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 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.

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

➡️ The Film Recipes Challenge is now on! Shoot with the recent look, Age of Aquarius, and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or the recipe page comments. The deadline is end of Feb 15th. Everyone is welcome, from all around the world! For inspiration, see previous galleries. ➡️ The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to share film recipes, ask questions and join the challenge.

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