My Fujifilm X-T30 Polaroid II Film Simulation Recipe

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Pear Blossom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Polaroid II”

I was recently viewing vintage Polaroid pictures online while conducting research for my “original” Polaroid film simulation recipe, and I stumbled across one picture in particular that caught my attention. It was dark, contrasty, with low saturation and a blue-purple color cast. I really liked the way that this picture looked. After digging a little deeper I discovered that this wasn’t a real Polaroid, but a digital image given a Polaroid aesthetic using a VSCO preset (I’m not sure which one). I set out to recreate that look in-camera, and that’s how this “Polaroid II” recipe came to be.

This isn’t a recipe that I would use all of the time, but it’s interesting sometimes. It’s actually somewhat similar to my Expired Eterna recipe. It’s not terribly far off from my Bleach Bypass recipe, either. If you like those two, you might also appreciate this one. In the right situations, this recipe will give you a vintage analogue look with just the right range of expression. This recipe is compatible with all X-Trans IV cameras.

Eterna
Dynamic Range: DR100
Highlight: +4
Shadow: +4
Color: -3
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpness: -4
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Strong
White Balance: Shade, +4 Red & +6 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: 0 to -1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Polaroid II” recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:

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Buildings in Park City – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Directv – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Roofs in a Row – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Slope – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Pine Tree & Cloud – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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White Tree – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Pear Bloom – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Veiled Peak – Farmington, UT  – Fujifilm X-T30

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You – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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You II – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Kitchen Succulent – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Map & Leaves – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Young Barista – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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The Joy of Writing – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Girl with Blue Bow – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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My Fujifilm X-T30 Polaroid Film Simulation Recipe

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Red Benches & Post Office – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Polaroid”

I get asked frequently to create film simulation recipes for all sorts of different looks. Sometimes I’m successful, oftentimes I’m not. I received one such request recently that was a little unusual: the stills from the television series True Detective. The set photographer for this show is Michele K. Short. The show itself was shot using Kodak Vision3 50D and 500T film. Michele likely photographed the stills with her Leica M10-P, and edited them to look like analog pictures. Honestly, I have no idea what specific film they’re supposed to resemble, but I was able to pretty quickly create something that is in the ballpark of those stills.

I looked and looked at different films to figure out what this aesthetic might be close to. I didn’t find anything that I was satisfied with. There were a couple of films that I thought, “Well, you can make an argument, but it’s a stretch.” I decided that it most reminds me of Polaroid peal-apart film, perhaps 669. It’s not intended to resemble Polaroid, and perhaps it doesn’t do so very well, but I needed a name, and I wasn’t going to call this recipe “True Detective” so I went with “Polaroid” instead. Whether this does or doesn’t resemble Polaroid, I think you’ll find it produces interesting results. Some of you are going to really appreciate this film simulation recipe!

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Abstract Architecture – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 “Polaroid”

You can get good results with this recipe when you over, under or correctly expose, but some of my favorite pictures were overexposed. There’s a lot of latitude with this recipe. It’s fun to play around with. It seems especially well suited for high contrast scenes, although it can still be used in mid and low contrast scenes. It’s compatible with all X-Trans IV cameras and the Fujifilm X-H1.

Eterna
Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlight: +4
Shadow: -2
Color: -2
Noise Reduction: -4
Sharpness: -1
Grain Effect: Strong
Color Chrome Effect: Off
White Balance: Auto, +5 Red & -5 Blue
ISO: Auto, up to ISO 6400
Exposure Compensation: -2/3 to +1 (typically)

Example photographs, all camera-made JPEGs using this “Polaroid” recipe on my Fujifilm X-T30:

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Red, White & View – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Storm Behind Rural Neighborhood – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Thistle Evening – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Girl Unsure on Path – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Dormant Branches & Half Moon – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Reeds & Mountain – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Evening Light at Francis Peak – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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House Roof – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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House – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Garage Rooftops – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Bicycle Boy – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Hooded Boy – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Joyful Girl – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Smile – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Girl with Curls – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Happily Running – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Paw Patrol – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Shoe on a Red Tricycle – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Wilting Flower – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Lots of Luck – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Lamp – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Leafy Indoor Decor – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Lamp in Daylight – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Empty Ski Lift – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Trees & Lift – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Pine Tree & Clouds – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Snow At The Fuel Stop – Farmington, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Unused Snow Bridge – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Park City’s Empty Street – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Downtown Park City, April 2020 – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Park City Buildings – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Flag U – Park City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

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Center Street Lamp – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X-T30

See also: Film Simulation Recipes

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