Kodak Portra 400 Fuji Film Simulation Recipe Compared to DxO Color Efx Pro 4

After messing around with Color Efx Pro 4from DxO’s Nik Collection 3, I think my criticism and reaction to the SOOC JPEGs from my Fujifilm Film Simulation Challenge Roll 5: Kodak Portra 400 test was “user error”. I think the exposure compensation dial may have moved during my photo walk. That would certainly explain the washed-out look of the SOOC image. As a test, I used Fuji X RAW Studio to reprocess the images with Ritchie’s Kodak Portra 400 recipe and adjusted exposure compensation settings and the results are much better. I think the photos were over-exposed by between EV +1/3 to +1. In the interest of transparency, I left the original blog post but included reprocessed images at the bottom.

I then tried the Kodak Portra 400 film presets from DxO Color Efx Pro 4. DxO Color Efx Pro 4 produced very different images than the SOOC JPEGs created by Ritchie’s Kodak Portra 400 recipe for X-Trans III sensors. The images created by DxO Color Efx Pro 4 are consistent with what I had expected based on what I had seen and read about Kodak Portra 400.

I don’t know for sure why the two approaches are so different but even in the age of film, the process for developing, the paper used, etc. were all contributors to how a print would be rendered. I’ll just have to shoot another “roll” of simulated Kodak Portra 400 and compare results again.

Although I don’t have an X-Trans IV camera, I am going to try [Ritchie’s newer Portra 400 recipe].

Kodak Portra 400 Film Simulation Recipe | H1912 | 6 June, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 41.4 mm
DxO Color Efx Pro 4 | H1912 Vintage & Antique Jewelry | Saturday 6 June, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Kodak Portra 400 Film Simulation Recipe | Nassau Street and Vandeventer Avenue | 6 June, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm
DxO Color Efx Pro 4 | Nassau Street and Vandeventer Avenue | Saturday 6 June, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Kodak Portra 400 Film Simulation Recipe | Fruity Yogurt & Cafe | 6 June, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 34.2 mm
DxO Color Efx Pro 4 | Fruity Yogurt & Cafe | Saturday 6 June, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

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