Along with the rise of Instagram and iPhone photography, there has been a flood of filters and film simulations. Unfortunately, the majority of these tools are formulated very poorly and the results can be quite grotesque.
When I heard that Fujifilm is working on a new film simulation, Classic Chrome, I was intrigued. After all, Fuji has been known for its expertise in film and the JPEGs coming out of the X-series cameras have been one of the best in the industry.
The latest Fuji X100T and Fuji X-T1 Graphite came with Classic Chrome. Some photographers who got their hands on these cameras posted some photos bearing the Classic Chrome look and we really liked what we saw. Those who practise street, documentary photography or fine art photography should be very pleased with this modern take on the Kodachrome-like look. The colours are subtle and slightly suppressed but pleasing and natural to the eye.
Although we haven’t had a chance to shoot with the Fuji X100T or Graphite X-T1, the recent Lightroom 5.7 update offers an opportunity to paint with light – Classic Chrome style. We couldn’t resist applying this new colour palette to some chosen photos. Here they are:
Also, watch this space for a full review of the XF 50-140 F2.8 OIS WR, the Fuji X-100T and more Classic Chrome images – this time straight from the camera.
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13 thoughts on “Welcome to Classic Chrome”
What seetings do you use for classic chrome in camera.
Hi Olaf, the images are really lovely, there is a beautiful and natural look to them. I have noticed on other sites that many photographers work on composite images, and I do feel these tend to look very artificial. Do you use this method of developing an image? I would suspect on looking at your work that this is not something that you do on a regular basis. Your portraits are really lovely.
All the best,
yes I think it’s great, well done fujifilm love it.
Works for all the newer sensors (not XPRO1 and X-E1) simply by changing the camera model in the EXIF using one of the available EXIF editors.
Thanks Maurice for clarification.
LOL I love that… “Grotesque” when talking about the instal-filters. I so agree!! Love these images. The first few shots look like Barkerville, BC? I was there in 1980! I can’t believe it is still there. At that time, I was traveling up and down the west coast. I shot 95 rolls of Kodachrome 25 and 64…. What a blast!!!
Indeed, Barkerville is quite a place! Thank you for dropping a line.
All the best,
I checked on the latest LR 5.7 but didn’t find any Classic Chrome setting. What exactly were you using?
It only works for X-T1, X-T1 Graphite & X100T. It is not available for all other X-series cameras just yet.
All the best,
I have the X-T1 and 5.7. I do not see the Classic Chrome setting. Is it labeled as such or under some other name setting in “Lightroom Color Presets”?
Hi, try looking in develop mode, camera calibration, profile, you should see the fujifilm film simulations including classic chrome. thanks peter.