Fujifilm Film Simulation Recipe: Classic Chrome-MC

In this article Fujifilm Film Simulation Recipe: Classic Chrome-MC (Modern Chrome). I give my own modern twist on the classic simulation.

Fujifilm’s classic chrome is arguably one of its most popular, if not the most popular of its film simulations.

Created after heavy demand from photojournalists and documentary photographers that needed a simulation that rendered more subtle and muted tones in their images. Fujifilm took this demand on board and created a beautiful simulation. Furthermore, because of the growing popularity of viewing images on screens instead of print. The simulation mimics the print aesthetic when seen on screen.

1. Reason For Creation

I have been using this film simulation for some time now, and it is my go-to simulation when in documentary-style situations. Yet, throughout my time using this simulation, the images it renders without edits always left something desired.

For me, this subtracted from what an in-camera film simulation represents, an option for simplifying workflow by reducing the time spent in post-production. If I edit each photo individually in Lightroom after a shoot, I should shoot solely in RAW. This method would also save far more memory on my card and drives.

2. Recipe Development

Because of this, I decided to program a film recipe that closely mimics the post-editing process my classic chrome images would usually undergo. I achieved this by first reducing the highlights, as I do to the majority of my photographs. Yes, classic chrome is a muted simulation. Yet, its highlights are still too strong. Secondly, further balancing the exposures by reducing the shadows.

I have turned up other important settings for this recipe such as sharpness and clarity. Again this means I do not have to take the images into Lightroom to do this. Something necessary for photography as cameras always take slightly hazy photographs. I tampered with a few other settings, including colour and grain, until I found a recipe suitable.

3. Positive Observations

I programmed this recipe just before I departed for a trip to Thailand. And I have been using it for around a week now. As you can see from the pictures, the results are pleasant and give a more modern twist to the classic chrome simulation. There are daytime conditions that cause the white balance to become off-balanced.

On the other hand, when shooting at night this is not an issue. In fact, It is during the night that I see this simulation really shine. The bottom line is I love the aesthetic of this simulation. I will be leaving it programmed in my XT-4 for a while.

4. Negative Observations

One of the things I have noticed that I do not like is how it reacts in overcast weather. I ran into this environment when in Singapore for a layover. As you can see from the photographs, the greens became saturated and rendered images with a very uneven white balance.

Understanding the shortcomings of the simulations behaviour I can overcome them in the future. Honestly, I should have been conscious of the thick cloud and checked and reprogrammed the white balance as necessary.

5. The Recipe

If you like the images from this sample collection, feel free to use this Modern Chrome recipe for your photography. The details are as follows:

  • Film Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Strong/Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome FX Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Dynamic Range: 400
  • Tone Curve: H-2 S-2
  • Colour: +2
  • Sharpness: +4
  • High ISO NR: +4
  • Clarity: +5

If you don’t already own a Fujifilm camera and would like to achieve results like these straight from your camera I recommend you purchase the XT-4 with the 16-80mm (the same lens used for these photos). UK readers click here. US readers click here.

Fuji X Weekly is also another great resource for Fujifilm recipes. You can view the site by clicking here.

Fujifilm Film Simulation Recipe: Classic Chrome-MC

5. Conclusion

The few poor images taken in Singapore were a fluke, and I am very happy with them overall. It simulates images that follow my editing style. This means less or no time spent in post. Images intended for an audience will still be edited individually. There is no substitute for selective editing. Nonetheless, it is superb for building albums of images for personal collections.

Fujifilm Film Simulation Recipe: Classic Chrome-MC

David Davis
David Davishttps://shuttergang.com
Hi, My name is Dave, and I am passionate about photography. I am currently travelling to document the world's most interesting people and places. I have started this blog to share these incredible sights and experiences with you, including all the knowledge I gain as a photographer/videographer along the way. If you share a passion for street, documentary, and travel photography, join the mailing list and stay up to date with the latest posts and resources direct from the field.

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