Kodak Portra for a Classic Soft Look

Film simulation recipe for Kodak Portra 160 looks on X-Trans 4 cameras

There’s a magical romance that surrounds Kodak Portra film, and I see photos with recipes for Portra 160, 400 or 800 about as often as anything other than Kodachrome. The film itself is beautiful, with soft warm creamy tones that are kind to faces, but also work really well in sunlight for urban, desert and nostalgia shots. Think faded Americana, and you’ve probably seen Portra.

The recipe aims to show off that creamy 160 warmth and low tonal range that makes Kodak Porta such a popular choice. I’ve kept the colour down a touch, in keeping with my perference, and taken a small grain option. It’s soft, delicate and refined.

Soft refined tones with the Kodak Portra recipe

Kodak Portra Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +4 Red, -6 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: +1
  • Shadows: -2
  • Colour: -2
  • Sharpness: -2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +1/3 or +2/3
Little boat with blue sail, with the Kodak Portra film recipe

More Portra

Several other recipes exist already, as I’m sure you know, with these few a great choice. First up are some on this site…

Portra on other sites

A walk along the prom, with the Kodak Portra film recipe
Nature photography! Kodak Portra film recipe
Swimmers in the marina, with Kodak Portra recipe
Depth of field, with Kodak Portra film recipe
Sunset soft tones, Kodak Portra Film Recipe
Cardoon thistles on the water’s edge, Kodak Portra film recipe
Local sailing club, with the tones of the Kodak Portra film recipe
Evening clouds, with the Kodak Portra film recipe
Afternoon sky, with Kodak Portra Film Recipe
Sunny day trees, with the Kodak Portra recipe
Spring oak leaves in full sun, Kodak Portra Film Recipe
Leaves and sky, with Kodak Portra film recipe

Join the fun! The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to chat film recipes, or share photos you’ve taken with the recipes. The Karmachroma challenge is on. Shoot with Karmachroma and share by Sun, Oct 2nd. Everyone is welcome to share photos from around the world. A selection will be added to the site. Let’s go!

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