare and discuss different results obtained using your recipes?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · February 25

      I have thought about it. I don’t really have the time to moderate it, or participate much. As the popularity of this blog has grown, my time is stretched more and more, so I have been looking for things to cut, and social media is one thing I’m spending less time with. But it’s a great idea, for sure!

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  4. Danil · February 25

    Hi Ritchie!

    I think there is a mistake in the FujiXWeekly app for this recipe:
    In the app the film simulation is Classic Negative instead of Classic Chrome.

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  5. Danil · February 25

    Just realized that I did not mention the recipe – it’s the Stephan Shore Kodacolor recipe, sorry!

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