CineStill Daylight for Softening Bright Light

Eterna film simulation recipe for X-Trans IV cameras

Personally, I love the idea of shooting single shots with the smooth subdued tones I see in sweeping cinematic drama films. There’s just something about the softness and tone that looks great. Thankfully, the X-series cameras have the Eterna Cinema film simulation, which gives us that option.

Similarly, I see some lovely photos online using CineStill film recipes, often used in artifical light at night. I wanted to take the spirit of this, and translate it into a ‘use in daytime’ option, so I can play at snapping cinema stills when the sun was out.

So here’s my CineStill Daylight film recipe, for taking cinematic stills during the day. It’s based on the Eterna Cinema film simulation, with a warmed daylight balance. Even with the warming, there is a cool tone to neutrals with this recipe, and a cinematic feeling to the overall effect.

I took it on a city walk in very bright sunny conditions (awful for photography), but was really happy with the controlled tone to the images.

Harsh sunshine, tamed with the CineStill Daylight film recipe.

CineStill Daylight Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Eterna Cinema
  • Grain Effect: Strong, Large (remove for smoothest images)
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Strong
  • White Balance: Daylight
  • WB Shift: +1 Red, -4 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1
  • Shadows: +2
  • Colour: -1
  • Sharpness: -2
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -1
  • EV compensation: +1/3
Winchester Cathedral tower, taken with CineStill Daylight
A wider view of the Cathedral, with CineStill Daylight film recipe
Light and shade, taken with CineStill Daylight film recipe
Rural postbox, captured with CineStill Daylight film recipe
Shady steps, taken with the CineStill Daylight film recipe
Blocky building and blue sky, taken with CineStill Daylight recipe
Laburnum flowers
Church steeple
Old building detail, captured with CineStill Daylight film recipe
A popular city pub, with CineStill Daylight film recipe
Coastal view on a partly cloudy day, shot with CineStill Daylight

Other CineStill Recipes

Here are two other cinematic stills recipes that capture the smooth subtle tones of this cinematic film style. They’re from Fuji X Weekly.

And for shooting with a cinematic mood, here are some of my other recipes in a similar style.


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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