The Shortlist

My favourite film recipes from the site

On 24th June, I added my 50th recipe to the site, and thought it might mark a good moment to provide a page listing my personal favourite film recipes. These reflect my own taste and preference to shoot in a softer, low saturation style, but I hope that you enjoy it and will try a few in your own photography.

  • Karmachroma – This nostalgic style is one that I’ve been so excited about that I held it back for ages, so it could be Recipe no. 100 on the site. It has a bit of everything I like, all in one recipe.
  • Soft Negative – Recipe no. 2 on this site, but actually developed first. It was Classic Negative’s wonderful retro style that brought me to Fujifilm in the first place.
  • Cinechrome – This is my personal favourite Classic Chrome recipe, with soft tones and a lovely retro cinematic feel.
  • Classic Gold – A wonderfully soft recipe based on aged rolls of Kodak Gold 35mm film. Looks amazing in golden hour.
  • Rosa Negative – I’m so often inspired by other creators, and this is a recipe adapted in this way. It’s lovely and delicate, and just wonderful at sunset.
  • Soft Cinnamon – Eterna Bleach Bypass creates some dramatic images, but this is a much more gentle recipe with a great tone and balance.
  • Aged Kodak Portra – A look developed to mimic expired Kodak Porta film. I love the subtle green tones.
  • Blanko Bleach – Inspired by Hipstamatic, this recipe has impactful tonality with reduced saturation.
  • Astia Mellow – Astia is one of the great underated film simulations, but this recipe might change how you feel.
  • Nostalgic Standard – This is a mellow and relaxed recipe that I developed using Pro Neg Standard. It’s versatile and comforting.
  • Kodachrome Daily – My interpretation of the Kodachrome 64 aesthetic, with all that’s good about Classic Chrome in one handy recipe.
  • Arthouse Cinema – Recipe no. 50 and one I had huge fun developing and testing. I love Eterna as a simulation and this is my favourite recipe I’ve so far created with it.

The site is under active development, with another batch of recipes in testing and write-up. These include some new favourite styles, so as I add more recipes, I’ll update this list.

Join the fun! The Film Recipes Facebook Group is a great place to chat film recipes, or share photos you’ve taken with the recipes. The Karmachroma challenge is on. Shoot with Karmachroma and share by Sun, Oct 2nd. Everyone is welcome to share photos from around the world. A selection will be added to the site. Let’s go!

You might also be interested to hear what my favourite recipes are from other creators. Here are my top three;

  1. Kodak Vision3 250D – I just love everything about this Eterna recipe from Ritchie over at FujiXWeekly
  2. Nomadic Mood – a favourite Classic Negative recipe, which I absolutely love in golden hour
  3. Cheers – My top choice from the wonderful recipe collection by Immanuel / Captn Look

2 responses to “The Shortlist”

  1. TheCameraEatsFirst Avatar

    Yay, it’s now possible to reply here.
    I’m a sucker for (soft) pastel hues. You have created a few pastel-esque recipes and I have saved them.
    Any idea how to replicate this?

    My own photos taken on Santorini:
    Golden hour:


    1. justingould Avatar

      I love the soft hues too, but it’s really about waiting for the golden hour light I think, like in your lovely photos. To get a look like those of Mira Varbov will be a bit beyond the capabilities in camera.


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