Natural Ambience, a Pure Tones Film Recipe

Natural color film simulation recipe with pure tones from the Astia setting

I set myself a little project to develop a small set of film simulation recipes which present a pure look using the standard film simulations in our cameras. For a Kodak look, I have Kodacolor Ambience. For a Fujifilm look, there is Fujicolor Ambience, and for a natural color style, here is Natural Ambience.

The base for this recipe is the Astia film simulation, which has a film like look and works well with skin tones and earthy or creamy tones. The settings of the recipe make minor adjustments, alowing the pure Astia look show through.

These images are actually more saturated than my usual taste, and I’d often opt for somethiing more muted or nostalgic. But on bright days, and for natural scenes, this recipe is a great way to capture memories in a natural style.

Spring is on the way. Shooting with Natural Ambience film recipe

Natural Ambience Film Recipe

  • Simulation: Astia/Soft
  • Grain Effect: Weak, Small
  • Colour Chrome Effect: Weak
  • Colour Chrome Blue: Off
  • White Balance: Auto Ambience Priority
  • WB Shift: +1 Red, -2 Blue
  • Dynamic Range: DR200
  • Highlights: 0.0
  • Shadows: +1.0
  • Color: +1
  • Sharpness: -1
  • ISO Noise Reduction: -4
  • Clarity: 0
  • EV compensation: 0
A sunny morning wander up the forest road, with Natural Ambience recipe
Natural Ambience preserves the contrast and colour of a scene.
Sunlit leaves, captured with the Natural Ambience film recipe
Spring blossoms with a lake behind, Natural Ambience film recipe.
A covering of snow, using Natural Ambience film recipe
Colors maintain their saturation with Natural Ambience film recipe
Bold reds are no problem for the Natural Ambience film recipe
Black and white, in the New Forest, with Natural Ambience film recipe
At the end of the day …
… with Natural Ambience recipe
The tones of Autumn, captured with Natural Ambience film recipe
A sunny winter morning, with Natural Ambience film recipe
The views of fly agaric mushrooms, with Natural Ambience film recipe
Sunlight in the forest, taken with Natural Ambience film recipe
Rich but natural colour and deep contrast. Natural Ambience film recipe
A single leaf at sunset, with Natural Ambience film recipe

Natural Colour Film Recipes

Many film simulation recipes include a warm color balance shift, or a look that presents a mood and feel that changes the natural look of your photos. When you want to see more of what is really there, a natural colour film recipe is helpful. Here are three more from this site that you might enjoy.


🌊 Let’s get creative in this new round of The Film Recipes Challenge 🏄 The recipe is the burned and faded look, Childhood Vacation, which loves to be over exposed. Try some images and share a selection in the Film Recipes Facebook Group or the comments on the recipe page. Open to everyone, until end of 8th June. Tag #childhoodvacation ☀️

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