Pale Negative for Classic Negative Light

Soft tones film recipe for Fujifilm X100V, X-E4, X-S10, X-T4, X-T30ii

Fujifilm’s Classic Negative film simulation has a distinct character, bringing the feel of negative film prints, especially Fujicolor ones. People talk about the greens, the reds, and the remarkable similarity to negative print style. When you see a classic negative shot, you can recognise it right away.

The Pale Negative film recipe looks to work with these remarkable tones, but with a softer look, especially in terms of a reduced saturation and a soft tone curve. It dials everything down a touch, keeping the classic negative character, just slightly less so. If you want to shoot classic neg, but have been put off by it’s strong character, try this.

Also take a look at: Soft Negative, which is similar in style.

Classic negative, only less so. Pale Negative film recipe.

Film Recipe for Pale Negative

  • Simulation: Classic Negative
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +2 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR100
  • Highlights: -2
  • Shadows: 0
  • Colour: -4
  • Sharpness: +1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -2
  • EV compensation: +2/3
Bright Spring day, with the Pale Negative film recipe
Skies are softened to a pale blue, with Pale Negative film recipe
The little boatyard at low tide, with Pale Negative
Partly cloudy skies by the marina, with Pale Negative film recipe
The sailing club building, Pale Negative film recipe
Early moring sunlight greens, with Pale Negative film recipe
Village street in shade, taken with Pale Negative film recipe
Sunset is soft, with the Pale Negative film recipe

Skin Tones with Pale Negative Recipe

I’ve been asked to include some portraits to allow people to see how skin tones are rendered with this recipe. Time for a selfie…

Bright morning sun, with the Pale Negative film recipe
Shady late afternoon, and the Pale Negative film recipe

More Pale Classic Negative Recipes

You might also like, Lifestyle Negative film recipe, which is a simlar look with stronger contrast and bolder mood.

Another great option is Luís Costa’s Classic Neg Fade recipe.

For pale looks, regardless of simulation, try the Muted Tone Recipes page.


Embrace a film-like look and join in with the Film Recipes Challenge 📸 Take photos with the Flatpack film recipe, and share them in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. This recipe is based on film prints in a matte low contrast style. Join in from where you live with a deadline of end of 29th March. #flatpack 👍

3 responses to “Pale Negative for Classic Negative Light”

  1. Wow I love these shades, they look perfect. But unfortunately I’m using xt30 and don’t have the classic negative.Can I use these green and blue color tones with the xt30? For example, can we achieve these color tones with classic chrome? I’m so sorry I don’t have the classic negative but I hope classic chrome achieves this. 🥺


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