Fujifilm X-Trans 4 film recipe for a Kodak Portra 400 style
Kodak Portra film was hugely popular, and with its different versions, came to be a favourite for many 35mm photographers, each using the one they liked the best. Now, with the magic of Fujifilm film recipes, there are a selection of film recipes to help produce a look that is close to different editions of the Portra film.
I’ve been testing out a recipe for Portra 400 adapted from the Fuji X Weekly recipe by Fujifilm Film Simulations Group user Tomas Tuoma. His Kodak Portra adaptation is one that I really enjoy.
I tested it on a cloudy day, and found the colours bold and amazing, but for my preferred take on the feel of KP400, I wanted a little more grain and a little less punch. So, here we are with a couple more tweaks in this recipe and now it’s Kodak Portra Grainy.
And, since first publishing this page, I’ve shot in full summer sunshine, and added some of those photos further down the page.
Kodak Portra Grainy Film Recipe
- Simulation: Classic Negative
- Grain Effect: Strong, Large (dial down for a traditional look)
- Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
- Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
- White Balance: 5200K
- WB Shift: +2 Red, -5 Blue
- Dynamic Range: DR200
- Highlights: -2
- Shadows: 0
- Colour: +1
- Sharpness: -3
- ISO Noise Reduction: -4
- Clarity: -1
- EV compensation: +2/3
See also: My new interpretation of Kodak Portra 400, the expired look of Aged Kodak Portra, my standard Kodak Portra recipe for a classic soft look, or for maximum versatility, Kodak Portra Daily with an auto white balance.
More Portra Recipes
- Kodak Portra SW19 – a summery take on Kodak Portra
- Kodak Portra 66 – peachy cream hints for a Porta summer
- Kodak Portra – the classic Kodak Portra 160 look
2 responses to “Kodak Portra Grainy for a Portra 400 Look”
Is the clarity meant to be 1 minus or plus? Great photos and recipes btw.
Hi & thank you, and thanks too for noticing this wasn’t clear. In my recipe, the clarity is set to -1, so I have updated the page to reflect it.