Classic Chrome film simulation recipe that emulates a vintage lens style
Druring my film recipe creation process, I occasionally hit on a settings combination that produces a look that is completely different than I had expected. This experiment was just like that.
I was playing with X RAW Studio to make a Classic Chrome recipe with a downward scale of settings with 5, 4, 3 ,2 ,1 starting with a colour temperature of 5430K, a shift of 2, 1, and so on through the settings, until I added at the end of the scale, the strongest negative clarity setting, -5.
I normally avoid settings quite this strong, but on this occasion it added a softness that immediately reminded me of vintage lens photos that I had seen. The softness was like an imperfection, with a character that was decidely analog, especially in the out of focus areas of my images.
This vintage blur isn’t so visible at phone screen sizes, so I’ve provided a crop in the image below.
Xylochrome Vintage Lens Film Recipe
- Simulation: Classic Chrome
- Grain Effect: Off
- Colour Chrome Effect: Strong
- Colour Chrome Blue: Weak
- White Balance: 5430K
- WB Shift: +2 Red, +1 Blue
- Dynamic Range: DR200
- Highlights: 0.0
- Shadows: -1.0
- Color: -2
- Sharpness: -3
- ISO Noise Reduction: -4
- Clarity: -5
- EV compensation: 0
Other recipes using -5 Clarity
Whilst there is nothing stopping you from trying a strong negative clarity setting on any recipe, there are a few that have been designed with this setting in mind.
- Cheers – creamy and soft with deep shadow, by Captn Look
- Grizzly Ride – grungy Bleach Bypass, again by Captn Look
- Melatonin – Grant Teng’s dreamy cool tones, here on Film.Recipes
- CineStill 800T – Eterna for night shooting, on FujiXWeekly
- Nostalgic Negative – FujiXWeekly recipe to emulate the NN sim