My in-camera Film Simulation settings

In X-H1 there are seven slots in-camera to store film simulation settings. That should be plenty and I see that some Fuji camera users have found their “look” and can happily live with even two or three different film simulation settings.

I personally see that different scenarios call for different look. For some scenarios I look for a neutral documentary look like when photographing my daughter’s riding. But I also photograph a variety of subjects like nature, urban, street and still life which wouldn’t look so good with one fixed look. I also like to experiment with different looks and, truth to be told, I find it difficult to choose only seven film simulation settings. Especially as You have so many choices both in color and Black&White.

My in-camera settings are partly “fixed”, like the Velvia and ProNegHigh film simulations, and partly they change during my experiments. After choosing the necessary variety of color looks I need I only have two slots left for Black&White settings.

I see that most of my film simulation settings are less contrasty than the ones You can find elsewhere from the internet and as such might not appeal so many. But I list them here to at least offer variety to the mainstream.

So here are my film simulation settings at the moment of writing this with short comments of mine (You can see examples of the settings at the bottom of this post):

Velvia
Beautiful bold colors for landscapes or anything nature related. No luck with skin tones or human made things.

Highlights 0
Shadows -1
Color +2
Sharpness +2
Dynamic Range 100
AWB Shift R0, B-1 or R+1, B-2
Grain effect OFF
Noise Reduction -4
Exposure Compensation 0

ProNeg High
“Neutral Premium look for documentary shots.”

Highlights 0
Shadows -1 (sometimes -2)
Color +2
Sharpness +1
Dynamic Range 100
AWB Shift R0, B-1
Grain effect OFF
Noise Reduction -2
Exposure Compensation 0

Astia
“Distinct look with light appearance.”

Highlights -1
Shadows -1
Color -2
Sharpness 0
Dynamic Range 100
AWB Shift R0, B-1
Grain effect WEAK
Noise Reduction -4
Exposure Compensation 0

Eterna
“Experimental look that needs exposure compensation.”

Highlights +1
Shadows +3
Color +3
Sharpness 2
Dynamic Range 200
AWB Shift R0, B0 or R0, B-1
Grain effect WEAK
Noise Reduction -4
Exposure Compensation +1/3 – +2/3 (the look depends on this)

Classic Chrome
“My take on the Classic Chrome though the high shadows limits it’s use for documentary kind of photos.”

Highlights +1
Shadows +2 (not my usual style so SOOC use limited)
Color +2
Sharpness -2
Dynamic Range 200
AWB Shift R0, B0 or R0, B-1
Grain effect OFF
Noise Reduction -2
Exposure Compensation 0

Monochrome+R
“Look that Kevin Mullins calls ‘Padilla’. Wonderful look that goes deep into the essence of Black&White photography.”

Highlights 0
Shadows +3
Color N/A
Sharpness +1
Dynamic Range 100
AWB Shift R0, B0
Grain effect WEAK
Noise Reduction -4
Exposure Compensation 0

Acros
“Balanced Black&White look with the gorgeous Acros.”

Highlights 0
Shadows +1
Color N/A
Sharpness +1
Dynamic Range 100
AWB Shift R0, B0
Grain effect OFF
Noise Reduction -4
Exposure Compensation 0

2 thoughts on “My in-camera Film Simulation settings”

  1. A fujifilm xe2s has just recently fallen into my hands, and among the fact that I am a newbie with this brand, and that I do not have a calibrated screen to edit photos correctly (which is very frustrating), I have begun to investigate the possibilities of Direct camera jpeg that Fuji offers. And I have found by chance your blog. I think what you´re doing here is incredible. Congrats.

    I know my camera is a generation or two older than yours, and the results are probably not very similar.

    But looking at your in camera settings I see that the exposure compensation is always at zero. Are these settings intended to be done with the average or spot metering?.

    keep going with this greatwork, mate. 🙂
    Greetings from Spain.

    -Albert-

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    1. Hi! Thanks for feedback!

      Your camera has older sensor type than the one I use, X-H1. The older sensor type was liked by many and said to even have better color than the later one. Cannot verify that, but from the samples I have seen the colors of the older sensor type seems beautiful. Anyway, I don’t know how the film-simulation settings I have used work with the previous generation sensor and Your camera.

      Ah, light metering. That sure is something I never seem to succeed well. What ever metering method I use (have set on camera), I am always turning the back wheel that I have set to exposure compensation. Fuji’s metering is fine and I can see good preview of the outcome, but I very rarely find that I can live without some exposure compensation, usually +2/3. My film simulation settings are based on the idea that the image in the beginning have been exposed to the level that could be said to be “right”, no matter how it was achieved.

      I have played lately with one particular setting of Velvia that I deliberately overexpose by about +2/3 of a stop. In that setting my DR is set at 400%, highlights at -2, shadows at -1 and color at -4, White Balance AWB with shift of R-2 B-3. That setting looks interestingly “airy” with such a compensation. Otherwise yes, I do not much compensate my styles/ film simulation settings from the “right” exposure (with the big exception of the Homage -Capture One style that looks perfect with underexposure).

      -Veijo-

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