Soft Negative film recipe with Classic Negative

Fujifilm simulation Soft Negative recipe for X-Trans IV cameras

This film recipe is intended to be a versatile all rounder which can be used in a wide variety of conditions. It makes only modest changes to the excellent classic negative simulation, adding softness and warmth to the original. I call it Soft Negative, and due to its versatility, it’s often found in the C1 slot of my X-S10.

It works espcially well in the golden hour around sunrise or sunset, and renders lovely skies around this time of day. Even in twilight, the tones have a cosy, but not overpowering style. That doesn’t mean it’s not suitable at other times of course, and I find it works well on cloudy and dull days too.

For me, this is the soft and nostalgic style I was looking to achieve with my Fujifilm X-Series, and so I take more shots with this than anything else.

You might also like: Pale Negative, which has a similar look and feel, or Nostalgic Fujicolor with a retro feel from similar settings.

New Forest Pony, taken with Soft Negative film recipe

Film Recipe for Soft Negative

  • Simulation: Classic Negative
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: 4800K
  • WB Shift: +5 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1
  • Shadows: -1
  • Colour: -3
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: 0 or +1/3
Spring Bluebells, taken with Soft Negative film recipe
Chilling on the beach
Post-sunset SUP
The ultimate bug hotel?
Dartington Trust, taken with Soft Negative film recipe
Shrub in bloom
Inquisitive donkey
Pine tree detail, taken with Soft Negative film recipe
Autumn in the woodland, using Soft Negative film recipe
Forest mushroom (fly agaric), with Soft Negative film recipe
Winter Sunset, taken with Soft Negative film recipe for Fujifilm cameras
Floral display, using the Soft Negative film recipe
Sunrise over the pond, with the Soft Negative film recipe
Scenic route, taken with the Soft Negative film recipe
Ivy in full sunlight, taken with the Soft Negative film recipe
Woodland view, with the Soft Negative film recipe

➡️ The Film Recipes Challenge is now on! Shoot with the recent look, Age of Aquarius, and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or the recipe page comments. The deadline is end of Feb 15th. Everyone is welcome, from all around the world! For inspiration, see previous galleries. ➡️ The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to share film recipes, ask questions and join the challenge.

3 responses to “Soft Negative film recipe with Classic Negative”

  1. Hi.
    I like your profiles

    Obviously you’re using a late model fuji. I’m wondering if you have any recipes for the older model fujis? I have an xpro1, which obviously has just range and fine control to the lens recipes. But it’s such a wonderful camera to use.

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