As a RAW only file kind of guy, I’ve never been one for the JPG Simulations available on any of the Fujifilm cameras I’ve owned, with maybe the exception of Acros which I dabbled with for a short time.
Having now decided to try and use my Fuji X-Pro1 a little more than I have done over the past 12 months or so, I’m experimenting with the idea of using JPG with a simulation of some kind, to make it simple.
I’ve toyed around with quite a few different ideas, read a bunch about all the options available and come to the decision that in spite of the X-Pro1 being a bit less flexible with what’s available (here’s looking at you Classic Chrome, Acros, Eterna & Negative Pro), finding something I like for my own eye is not simple.
At present, I’m playing around with all sorts of different ideas and the following ‘recipe’ is where I am currently.
- Film simulation: Astia
- Dynamic Range: DR200
- Auto-WB Shift: +4 Red, -5 Blue
- Highlights: +1
- Shadows: +1
- Color: -2
- Noise reduction: -2
- Sharpening: 0
Post processing in Lightroom on the JPG file –
- Tweak exposure if required.
I tend to shoot around -1/3 to 2/3rds under most of the time.
- Add a slight vignette (around -7)
- Add a slight fade on the shadows using the tone curve
I usually set the black point to 11/11)
- Increase clarity (no more than 10)
- Apply a greenish tint to the shadows in the Split Tone area.
- Add a little grain
It certainly offers a different look to what I’m used to, but indoors shot at ISO1600 which increases the grain, I kind of like it. I’ll maybe update this post with outdoor photographs when I get more chance to try this recipe out!