Classic Gold, like Aged & Faded Kodak Gold

Film simulation for old Kodak Gold 35mm for Fujifilm X-Trans IV cameras

I like to follow groups and tags for 35mm film and analog photography. Seeing how people use old film stock is inspiring and gives me motivation to try and achieve similar looks with Fujifilm film simulation recipes.

As well as lots of Portra film, I often see Kodak Gold and especially people shooting with old rolls they find unopened for several years. Images with these were the inspiration for this recipe, using Classic Negative and a strong aged retro feel, like you see with expired or out of date film rolls.

Old tones and Gold warmth. It’s the Classic Gold film recipe

USER PHOTOS – You can now view the Classic Gold User Gallery to see photos taken by other Fujifilm photographers like you in their own styles and locations.

Classic Gold Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Negative
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Off
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +6 Red, -6 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR400
  • Highlights: -1.5 (use -2 if your cameras doesn’t have -1.5)
  • Shadows: +0.5 (use 0 if your cameras doesn’t have +0.5)
  • Colour: -4
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Sunset at the pavillion, with the Classic Gold film recipe
Classic Gold film recipe, gives a soft muted tone effect
At the marina on a sunny evening. Classic Gold film recipe
Looking along the fence, with the Classic Gold film recipe
Swimming teenagers, captured with Classic Gold film recipe
The chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park. Classic Gold film recipe
Historic photo displays, captured with Classic Gold in the evening sun
A photo of a photo. Very meta, with Classic Gold film recipe
The first signs of Autumn appear in July. Classic Gold recipe
Classic Gold film recipe on a cloudy day in the forest.
Perfect for soft sunsets, the Classic Gold film recipe
Good dog. Captured with Classic Gold film recipe

Skin Tones with Classic Gold

I get quite a few requests to see skin tones with my film recipes. After much resistance, I have begun to take selfies so you can at least see how the tones work out, even if you have to look at pictures of me!

Morning sunlight skintones, with Classic Gold film recipe
Sun behind me, taken with Classic Gold film recipe

More Kodak Gold

Kodak Gold was such a popular film that it’s no surprise to find several film recipes that look to mirror it and the feel of it.

  • Gold Standard – my take on Kodak Gold with Pro Neg Standard
  • Kodak Gold – a Classic Chrome version of Kodak Gold

Kodak Gold on other recipe sites

  • Kodak Gold – a bold saturated Kodak Gold from Piotr Skrzypek
  • Kodak Gold 200 – Ritchie Roesch’s Gold with Classic Chrome
  • Kodak Gold v2 – another version from Ritchie at Fuji X Weekly

You can also view my category page for Kodak inspired recipes.

For more film recipes with a similar ‘out of date’ photo look, here are a few other recipes in a similar style.


☀️ For this round of The Film Recipes Challenge the recipe is Cineplus, bold Classic Chrome with subtle retro vibes. It’s great in the gloom or bright light and with colourful subjects. Join in by taking some images and share in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or in the recipe page comments. Open to everyone, until 22nd June. Tag #cineplus 😊

16 responses to “Classic Gold, like Aged & Faded Kodak Gold”

      • Thanks for sharing the images with me. I really like how they’ve come out. The tones and bright highlights look great, I think and I love some of the subjects you chose.

        I am planning a way for people to contribute images they’ve taken for other to see, but for now, yes … do share when you’ve been trying out a recipe. I love to see the photos.


  1. Another nice one. I have saved most of your recipes. Lovely area where you live. I always look forward to seeing your photos (and new recipes). Thank you!


  2. Hi, Justin. That’s just to get a first look of each film sim before I commit to 1 or 2 when I go out next time. Not on FB or IG so if I have something I’ll just post here. (btw, clicking on the image will take you to imgur site but it still doesn’t open the image in resolution/size I uploaded)



  3. Forgot to mention the photos have only been resized, that’s all. That’s why Fuji system is perfect for me 😀


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