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?

My Fujifilm X-T30 Kodacolor Film Simulation Recipe by Ritchie Roesch (Fuji X Weekly)

Last week I was contacted by a Fuji X Weekly reader who wanted help creating an in-camera look that was similar to the pictures from this other photographer. It didn’t take me long to realize that the photographer in question was using a digital camera (Nikon D750) and applying a plugin preset (most likely VSCO) to achieve the desired look. If I had to take a guess, I would say that the preset is supposed to resemble Kodak Portra 400, although probably one of the alternative versions and not the straight Portra 400 preset. Anytime that I get one of these requests I always make an attempt to create it, although oftentimes my efforts are not successful and no recipe is made. This time, my first stab at it was pretty close, and a little refining made it even closer. I was able to quickly create a film simulation recipe that produces similar results in-camera to what that other photographer is getting with software.

After taking a look at Ritchie’s recent Kodacolour Film Simulation recipe, I decided to capture a few images with the new recipe to compare to Kodachrome II, one of his other film simulation recipes that I use quite often. It seems that Ritchie had the idea before me because he wrote a post comparing his various film simulation recipes . I used Fujifilm’s X RAW Studio software to process the images in my X-T2.

The images of the Rocky Hill Inn were taken in the early morning with a cloudy sky.

The featured image is from the RAW image processed using the Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom.

Rocky Hill Inn with Ritchie Roesch’s Kodachrome II Film Simulation Recipe

Rocky Hill Inn on Kodachrome II Film Simulation Recipe —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Rocky Hill Inn with Ritchie Roesch’s Kodacolor Film Simulation Recipe

on Kodacolor Film Simulation Recipe —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.004 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

The farmers’ market images were taken yesterday morning in hot full sunlight.

Montgomery Friends Farmers’ Market Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom

Montgomery Friends Farmers’ Market Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom. —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (28.3 mm, 0.000 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

Montgomery Friends Farmers’ Market with Ritchie Roesch’s Kodachrome II Recipe

Montgomery Friends Farmers’ Market Kodachrome II Fuji Recipe —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (28.3 mm, 0.000 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

Montgomery Friends Farmers’ Market with Ritchie Roesch’s Kodacolour Recipe

Montgomery Friends Farmers’ Market Kodacolour Fuji Recipe —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (28.3 mm, 0.000 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

Wildflower Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom

Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.003 sec at f/2.8, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Wildflower with Ritchie Roesch’s Kodachrome II Recipe

Kodachrome II —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.003 sec at f/2.8, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Wildflower with Ritchie Roesch’s Kodacolour Recipe

Kodacolour —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.003 sec at f/2.8, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Big Sky with Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom

Big Sky with Classic K14 Lightroom Preset for Adobe Lightroom —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (24.9 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Big Sky with Ritchie Roesch’s Kodachrome II Recipe

Big Sky with Kodachrome II —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (24.9 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Big Sky with Ritchie Roesch’s Kodacolour Recipe

Big Sky Kodacolour —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (24.9 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

My Fujifilm X-Pro2 Kodachrome II Film Simulation Recipe by Ritchie Roesch (Fuji X Weekly)

I believe that Haas, Ghirri and Eggleston continued to use Kodachrome even beyond 1974 when the new version came out, but it seems they used it less extensively, especially Eggleston, who became known for his work with color negatives. Still, each of these three photographers captured some of their most recognizable images on the second era of Kodachrome. And that’s the look that the film simulation recipe below is based on.

Yet another excellent film simulation recipe with which I can experiment to create one for my X-T2. Thank you, Ritchie!

The following images were hurriedly taken short after reading this article. I apologize for the banality of the subject material.

Meethi—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Feet—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Sassafras—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Backyard—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR