FUJIFILM Film Simulations – Detailed website, when to use what and much more

If you’re new to the world of FUJIFILM Film Simulators and think you might become a fan, FUJIFILM has added a detailed website that might interest you. The website delves into the different types of Film Simulations, explaining their vision and a bit about how they are put together (hint: they start with a PROVIA base standard), when you can choose one or the other, and much more. Let’s take a look!

Something quite unique to FUJIFILM cameras are film simulations that copy their analog equivalent, for example Velvia, Provia and Classic Chrome, among others. The range of presets mimics the look of classic FUJIFILM films, and photographers and filmmakers can select one of these color profiles and tones directly in-camera if they know the look they want to achieve. In fact, these simulations are so popular that the new FUJIFILM X-T50 camera features a dedicated film simulation dial.

The two types of Cinematographic Simulations and their corresponding cinematographic stock. Source: FUJIFILM

Comprehensive and individualistic – when to use what

FUJIFILM film simulations can be divided into two categories: comprehensive and individualistic. What does this mean and when would you use one over the other? As explained on the site, the Comprehensive type prioritizes enhancing the theme of the photo, while the Individualistic simulation identifies a mood. In other words, this will depend on whether the subject is clear, true to life, and is the focal point of the image, or if you’re more like me and prefer the feel of a scene rather than focusing on what you see. in front of you.

The grain effect will add “grain” to a photo for tonal gradation. Source: FUJIFILM

Additional options – grain effect, chrome color and chrome color FX blue

Also explained is the use of the Grain Effect, the Chrome Color Effect and the Chrome Color FX Blue. Starting with the grain effect, what we used to call “grain” when taking analog photographs is now considered necessary for the human eye to see texture in a photograph, as we recognize a kind of dimensional depth through tonal gradation. Simply process one of his photos with an overdose of Adobe Lightroom’s AI DeNoise filter and you’ll see what I mean. The effect is plastic if you don’t tone it down or add some “grain,” also known as “noise.” The Grain effect can take care of that.

Turn on or off in-camera effects. Source: FUJIFILM

The Color Chrome effect helps add detail to your photo if you use a simulation like Velvia, or any of those that add vibrancy and (maybe too much) saturated color. It takes care of those overly saturated colors by deepening the colors and creating a wider range of tones. The Effect was developed with the popular FUJICHROME Fortia film in mind, which gained a large fan base and was unfortunately only available in limited quantities and only in Japan between 2005 and 2007.

Color Chrome FX Blue recovers the blue. Source: FUJIFILM

You can probably guess what Color Chrome FX Blue focuses on: blues, for example, the blues of the sky and bodies of water, like the ocean. Since the air causes a certain bleaching effect when we take photographs like these, we can use FX Blue to recover the blue that we have lost. This works similar to how a polarizing filter works on the camera.

For more details on simulations and effects, you can visit the website here. You’ll also find a comprehensive Compatibility section so you can easily see what hardware and software fits each camera, a Learning Center, and more.

Do you use a FUJIFILM camera and if so, do you use any in-camera simulations or effects? Or do you add them in post-processing? Tell us your experience with them in the comments!

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