Yakisugi Film Recipe, by Mehdi Berrada

A deep tones film recipe using Classic Chrome simulation and dark shadows

Based in Morocco, Mehdi Berrada is an architect and Fujifilm photographer who shoots stylish images with his X100V. His film recipe, Yakisugi has been receiving lots of positive reaction, but had no web page with the details. So, here we have the Yakisugi film recipe, by Mehdi Berrada.

Yakisugi, if you were curious, is a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation that involves flame treating the outer layer. The resulting colour palette is dark and charred, and this character comes through in the muted tones of this film recipe.

Photo credits: Mehdi Berrada

Deep shadows and cream tones, from the Yakisugi film recipe

Yakisugi Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Classic Chrome
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Large
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Off
  • White Balance: 7500K
  • WB Shift: 0 Red, 0 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: 0
  • Shadows: +2
  • Colour: -3
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: 0

Similar Looking Film Recipes

More choices are at the bottom of the page…

Paintbrushes in sunlight, captured with Yakisugi film recipe
Dried grasses, using the Yakisugi film recipe
A stylish kitchen, captured with the Yakisugi film recipe
Through the round window … Yakisugi film recipe
Light on dark floor
With Pro Mist filter
Brown tones and deep shadows from Yakisugi film recipe
Casablanca views, captured with Yakisugi film recipe
Curved balconies, taken with Yakisugi film recipe
Work in progress
Morning view, using the Yakisugi film recipe

Film Recipes with a Similar Aesthetic

The Yakisugi film recipe uses strong grain, a 7500K colour shift and deep shadows. This leads to a warm and textured image with a recognisable look and feel. Here are a few other recipes, that also share some of these features.

Here are a couple from other sites, sharing some of the qualities of Yakisugi.

  • Creamy Color – a grainy, deep look with warm tone, from Captn Look
  • Urban Dream – creamy tones street recipe, by Ivan Cheam – be aware of the content timer on the site 😦
  • The Big Negative – a different tone, but grainy and film-like (YouTube)
  • New American Color – street photography in a classic style, by Øyvind Nordhagen

🌊 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 ☀️

12 responses to “Yakisugi Film Recipe, by Mehdi Berrada”

  1. I just took a few photos outside, deep shadows, lovely blues and touch of brownish tint – definitely good for streets. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. Will put a gallery link in near future.

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  2. Fantastic recipe! Unfortunately I own an X-T30 (Mk.I) which does not have the fine settings of Kelvin WB. I can choose either 7100 or 7700. Can I somehow use WB-shift to achieve the necessary WB of 7500?

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    • In one of the film sim Facebook groups a couple of people were discussing this. I think the difference is small and one chose 77, another 71. I’m not sure if they also needed to tweak the WB as well, but maybe try a few RAW & JPEGs and do a few adjustments after?


    • I think you have Classic Chrome? If so, you can match the settings you have in your camera as close as possible and see how it looks. It might be a bit different, but still a nice style.


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