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Soft Color

Soft Color

I never used to like the Astia (soft) film sim. It is based on Fujifilm’s filmstock of the same name, which was designed for use in portrait photography. It produces a softer color with warmer skin tones. It wasn’t until I saw the Fuji X Weekly Community’s Fujicolor Astia recipe that I saw the potential. So, I set out to create my own. I like the results.

It is one of the recipes (along with Hi Color) that sits between Bold Color and my undersaturated Old Film and Cool Color recipes. Not everything needs the extravagant colors of Bold Color. I envision this as serving the purpose of the default C1 setting in the Q menu, a very basic “recipe” based on the quite boring Provia sim. I derisively call this “Dead Plain.”

These are ruins of an old location of Baylor University, located in Independence, TX.


This is one of the iconic views of West Texas, and one you will see in a lot of my photographs. This is The Window in the Chisos Basin, Big Bend National Park, Texas.


And for the final sample, another West Texas view: SH-118 looking north toward the south face of Kokernot Mesa.


And now for the recipe:

Soft Color

Film Simulation: Astia
White Balance: Temperature / 5600K R: -1 B: 0

Dynamic Range: DR400
Highlights: -2
Shadows: -1
Color: +3
Sharpness: -1
Noise reduction: -4
Grain Effect: Weak
CC Effect: Strong
ISO: Auto
Exp. Compensation: +â…“

This recipe is licensed: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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