Fujifilm X-Trans IV Film Simulation Recipe: Kodak Portra 400 Warm

Old Trolley Building – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Portra 400 Warm”

This Kodak Portra 400 Warm recipe came about after the Kyle McDougall Portra-Style comparison article. These settings are an attempt to get closer to Kyle’s preset aesthetic. Some film simulation recipes are good for everyday use, while some are good only in the right situations. This is one falls into the latter category, I think. This recipe isn’t for everyone or every situation, but for some people in the right situations, this recipe will be greatly loved! I think it looks best in sunny daylight, but can produce interesting results occasionally in other lighting situations, too. Thank you to Ryan for helping out with this!

One film can have many different looks depending on how it’s shot, developed, and scanned or printed. This Kodak Portra 400 Warm film simulation recipe is an alternative aesthetic. Portra 400 was introduced by Kodak in 1998, and was redesigned in 2006 and again in 2010. As the name implies, it’s intended for portrait photography, but can be used for many other types of photography. It’s similar to Portra 160, but with more contrast, saturation and grain. Believe it or not, ISO 400 was considered “high ISO” by many photographers back in the film days, and Portra 400 was one of the absolute best “high ISO” color films ever made.

Evening Chair – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V – “Kodak Portra 400 Warm”

If you like my other Portra recipes, you might like this one, too. It uses Clarity, which slows down the camera considerably—I hope that Fujifilm speeds this up with a firmware update at some point. This recipe is only compatible with the latest Fujifilm X-Trans IV cameras: the X-Pro3, X100V, X-T4, X-S10, and X-E4. This was a Patron early-access recipe on the Fuji X Weekly App, so if you are a Patron you’ve had access to this Kodak Portra 400 Warm recipe for awhile—there’s now a new early-access recipe in its place, so be sure to check that out!

Classic Chrome
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: -1
Shadow: -2
Color: +2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpening: -2
Clarity: -2
Grain Effect: Strong, Small
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect Blue: Off
White Balance: 5500K, 0 Red & -7 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: +2/3 to +1 1/3 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Kodak Portra 400 Warm” film simulation recipe:

Dumpster, Truck – Layton, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Beer & Wings – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Bright Yellow House – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X100V
Western Structure – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Turn of the Century – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Train Bridge – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
New Holland – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Food Field – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Sunlight in the Forest – Sundance, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Leaves Below Tree – Sundance, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Wispy Grass – Sundance, UT – Fujifilm X-E4
Pond Creek – Sundance, UT – Fujifilm X-E4

Find these film simulation recipes and many more on the Fuji X Weekly — Film Recipes App!

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  1. JR · July 6, 2021

    Thank you so much for this one Ritchie! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for it! : )

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    • Ritchie Roesch · July 6, 2021

      Awesome! I hope that you enjoy it!


    • tristh · August 26, 2021

      Hi Ritchie! If you use brust mode with clarity effect do you don’t have a problem with recording time 🙂 you can capture all shoots and then the camera will process all file with custom film

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      • Ritchie Roesch · August 28, 2021

        Unfortunately, burst mode disables Clarity, and that is why it’s faster. This is a good strategy, but you have to know that Clarity is not applied, so if you shoot RAW+JPEG, you can add Clarity later (either in-camera RAW processing or X RAW Studio), or, if you like the results without Clarity, simply leave it be.


  2. stuartshafran · July 6, 2021

    Really beautiful look and feel to the photos with this recipe!

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  5. rh · July 14

    it would be awesome if there was a way to convert these recipes to LUTS for filming on flog

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ritchie Roesch · July 16

      It would be awesome! Much more complex than it might initially seem, though (I tried… with one of the top people in the photo-software field… but it didn’t work out, for various reasons).


  6. Luc1 · 17 Days Ago

    Great simulation! But isn’t compatible with Fuji x-t30 II ?

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    • Ritchie Roesch · 17 Days Ago

      It is indeed compatible. When I published this, the X-T30 II didn’t yet exist, that’s why it’s not listed.


      • Luc1 · 17 Days Ago

        Thank you very much! And thanks again for your absolutely great work!

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      • Ritchie Roesch · 17 Days Ago

        You are welcome! 😀


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