Retrochrome for a Warm, Nostalgic 70s Style

Nostalgic Kodachrome style film recipe for Fujifilm X-Trans IV cameras

Add 50 years to a scene by shooting with Retrochrome! It’s the film recipe that whisks you back to the 70s and those warm, mellow summer evenings.

Retrochrome uses the Classic Chrome film simulation, with a warm colour balance based on the shade setting, and reduced saturation for mellowness. The look would suit images of anything aged, like classic cars, old buildings, thrift store finds, or maybe just your morning coffee or natural scenes in sunny weather.

The look is similar to a Kodachrome II or 25 aesthetic, although it is not based on these films in particular.

Nostalgic sunlight. It’s a thing now, with Retrochrome film recipe

Retrochrome Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Shade
  • WB Shift: +3 Red, -2 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -1
  • Shadows: +1
  • Colour: -2
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -3 (for the retro hazy softness)
  • EV compensation: +1/3

This recipe was originally inspired by the Vintage Look recipe by E. Fung.

Autumn moods are magnified by the Retrochome film recipe
Forest moods, captured using Retrochome film recipe
Autumn sunrise gorse bush
Morning dew on the berries
Classic Chrome for gloomy weather, Retrochome film recipe
Those summer days by the lake, taken with Retrochrome
Pale pink ‘bluebells’
Deep in shadow
Hazy sunshine is just right for the Retrochrome film recipe
Softly does it, with the Retrochrome film recipe
A retro look, generated by the Retrochrome film recipe
Dappled sunlight in the forest, with the Retrochrome film recipe
Soft blue skies, with the the Retrochrome film recipe
Looking up with Retrochrome
Retrochrome willow tree
Weak hazy sun on boats, with the Retrochrome film recipe
Old rope swing, taken with the Retrochrome film recipe
Retro tones in strong sunshine, with Retrochrome film recipe
Hello handsome. Captured with Retrochrome film recipe
Busy gathering nectar, taken with Retrochrome film recipe

Shooting in a Nostalgic Style

Would you like to see more retro recipes?


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 👍

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