250 Film Simulation Recipes in the FXW App — Here are 10 of my Favorites!

Abandoned Farm House – McKinney, TX – Fujifilm X-E4 – “Fujicolor Natura 1600”

The Fuji X Weekly App has reached a significant milestone: 250 Film Simulation Recipes! That’s incredible! When the App launched in December 2020, it had “over 100” (123 to be exact), and now it has more than double that. Wow!

I published my first two recipe, simply called Classic Chrome and Acros, on August 27, 2017. Now, five years later, there are 250. Actually, there are more than that, because 1) none of the more complicated double-exposure recipes (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) are in the App, and 2) it doesn’t include any of my Ricoh GR recipes or Nikon Z recipes (here, here, and here), nor any of the RitchieCam iPhone camera app filters.

I thought a fun way to celebrate the 250-recipes-in-the-App milestone would be to pick my favorite one from each block of 25. For some groups, I knew right away which recipe would represent it. For other groups, there were six or seven recipes that I strongly considered before making a decision—of course, that’s the trouble: there are way more than 10 Film Simulation Recipes that are my favorites! Half of these use Classic Chrome, three use Classic Negative, one uses Eterna, and one uses Acros.

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Now it’s your turn. Which of these 10 recipes do you like best? Which recipes not in this list are your favorites? Let me know!

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  1. justingould · September 29, 2022

    Congrats on the milestone, Ritchie. I know from experience how much hard work goes into running a project like yours, and I know I’m not alone in appreciating what you do.

  2. Dick · September 29, 2022

    Thank you Master ! For giving us sleepless nights (for which one to choose ) an endless search for space (not another one !) and shortness of breath and time to use them all just once ! Long may you reign and produce !

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 29, 2022

      Thanks! 😀 I appreciate your kindness!

  3. wwells0401 · September 29, 2022

    Wow, congratulations Ritchie! Impressive. I can speak confidently for myself and many others and say your recipes have not only changed how we use our Fujifilm cameras but how we look at our own photography output. As for your list, I have to agree on all of the Kodachrome recipes and Tri-X. All so good. In my own list, Kodak Gold is at the top and Kodak Portra 400 is inching its way up there.

    • Ritchie Roesch · September 29, 2022

      Kodak Gold is really underrated. I appreciate your feedback and kindness! 😀

  4. Francis.R. · October 2, 2022

    Congratulations, Ritchie : D From the list I have fond memories of the Kodachromes, and not from the list my favorite is Aged Color. Thank you for sharing this journey with many of us around the world, as always is fascinating what you do as it is something new and at the same time looks as nostalgic as something old. There are digital filters of course, but it is different to get it in camera and picture oneself in the moment and the place, than thinking in a photograph and picture oneself sat through software and manipulating curves, of course as somebody that here and there edits some photos there is nothing wrong about it, just that is less time to be outside and have joy in the world.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 3, 2022

      Aged Color is really under-appreciated. I’m so glad that you like it! 😀

      I think to “get it in camera” is something special; as you said, to be in the moment and place, and not after-the-fact trying to remember the emotion and mood. And, of course, the joy of enjoying the world instead of sitting at a computer…. 😀

      Thanks for the comment!

  5. Onno · November 22, 2022

    Hi Ritchie, currently I have on my XT4 your recipes: Fuji Natura 1600, Kodachrome 64, Kodachrome 25, Ilford Pan F50 Plus and Ilford Super 400. Also, I’m using a standard, but slightly modified, Classic Neg sim and Mario Secchi’s recipe “Portrait Pro”. In all recipes, I set “Clarity” to zero, since any other setting messes up the processing time of an image (can’t believe Fuji has not addressed this yet. Where is Kaizen when you need it?). Also, I always set “grain” in every recipe to zero, since for some reason, I’ve never learned to like the grain effect. Super grateful for all your hard work; it has contributed a lot to my enjoyment of the Fuji system and shooting in general!

    • Ritchie Roesch · November 25, 2022

      Yeah, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with “seasoning to taste” any recipe. It’s more important to find what works for you. I appreciate your kindness!

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