Au Naturel, Simply Clean and Crisp

A simple natural look film simulation recipe based on Pro Neg Hi

Here’s a film recipe for those of us that want our photos to look natural, clean and clear. There are minimal adjustments to colour or tone, using Pro Neg Hi as the base recipe. This gives a natural look to your images, with a simply realistic tone and pleasing colour balance. If you are a photographer that wants a distinctive look, but doesn’t always enjoy the strong toned film recipes, then this may be the one for you.

In the spirit of a clean and crisp image, this recipe does use Clarity at +2, which will cause a short delay when saving your images. You can skip this setting if you prefer, knowing that the results will be a little softer.

Similarly, if you camera doesn’t support a +0.5 setting for highlights, set them to +1 instead, e.g. on X100V.

The clean natural colour of Pro Neg in the Au Naturel film recipe

Au Naturel Film Recipe

  • Simulation: PRO Neg. Hi
  • Grain Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Off
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
  • White Balance: Auto
  • WB Shift: +2 Red, -2 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: +0.5 (use 1 if your camera doesn’t support 0.5)
  • Shadows: -1.0
  • Color: +2
  • Sharpness: 0
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: +2
  • EV compensation: 0
Passing train, on a frosty morning, with Au Naturel film recipe
Fallen oak branches look wonderful in autumn, Au Naturel film recipe
The leaves are turning, captured with Au Naturel film recipe
A winter morning on the allotment, with Au Naturel
A forsted bottle in the winter sunlight, Au Naturel film recipe
Fuzzy frosting on a pastic bottle, using Au Naturel film recipe
Riverside park, a good place to try Au Naturel film recipe
Natural green tones, captured with Au Naturel film recipe
Depth gauge
Young swans preening
Whispy seed heads, taken with the Au Naturel film recipe
Breakfast time for the horses, Au Naturel film recipe
Winter on the canalside, with Au Naturel film recipe
Lock gates on a winter morning, captured with Au Naturel film recipe
Which way? Taken with Au Naturel film recipe
I’d like to try it … taken with Au Naturel film recipe
A winter sunrise (and frosty rock), captured with Au Naturel film recipe
Frosty scenes are common at this time of year, Au Naturel film recipe
Scenes from the forest floor in Autumn. Au Naturel film recipe
Sweet chestnut leaves, beginning to change colour. Au Naturel recipe

Pro Neg Film Recipes

Often overlooked in favour of the stronger styles of Classic Negative and Classic Chrome, Pro Neg Hi and Std are excellent simulations for a natural look.

They are tipped as good choices for portraits, but for nature shots, they produce a clean, slightly mellow look with two choices of contrast level. Here are a few other Pro Neg recipes to take a look at …


☀️ 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 😊

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