The real Kodachrome film is dead but lives on as Fujifilm X camera film simulation recipes or as Adobe Lightroom presets.

For straight-out-of-camera JPEGs, I have used Ritchie Roesch’s Kodachrome II film simulation recipes. I used these JPEGs when I am out in the field, and I want an image for direct upload to my blog. But quite often I like to post-process the Fujifilm RAW image files (RAF) in Adobe Lightroom before uploading to my website for a blog post. Sometimes I want to remove a distracting object from the frame, something that I could not remove by re-framing, or change the shadow or highlights in a particular section of a frame, etc. JEPGS are not the best option for doing that. Often, after making my edits, I will apply an Adobe Lightroom preset before uploading. Several months ago, I purchased the Classic K14 Lightroom Preset.

The Classic K14 Lightroom Preset is an easy way for me to create the famous Kodachrome film look in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Camera RAW. With this Adobe Lightroom preset the camera profile is included to ensure the preset will perform uniquely for each camera model.

I can apply this preset in Adobe Lightroom during import or later using the develop module. Examples are given below for some of the images I took on my Nikon D5100, a rented Sony α7 and my Fujifilm X-T2.

I can also apply the Kodachrome II film simulation recipe to un-edited RAF file using the Fujifilm X RAW Studio app.

Jul 1, 2015, Classic K14 Lightroom Preset — Sony ILCE-7M2 + FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS
Aug 26, 2019, West College Street, Oberlin College, Classic K14 Lightroom Preset — FujiFilm X-T2 + Asahi SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5

For comparison, I have included an image shot on my Fujifilm with the SOOC JPEG using Ritchie’s Kodachrome II film simulation recipe, and the Classic K14 Lightroom Preset applied to the Fujifilm RAF.

Street, Building, Colonial, Brick
Aug 30, 2019, Kodachrome II Film Smimulation Recipe — FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

Street, Building, Colonial, Brick
Aug 30, 2019, Classic K14 64er — FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

With the Classic K14 Lightroom Preset I adjusted the exposure in Adobe Lightroom to -0.66.

What do you think? Which image do you prefer?

5 thoughts on “Classic K14 Adobe Lightroom Preset compared with Kodachrome II Film Simulation Recipe

  1. With the very limited abilities of Fuji film simulation settings to tweak the colors (only the color tint) Ritchie is doing wonderful job with his recipes. I got the Capture One version of The Classic Presets' Kodachrome style but if I understood right the Lightroom version has more versions of it. Andre Duhme has also done wonderful job with the presets and styles he offers. I do prefer more neutral color cast with white parts of the image so the K14 preset would be my choice in the long run. But the brownish color cast of Ritchie's recipe works beautifully for some subjects.

    • I’m happy we have choices given that we can’t shoot Kodachrome anymore. I use Ritchie’s recipes for SOOC to social media. I process my RAW images with and sometimes use the K14 presets for street photography.

  2. I prefer the Kodachrome film recipe to the Classic K14 on the last image. I find the warmer tones, and deeper contrast more in line with my taste, but it's absolutely subjective. Overall, throughout the post, the K14 look great too.

    • I noticed that too. I could tweak the sliders in Adobe Lightroom to get closer to the Kodachrome II film simulation. I think I'll use them both. I'll use the Kodachrome II for in-camera JPEGs and the K14 for when I post-process the RAF.

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