Back in the Day, like Nostalgic Film Photos

Fujifilm simulation recipe for Classic Negative on X-Trans IV cameras

One of the most interesting film simulations on Fuji X-series cameras is Classic Negative. If you go back and find film photos printed back in the peak days of Fujicolor 35mm films like Reala, Superia, etc., you’ll see a look that has been magically recreated by the Fujifilm engineers.

This leads me to a deeply nostaligic film recipe, based on Classic Negative that celebrates this old film prints style. It’s set to push up the highlights and colour, because these tweaks give a look that I remember from prints in the 90s, and adds a little softness to hide the digital nature of the shots a little.

The recipe is called Back in the Day, and is great for sunny days and all those holidays and days out that you would have captured on your 35mm camera, back in the day.

Like a 90s negative print, with the Back in the Day film recipe

Back in the Day Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Negative
  • Grain Effect: Off (but you can add some if you prefer)
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: 5600K
  • WB Shift: +4 Red, -5 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: +1.5
  • Shadows: -1.5
  • Colour: +2
  • Sharpness: -2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: 0

If you enjoy this recipe, here are some others that have a similar style …

A boat filled with coastal flowers, with Back in the Day film recipe
Holiday snap style, with the Back in the Day film recipe
Pretty cottages, with the Back in the Day film recipe
Sunsets are made golden with the Back in the Day recipe
Late afternoon in the park, with the Back in the Day film recipe
Looking like 90s prints, with the Back in the Day film recipe
Bright colours on a gloomy day, with the Back in the Day film recipe
Relaxing in the garden, taken with the Back in the Day film recipe
The marina at golden hour, with the Back in the Day film recipe
Bold retro tones, like old film prints, with Back in the Day film recipe
Walking dogs in the park, captured with Back in the Day film recipe

🌊 Let’s get creative in this new round of The Film Recipes Challenge 🏄 The recipe is the burned and faded look, Childhood Vacation, which loves to be over exposed. Try some images and share a selection in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. Open to everyone, until end of 8th June. Tag #childhoodvacation ☀️

6 responses to “Back in the Day, like Nostalgic Film Photos”

  1. I thought it was me who entered the WB shift wrong (was +5B, before you changed it to -5B)). The photos I made today with this sim had a strange strong pink cast. Will give it another go next time I go to the woods.

    Why not add a comment section (though not sure if its possible) for the new pages in links at top of page? Just an idea.



    • I’m sorry about that mess up with the WB. It slipped past unnoticed I’m sorry.

      I saw that the theme pages don’t have a comment section too. I’m new to WordPress, but I’ll take a look at whether it can be added to the template. Good idea


  2. hello.. Does location make a big difference to film recipes? I live in Sydney Australia and it’s summer here now so clear bright sunny days with lots of harsh contrast. When I use this back to the day recipe my photo’s are coming out to reddish, with brown tones and very contrasty. I checked the recipe my XE-4 and all the settings are correct. I’ve been using so many other recipe’s from here without any issue, this one seems for me the only one that behaves this way? any help appreciated. thanks.

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    • Hi Mark. I am sure that our position on Earth, and specifically latitude, makes a big difference to how our photos look. The light is very different in it’s intensity and the tone. Up here, we have strong variations between Summer and Winter, as well as throughout the day. Australia will have much brighter days, with hard shadows, and light will possibly be a little more blue that here as well.

      On this specific recipe, there is an intended pink cast to it, designed in to replicate the look of prints made 20 or 30 years ago. It shows particulary in the near-whites and neutrals. It might also be made stronger in the differnt light. The good news is that there is a related recipe which has many of the same qualities, but with less red… … Restore from Backup might be a good one to try.

      Alternatively, you could take the white balance and shift from Restore from Backup and apply it to Back in the Day, for a hybrid. Or, for a simpler fix, maybe bring the red shift of Back in the Day down from +5 to +3 and see if that gives a result that you like?

      Thanks for commenting, and please do let me know how you get on.


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