Welcome to another classic film simulation recipe for Fujifilm cameras. In this article, we will be looking at a recipe that simulates the Porta 400 film stock made by Kodak. Continue through the article to see the sample images because I believe this one to be a standout recipe. Fujifilm Classic Film Simulation Recipe: Kodak Porta 800
Kodak Porta is a daylight-balanced colour negative film intended for professional use. Portraiture and wedding photography were the primary targets for Porta.
Available in 3 speeds, 160, 400, and 800 ISO, the 160 and 400. 160 and 400 were also available in “natural colour” and “vivid colour” variations.
Since its introduction in 1998, Kodaks Porta has had two updates in 2010 and 2011. These updates included a finer grain, improved sharpness and naturally rendered skin tones.
2. Positive Observations
This recipe is undoubtedly the closest render to a film stock I have published since starting the simulation category at Shutter Gang. The detail and sharpness are perfect for a film look. Furthermore, the colour balance renders images extremely close to actual Porta 800 prints.
The tone curve sets a good balance between highlights and shadows, with neither one too strong nor creating too much contrast between the two.
The colours are punchy, and blue skies chrome nicely. Despite this, they still render images passable as film prints. This is an incredible recipe, bravo Fuji x Weekly.
3. Negative Observations
Despite my appreciation of the recipe, it still has its weaknesses.
The first would be its tendency to lose its vibrancy and render images with an overly green hue in limited light. This is due to the kelvin setting of 5200. To overcome this drawback, one could alter this to match the light in their environment.
The second weakness would be its unforgiving highlights that tend to blow out slightly to subjects in closer proximity to the camera. To overcome this drawback, you must remain conscious of your exposure compensation setting when taking photographs. This is especially true where you will not have time to adjust it to suit a scene, such as street photography.
4. Where/How To Use
This simulation is perfect for photographers looking to achieve a retro aesthetic in their photography. Street and portrait photography are categories I feel this recipe will truly shine.
However, when in use, remember to adjust the kelvin setting when it is necessary to remain conscious of the exposure compensation dial.
5. The Recipe
- Film Simulation: Classic Chrome
- Grain Effect: Strong, Large
- Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
- Colour Chrome FX Blue: Weak
- White Balance: 5200k R: +1 B: -5
- Dynamic Range: 400
- Tone Curve: H: -1 S: 0
- Colour: +3
- Sharpness: -2
- High ISO NR: -4
- Clarity: -4
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This recipe is one of my personal favourites and will be remaining in my X-T4 for some time. The colours, detail and sharpness are a perfect cocktail to render images that look like authentic film prints.
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Fujifilm Classic Film Simulation Recipe: Kodak Porta 800