An instant film recipe with an expired look, for X-Trans IV cameras
Here’s an interesting film recipe for exploring the instant film aesthetic that just goes to show what’s possible with film simulations in our Fujifilm cameras. This recipe brings together a quartz pink tinted analog look with the imperfections of low-cost instant photography. It reminds me of Instamatic or Polaroid films, or pocket cameras of decades past when prints were developed by a budget lab.
The recipe is based on Classic Negative, manipulated with colour balance shifts and minimal saturation. I love the look this produces especially when used in bright light, and shooting towards the light for a heavy blast of lens flare. I’d imagine it would be a fun recipe to sty for a stylised fashion shoot, or a 70s theme party, or whenever you want to try an expired instant film look.
Quartz 400 Film Recipe
- Simulation: Classic Negative
- Grain Effect: Weak, Large
- Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
- Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
- White Balance: 7200K
- WB Shift: +2 Red, +7 Blue
- Dynamic Range: DR400
- Highlights: 0.0
- Shadows: -1.0
- Color: -4
- Sharpness: -1
- ISO Noise Reduction: -4
- Clarity: 0
- EV compensation: +1/3
This film recipe has a distinct feel to it, with pinks and oranges brought into play in almost every shot. It reminds me of some other recipes, so here are some other links with a similar look and some of the same qualities.
- Creamy Color – Moody with similar tones, by Captn Look
- Nature Neon – Embrace the flare, again by Captn Look
- Expired Film 66 – Prints from an old film found after decades
- Polaroid 66 – Shoot like an old Polaroid instant camera
- Decade Print – Aged prints look with pink tones