Given the recent Fujifilm announcement of a new film simulation Classic Negative coming to Fujifilm X-Pro3, and the latest rumor that says older X-Processor 4 cameras will get it via firmware update, the Film Simulation talk is again en vogue here on FujiRumors.
In fact, film simulations are a much loved feature among the Fujifilm community, and we have written several articles about them in the past:
click here – An Introduction to Fujifilm’s Film Simulation Modes
click here – Meet Minami-San, Fujifilm’s Color Guru Since 50 Years and Who is Now Bringing Fuji’s Color Science from Film to Digital
click here – CLASSIC CHROME or “The Art of Omission!”
click here – An Ode To ACROS: “A Game Changer, My Favorite Film Simulation by far!” :: And about the Best ACROS (or B&W) Settings!
click here– VELVIA. The world of film simulation (link inside mixed zone)
click here – X-Trans III :: All Film Simulations Improved :: See Conventional Velvia Vs. X-Pro2 Velvia!
click here – PRO NEG, ASTIA and PROVIA. The World of Film Simulation
click here – Fujifilm Rethink RAW :: JPEG is Your Friend and Fuji’s Film Simulations Rock
click here – This Guy Fine Tuned his Fujifilm Film Simulation Settings Inspired by the Work of Great Film Photographers. See “Chrome Eggleston” & More
Now, some say film simulations are only for JPEG shooters, but I don’t agree.
Many love to work with Fujifilm RAW files by first applying a film simulation profile in Lightroom or Capture One and then edit from there. I do it like this too, and it saves me a lot of time. Fujifilm gets the colors right for me, and I just fine tune the rest of the image (contrast, sharpening, etc).
As many of us, also Pete loves the Fujifilm film simulations. And as some of us, also he likes it to fine tune the in camera film simulations settings to taste.
But as an avid reader of photography books and inspired by the work of great photographers of the past and present, Pete tried to adjust the film simulation settings in a way that they resemble the main characteristics of their images.
So Classic Chrome becomes “Chrome Eggleston“, Provia becomes “Provia Sternfeld“, Acros becomes “Acros Ellen Mark” or “Acros Moriyama” (depending on the settings) and so forth.
“It may seem a little arrogant, invoking these names. Honestly, I don’t think I’m anywhere near their level.
But what it does provide is an idea as to what to shoot for. For example, it’s a rainy summer’s Saturday night in the city. I’m working a project on nightlife on the streets. I reckon Daido Moriyama has the right idea – inky blacks and clipped highlights. And I stick with that look, for the duration of the project.
These custom titles are little messages to myself, when I raise the camera and scroll through them, wondering… what if I shot the nightlife like John Bulmer shot gritty Northern industrial landscapes? What if I shoot the beauty of the Gower Coastline like Daido Moriyama shoots the city streets of Tokyo? It becomes an exciting question, one as equally valid as wondering what lens to screw on the front of the camera. “
So how exactly are his film simulation settings? And how do the images look like? To discover that, read “Film & Vision – Making Fuji-X Simulations Work For You” at petetakespictures.
Get inspired. Check out the photography books of the masters mentioned in Pete’s article at Amazon:
A few days ago, popular Fujifilm X-photographer Bert Stephani revealed his favorite Film Simulation Settings in this youtube video.
To me, it’s always interesting to see, which settings other fellow X-shooters use and the reasoning behind their choices. So feel free to share the film simulation settings that work best for you in the comments down below.
Here are a few more film simulation articles that could interest you… and down below a poll, where you can vote your favorite film simulation
CLASSIC CHROME or “The Art of Omission!” – click here
An Ode To ACROS: “A Game Changer, My Favorite Film Simulation by far!” :: And about the Best ACROS (or B&W) Settings! – click here
X-Trans III :: All Film Simulations Improved :: See Conventional Velvia Vs. X-Pro2 Velvia! – click here
VELVIA. The world of film simulation (link inside mixed zone) – click here
PRO NEG, ASTIA and PROVIA. The World of Film Simulation – click here
Fujifilm Rethink RAW :: JPEG is Your Friend and Fuji’s Film Simulations Rock – click here
Capture One Pro: Download Now Completely Reworked and Improved Fujifilm Film Simulations Profiles (incl. ACROS) – click here
An Introduction to Fujifilm’s Film Simulation Modes at BHphoto here