Since I started shooting JPEG on my Fujifilm cameras back in 2018, the popularity of film simulations and Fujifilm’s JPEGs has increased massively. Huge communities have been built around sharing and creating recipes to emulate film or just take advantage of those beautiful Fuji colours.
I’ve always had a thing for black and white photography. It has a timeless beauty to it and, for some reason, it pushes me to focus even harder on light on composition. Fujifilm’s Acros is legendary. One question some have is, if you love it that much, why not just shoot film and use the actual Acros rather than Fujifilm’s digital version of it. Well, why would I? I don’t really shoot film at all and Fujifilm give us the best of both worlds here; the look of film all wrapped up nicely in a modern digital image.
There are no doubt many articles and YouTube videos these days about the Fujifilm Acros simulation but I want to show you just what the JPEGs look like in real world scenarios. I use one recipe these days for my black and white photography, Acros Punch, and I use it for travel photography, daily shots and even weddings.
Examples of the Acros film simulation are littered across this blog; take a look around, it’s always being used!
‘Acros Punch’ Recipe
FS Acros Yellow
Noise Reduction -4
I’ve set up a JPEG import that I apply across all of my straight out of camera JPEGs which is simply +10 Contrast, +15 Clarity, a slight S Curve and -5 Vignette.
For those using Lightroom and shooting RAW, try this which I’ve tried to match. It’s not a perfect match, I’ve found it almost impossible to match what comes out of the Fujifilm cameras, specifically Acros, in Lightroom but this works for me:
Slight S Curve
Sharpening 65, Detail 10, Masking 30
Now you’ve got the details, it’s time to see Fujifilm’s Acros simulation in the real world. These photos are all taken with either the X-T2 or the X100F and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!