Quartz 400, Pocket Camera Instant Film

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.

Like an image from an instant pocket camera, Quartz 400 film recipe

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
Dog walkers in the park, captured with Quartz 400 film recipe
Winter snow in pink tone
Quartz 400 film recipe
Ice bubbles in a frozen puddle, Quartz 400 film recipe
Quartz 400 film recipe absolutely adores bright sunlight
Get down low and capture backlit details, Quartz 400 film recipe
Blue skies with the expired pinks of Quartz 400 film recipe
Autumn moods, captured with Quartz 400 film recipe
Morning mist makes a mysterious mood, Quartz 400 film recipe
In the shadows with Quartz 400 film recipe
Winter details, captured using Quartz 400 film recipe
Scenes of the winter forest, with Quartz 400 film recipe
This is the way, Quartz 400 film recipe
A bright cold morning, with Quartz 400 film recipe
Let’s take a walk, with the Quartz 400 film recipe
The colder the weather, the better it is for Quartz 400
Last leaves, taken with Quartz 400 film recipe
A winter detail, using Quartz 400 film recipe

Similar Styles

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.


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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