Firstly, all my other recipes emulate negative film in some way. This one does not attempt to look like it’s shot on film at all, but if it did it would more closely resemble chrome/positive film, AKA slide film. Secondly this one is about protecting highlights more than anything. But most of all this recipe is about counteracting the digital look more than adding an analog look.
Fujifilm sensor calibration and processing is quite good at not looking digital out of the box, but there are still some tell tale signs left to deal with. I’ve broken it down into these areas:
- Highlight protection and black levels (contrast)
- Rendition of yellows
As a bonus for what I want to use this recipe for, I wanted skin that looks gorgeously sunkissed, as shown in the top image of this article. This gave me the base film simulation, which is of course Astia 😀.
This article has a few sample images taken by me in Stockholm and at Oktoberfest in Munich in August and September 2023 using Fujifilm X-E4 and Fujifilm X-T4. Lenses are Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 LM WR, Fujinon XF 33mm f/1.4 LM WR, Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 WR and 7Artisans 35mm f/0.95.
Highlight roll-off or highlight protection
Blown out highlights look awful on digital. There’s no two ways about that. Wonder why movies and TV-shows these days are so dark? That’s because they are shot digitally. To begin with sensors were not as good as they are now at handling highlights so underexposure became the norm. Now it’s also become a modern look…