Kodak Portra Pro, Portra 400 Film Recipe

Yet another Kodak Portra 400 film recipe, this time based on PRO Neg Standard

There are a good number of Kodak Portra recipes to consider when choosing one to shoot your photos with. Each recipe site seems to have at least one, and I certainly have a few interpretations as well. So why this recipe when there are already several others?

The short answer was that I became inspired. I was looking at the excellent images of expiredbren who shoots with Portra 400, Kodak Gold and Tri-X. In his Portra images, I was taken with the tone of the images and felt that even though I had made one previous attempt to mimic them with my Aged Kodak Portra film recipe, there was something different about his latest work.

In a break from tradition, I started with the PRO Neg Standard film simulation, and tweaked the white balance and colour shifts until I was happy that the tone was a close match. As is common for Portra recipes, overexposure is part of the look too, so make sure to do this when you use it. Oh, and for some softness, there is negative sharpening and a small amount of negative clarity too. It’s not a deal breaker to skip this last feature, if you get bugged out by the delay in saving images.

A bright day at the cottages, with Kodak Portra Pro film recipe

Kodak Portra Pro, Portra 400 Recipe

  • Simulation: PRO Neg. Std
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Large
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Daylight
  • WB Shift: +5 Red, -6 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: -1.0
  • Shadows: 0.0
  • Color: -4
  • Sharpness: -3
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: -1
  • EV compensation: +1 for the creamy Portra aesthetic
Fishing boat stuff on the dock, with Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
At the entrance to the Hamble River, with Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Can you see the future? Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Walking the sea wall in the late afternoon, Kodak Portra Pro recipe
August heather in the morning, Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
An oak tree laden with acorns, Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Summer on the riverbank, using Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Natural greens, captured with Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
A soft sunset, captured with Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Horses always seem to be eating. Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Rich forest greens
A bit of blue sky above
Sun and shade in the summer forest, Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
The promenade along the shore, Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Steps down to the path, Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Beach huts, all closed today. Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Bright colours, captured with the Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
New topographics, or just a warehouse? Kodak Portra Pro recipe
Fishing pond at sunrise
Reflections in the water
Autumn scene in the forest, with Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
That fly agaric again … Kodak Portra Pro film recipe
Marina access ramp
Stacked rowing boats
Sunny day sparkes, captured using Kodak Portra Pro film recipe

Kodak Portra for the undecided

If you want to compare several Kodak Portra fim recipes, here’s a few to get you going …

Did you know? The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to share film recipes, ask questions and join the latest challenge. Join in the fun! The December round of the Film Recipe Challenge is now on … shoot with Mother Superia film recipe and share your photos, either in the Facebook group or in the recipe page comments. End date is Dec 15th.

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