Retro Standard, a Warm & Cosy Pro Neg

Film simulation recipe for X-Trans 4 Fujifilm cameras with a mellow retro feel

Here’s a cosy and warm recipe that gives a softened retro feel using Pro Neg Standard as the base film simulation. It works well in a wide range of light conditions, but gives the best effect in hazy or full sunshine and around the golden hour.

I’m preparing a number of Pro Neg Standard recipes, which use the base softness of this film simulation to produce soft tones results. For now, there are two others published, but more will follow in the coming weeks.

The sims for Classic Chrome & Classic Negative get a lot of attention from recipe makers, but I’m coming to love Pro Neg Standard more and more. And, because it’s present on older cameras, people with X-Trans 2 and 3 may be able to capture the essence of this recipe by skipping the settings they don’t have.

Coastal clover at sundown, with the Retro Standard film recipe

Retro Standard Film Recipe

  • Simulation: PRO Neg. Standard
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +5 Red, -7 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1
  • Shadows: +1
  • Colour: -2
  • Sharpness: -2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -2
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Late afternoon by the river, with Retro Standard film recipe
Winchester’s famous bookshop, with Retro Standard film recipe
The town hall clock, captured with Retro Standard film recipe
Sailing in the golden hour, captured with Retro Standard film recipe
I bet it’s fun to drive. Taken with Retro Standard film recipe
Boat detail, captured with Retro Standard film recipe
Summer evenings on the beach, Retro Standard film recipe
In the forest, a high contrast scene, with Retro Standard film recipe
Forest track, taken with Retro Standard film recipe
Ancient alleyway, taken with Retro Standard film recipe
Grand building facade, with the Retro Standard film recipe
Retro Standard film recipe, straight out of camera

More Retro Looks

Retro is a bit of a catch-all term these days, and in our world of film simulation recipes it refers to a style that is nostalgic in appearance, but also in mood. So, pictures may either look older style like something from an earlier decade, or have that warm and muted look that is a bit dreamy. Here are a few more recipes that capture that retro vibe.

More Retro from Other Sites

With all of those, you should be set up so you can photograph in lots of different retro styles and impress people with your old tone vibes.

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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