Digital Photography

Fujifilm JPG Film Simulations

I’ve never been one for the JPG Simulations available on any of the Fujifilm cameras I’ve owned

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!

By analogdave

I like cars, travel and film photography. Not always in that order!

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