My Fujifilm X-T30 Dramatic Monochrome Film Simulation Recipe


The Obscurity of Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Dramatic Monochrome”

A couple of weeks ago when I was discussing the possibility of Fujifilm creating a black-and-white only camera, something that I came to learn by accident is that the Monochrome film simulation is pretty darn good. On X-Trans III & IV cameras, I have always used the Acros film simulation because it is beautiful and has a film-like quality to it. But there’s something about the “old-fashioned” Monochrome film simulation that’s nice, as well. I had never made a Monochrome film simulation for X-Trans III & IV cameras, so I set out to do so.

At first I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted, so I decided that the best starting point was to revisit the iconic photographs of the great photographers from the 1930’s, ’40’s and ’50’s—people like Ansel Adams, Andre Kertesz, Robert Doisneau, Weegee, Pual Strand, Elliott Erwitt and others. I realized that I was drawn to the high-contrast pictures that these photographers had created. I wanted to create a recipe that mimics that look in-camera. These settings, which I call Dramatic Monochrome, are what resulted from that.


Francis Peak – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Dramatic Monochrome”

For those with X-Trans III sensors, which don’t have the Color Chrome Effect, you’ll get similar results, but it won’t be quite as dramatic. The difference isn’t very big, so don’t worry about it. I would consider using +2 for Sharpness on X-Trans III instead of +3. On X-Trans IV cameras, you could give a +1 toning for a subtle warm look, such as what would happen if you gave a print a quick Sepia bath.

Monochrome (+Y, +R, +G)
Dynamic Range: DR200
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +4
Grain: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
Toning: 0
Sharpening: +3
Noise Reduction: -4
Exposure Compensation: 0 to +2/3 (typically)
ISO: Auto up to ISO 12800

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this Dramatic Monochrome film simulation recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:


Chair Near a Window – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Shadow Ware – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


White Pillow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Santa Fe – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Young Piano Hands – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Clouds Above The Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Wasatch Ridge Winter – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Lines In The Snow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Clouds Over The Frosted Hill – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


White Beyond Dark – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Frosted – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30


Darkness & Light – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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