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Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome for Travel Photography

I’ve been a Fujifilm user for many years now and have primarily utilised the beautiful colours the cameras produce in the form of JPEG images since 2018. When I first set out to shoot only JPEG (RAW for backup, I’m sensible sometimes), my number one film simulation was Astia and I would only use that for my photography. However, times have moved on, I love the grittier side of life and that’s where Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome stands out for me. It has captured my heart and my colour photography these days is shot almost exclusively in Classic Chrome.

This post has been around for three years and is one of my most popular across the entire blog so I felt it was only right to give it a refresh and an update for 2022.

I know the title of this post highlights using the Classic Chrome film simulation for travel photography. Travel photography for me encompasses a wide range of photography styles including street, portraits, food and general day to day life.

I do love Classic Chrome’s ability to turn even the prettiest scenes into something else completely with slightly desaturated and gritty images. I’ve used Classic Chrome on the streets of Bangkok during monsoon season, whilst wandering through Edinburgh and Cork and, hell, I’ve even used it at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida…

As I said above, I now use Classic Chrome for a wide range of subjects. I’ve shot food and drink for a local cafe, taken photos of my newborn baby girl, covered charity events, festivals and car shows. All with Classic Chrome. Even my first paid press trip covering an Ultimate Guide to the Tees Valley here in North East England was shot using Classic Chrome. It can relied upon for almost anything (I don’t use it for weddings but there’s a post coming soon all about that).

So, what I’m saying is, use Classic Chrome for whatever situation you want. You don’t have to be ‘travelling’ to use it and I’ll hopefully show below just how well this film simulation fits into ordinary life.

If you’re a Fujifilm user and aren’t yet shooting JPEG, what are you waiting for? Seriously, you’ll be blown away by the magic that can be created straight from your camera. Check out my 2021 Fujifilm JPEG Simulations as a starting place.

All the images below use the ‘Chrome Urban’ settings on the Fujifilm X-T2 and if you keep scrolling I’ve now helpfully put the settings in this article.

‘Chrome Urban’ Settings

For the JPEG simulation, dial these settings in:

  • Dynamic Range (DR) Auto

  • Film Simulation (FS) Classic Chrome

  • Grain Off

  • White Balance (WB) Auto +1 Red

  • Highlight 0

  • Shadow +2

  • Colour +3

  • Sharpness +2

  • Noise Reduction (NR) -4

My photos are quite ‘straight out of camera’ but they are pretty damn close. I always use Lightroom for organising my photo collections and so easily set up an import preset for my JPEGs which is simply +10 Contrast, +15 Clarity, a slight S Curve and -5 vignette. I’ll deal with exposure too in Lightroom often adding +1.00 but just whatever suits.

After many requests, here are the Lightroom settings I use for RAW files. I’m not saying that this is a perfect match but it’s close enough which is good enough for me:

  • Contrast +10

  • Highlights +39

  • Shadows -43

  • Blacks -22

  • Texture +10

  • Clarity +35

  • Saturation +20

  • Slight S Curve

  • Sharpening 80, Radius 0.8, Detail 10, Masking 29

  • Vignette -5

Now, for the part you’re really here for, the photos. Let’s see just what Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome can do shall we?

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36 thoughts on “Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome for Travel Photography”

  1. geohoosier@gmail.com

    I am mostly a monochrome shooter, but when I shoot color it is definitely CC. Great post and wonderful pictures.

  2. geohoosier@gmail.com

    I am mostly a monochrome shooter, but when I shoot color it is definitely CC. Great post and wonderful pictures.

  3. geohoosier@gmail.com

    I am mostly a monochrome shooter, but when I shoot color it is definitely CC. Great post and wonderful pictures.

      1. I use it mostly for my family stuff because of the warmth. You know when Chrome leaves skin tones a little cold? That’s where it’s handy.It also works in nature – I haven’t tried urban settings with it, I like acros red for the streets. I dial the settings then set to shoot raw, if I like it on the lcd I convert to jpeg – if not, try something else.

    1. jorghahn@telefonica.net

      The WB shift is what Ritchie Roesch is suggesting, right? I’ve never understood why Classic Chrome should be a good starting point for coming close to the Kodachrome look. Just look at Steve McCurry’s work and all these rich colors… Classic Chrome is just the opposite, (muted, desaturated colors), even with the WB shift. Any thoughts?

      1. I use it mostly for my family stuff because of the warmth. You know when Chrome leaves skin tones a little cold? That’s where it’s handy.It also works in nature – I haven’t tried urban settings with it, I like acros red for the streets. I dial the settings then set to shoot raw, if I like it on the lcd I convert to jpeg – if not, try something else.

    1. jorghahn@telefonica.net

      The WB shift is what Ritchie Roesch is suggesting, right? I’ve never understood why Classic Chrome should be a good starting point for coming close to the Kodachrome look. Just look at Steve McCurry’s work and all these rich colors… Classic Chrome is just the opposite, (muted, desaturated colors), even with the WB shift. Any thoughts?

      1. I use it mostly for my family stuff because of the warmth. You know when Chrome leaves skin tones a little cold? That’s where it’s handy.It also works in nature – I haven’t tried urban settings with it, I like acros red for the streets. I dial the settings then set to shoot raw, if I like it on the lcd I convert to jpeg – if not, try something else.

    1. jorghahn@telefonica.net

      The WB shift is what Ritchie Roesch is suggesting, right? I’ve never understood why Classic Chrome should be a good starting point for coming close to the Kodachrome look. Just look at Steve McCurry’s work and all these rich colors… Classic Chrome is just the opposite, (muted, desaturated colors), even with the WB shift. Any thoughts?

  4. Wow, I just found you and I’m in love with your pictures! Is there any chance you could translate those settings to Lightroom the way you did in the Acros post? I just tried those two settings in Lr and the results are so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow, I just found you and I’m in love with your pictures! Is there any chance you could translate those settings to Lightroom the way you did in the Acros post? I just tried those two settings in Lr and the results are so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow, I just found you and I’m in love with your pictures! Is there any chance you could translate those settings to Lightroom the way you did in the Acros post? I just tried those two settings in Lr and the results are so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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