Lifestyle Negative for Magazine Style

Classic Negative film recipe for use with Fujifilm X-Trans IV cameras

Faded neutrals and earth tones are a staple of the lifestyle photography style. Pale room interiors with strategically placed rustic items, some white flowers, or maybe a leather jacket or summer hat. This style is the target with the Lifestyle Negative film recipe.

I was asked by a reader to see if a recipe might come close to the look of the lifestyle imagery of Abbie Mellé who produces lovely images in this style. Whilst those shots weren’t on Fujifilm, there’s a similarity with Classic Negative in several of the shots I examined, so I’ve given it a go.

Handmade wool elephant, with the Lifestyle Negative film recipe.

Lifestyle Negative Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Negative
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: -1 Red, -4 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1
  • Shadows: +3
  • Colour: -3
  • Sharpness: +1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +1 to washout the highlights

Overexposure is vital for this recipe. You should be aiming to acheive a mainly white/near white to any pale toned background and burn out the highlights a little, giving the pale lifestyle aesthetic.

Wooden heart, taken with the Lifestyle Negative film recipe
Iris against red brick wall, with the Lifestyle Negative film recipe
Low tide at the marina, with the Lifestyle Negative film recipe
The sailing club, taken with the Lifestyle Negative film recipe
Beach hut no. 55, with the Lifestyle Negative film recipe
Sleeping cat, with the the Lifestyle Negative film recipe
A country scene, with the Lifestyle Negative film recipe
Greens with a classic neg tone, with Lifestyle Negative film recipe

This recipe is similar to Pale Negative, which has a slightly warmer tone and softer shadows.

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