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.
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
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 …
- Natural Standard – a nature loving recipe with great colour
- Gold Standard – a Kodak Gold inspired recipe with Pro Neg
- Agfacolor – Inspired by Agfa films with vibrant verdant greens
- Kodak Portra Pro – Bring a Portra 400 style to your photography
- Easy Going – a warm and soft recipe for casual shooting