Kodak Portra Grainy for a Portra 400 Look

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 has a moody feel on cloudy days

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 standard Kodak Portra recipe for a classic soft look, or for a subtly different look, Kodak Portra SW19 with an auto white balance.

Cloudy day at the beach, with Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe
Sunny morning swan, taken with Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe
Swan on patrol, Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe
Rock with tiny fossils, with Kodak Portra Grainy
Sea monster? Captured with Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe
Late afternoon on the beach, wtih Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe
Cottage windows, taken with Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe
Fading fox, taken with Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe
Fading red doors, taken with Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe
Disappearing in the high tide, Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe
Coot and pond ripples, with Kodak Portra Grainy film recipe

More Portra Recipes

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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