Fujifilm Colour simulations explained – part 2

Here is the second part of an explanation of Fuji colour film simulations and where you might use them.

Pro Neg.STD
This is a simulation for a colour negative film, NS160, which was mainly used for studio portraiture. The tonality of Pro Neg STD is very soft which enhances skin tones perfectly. Shadows are not overly saturated and colours appear fairly soft. Pro Neg STD is particularly suited for studio portraiture where you would have complete control over the lighting, pose and composition. The neutral effect of its colours lend themselves to picking out subtle changes in stronger more vivid ones. You can see from the chart that it is very soft whilst having low saturation, although not as low as Chrome.
Pro Neg Hi
Compared to Pro Neg STD, Pro Neg Hi has a somewhat harder tonality whilst still maintaining enough softness to be very suitable for portraiture. Using this simulation it is possible for shadows to be opened even with simple lighting. Contrast and colour vibrancy are increased more than Pro Neg STD.

Astia
This has been designed to return excellent skin tones and not letting the highlights side of the picture wash-out whilst hardening shadows. Astia was based on a reversal film so that the colours are more vivid than either of the two Pro Neg simulations. In the Fuji camera menu, it says “Astia/Soft”. Fuji says this is a little misleading in that its softness is limited only to those colours close to skin tone. Its harness of shadow tones also increases sharpness a little, which makes it useful for many other types of photography.

Provia
The chart shows that this simulation is in the centre and because of that is considered Fuji’s default film emulation. It is a robust simulation which means that changing its parameters with the “Q” button will alter its properties far less than any other one. It has been created to emulate the classic Fujifilm Provia film and is suitable for a very wide range of applications from landscape to fashion and from nature to portraiture and it can be relied upon to give good results across colour and tonality.

 

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