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.
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.
I have been shooting using the defaults on my Fujifilm X-T2 and getting good results. However, I want to shorten the path between the defaults, experimentation, and finding my own settings. I discovered Ritchie Roesch’s website via a Google search for “Classic Chrome Film Simulation Recipes”. Ritchie has created an incredible set of recipes for his XPro2 and X100F. I think these Chrome Film Simulation recipes are a good starting point for me to learn how these film simulations works, tweak them and find my own recipe.
I am using Ritchie's recipe with one modification. I am not a fan of film grain so I have set the grain setting to off for all of these. All of the images here were SOOC JPEGs.