I shoot and use RAW photos 98% of the time. But I do enjoy having in camera jpeg files that look as close to the final look I envision as well. As such, I have been playing with some custom jpeg film simulations in my Fuji X-T2, and thought I’d share one of those set-ups here with you.
*Note – All photos in this post are straight out of camera jpegs. No post processing has been used other than the in camera film simulation.*
What the heck is “Egglechrome”
When I was tinkering with this look I was very loosely trying to find a look that would give me a similar feel to the work of William Eggleston, who notoriously used the legendary Kodachrome film stock.
I wasn’t so much trying to directly emulate Kodachrome, more-so trying to find that feeling I picked up when enjoying his work. I also had in mind a bit of that 70’s and 80’s movie vibe. Scenes where you would see a crisp autumn day, slightly muted/earthy color tones with decent contrast.
I also wanted the highlights to be soft, not quite glowing, but a nice roll-off to compliment deep shadows that had a slightly velvety feel to them.
This is what I came up with
Now, before I get any hate mail, yes I realize I have my jpeg set to capture the MEDIUM size. The reason is that I only really use my jpeg files SOOC transferred to my phone for immediate sharing via Instagram Stories and such. Anything else I typically use the RAW files.
That being said, I’m enjoying this jpeg film sim enough that I MAY have to start thinking about saving the full size jpeg for final use. Ok, on to the actual settings.
Also, I don’t know why, but yes I see it… I have the “Color” setting showing twice in my “Q” menu, thus wasting a slot… sometimes I can only shrug my shoulders and tell you honestly I have no idea why it’s there twice!
The second, important part to this custom film sim setup is with an adjustment to the white balance. I leave it set to auto white balance, but have made a slight adjustment to the white balance color to help provide a bit of toning to the final jpeg.
Here is that color balance:
It’s a very slight shift but I found it pleasing to my eye. Your mileage may vary of course.
The final note about this film sim is that for some reason I find I like to shoot it between -1/3 to -2/3 dialed in on the exposure compensation. That is just a bit more moody and ominous feeling, but truthfully this part is a matter of personal taste.
Here is a sample of this preset shot with no exposure compensation applied in camera:
The color and detail are perfectly fine and you’re still getting a nice soft highlight with a bit of roll-off.
Here is a sample of this same scene, photographed seconds later, with a slight negative exposure compensation applied.
That slight adjustment gives a very different mood and feel to the photo, even though it was taken literally seconds after the first example.
As such, I’ll leave the decision of exposure compensation up to you to decide what you prefer!
If you decide to try out this jpeg setting, reach out and show me how you’re using it! I’d love to see your examples and if it’s a setup you enjoy!
Here’s a few more examples for you to check out!