Fuji 160C - A modern film released in 2005 which is optimised for digital scanning (improved workflow for photographers that work in both digital and film). It boasts high contrast and vivid colour- "perfect for a wide range of applications from portraiture and architecture to commercial work "
Fuji 160 is my go-to VSCO Film preset for 'light and bright' daytime scenes, particularly if there are blues, greys, and orange tones- which really pop with this present. Fuji160 by VSCO does several things to images as far as I've noticed: reds shift towards orange, and oranges become more saturated;There is a green- teal cast on midtones, and a steel blue cast on shadows; highlights to midtones are desaturated and low contrast , midtones to shadows are saturated and have a higher contrast.
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standard import (left), Fuji 160C (right)
Standard import (top left), Fuji 160C (top right) Portra 160 (bottom left) Fuji 400H (bottom right)
Fuji 400H is a professional film that is developed for portraiture, travel photography, and weddings- with high speed for lower light levels. It gives skin tones a smooth, natural look.
VSCO Fuji400H preset does give beautiful skin tones- it applies a 'portrait flatten' effect, lowering highlight and upping the shadows. Skin has a creamy toned, velvety appearance. Mid tones and shadows take on a lush greenish teal cast- which is beautiful when there are a lot of greys and greens in the background (giving some outdoor portraiture images a lush,woodland feel).
top left: standard import, top right: fuji 400H, bottom left: Fuji800Z, bottom right: Kodak Portra 160
Standard import (top left), fuji160C (top right), Fuji 400H (bottom left), Kodak Portra 160C (bottom right)
standard import (top left), fuji160 (top right), fuji400 (bottom left), fuji800 (bottom right)
Kodak TMax 3200
TMAx 3200 is a super fast film that was great for dimly lit environments, and has been discontinued in 2012.
" Despite what the name suggests, P3200 isn’t an ISO 3200 film, but rather an ISO 800-1000 film that’s designed to be push processed to 3200 or higher. Thus, pushing T-MAX 400 as an alternative isn’t a ridiculous suggestion." Michael Zhang/ Petapixel
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- Professional-quality, very-high-speed, daylight-type, fine-grain, high-contrast color negative film.
- Suited especially to portrait, wedding and fashion photography.
- Provides vibrant colors with high fidelity, smooth textures, excellent grays, wide exposure latitude and single-channel suitability for uniform printing efficiency.
- fine to medium grain and a more matte, softer look that probably lends itself well to portraits.
- Colour shifts: Like the Fuji 160C, there is a shift from reds to tangerine orange and an increase in vividness of orange tones. There is a forest green tinge to the shadows and all dark greys become a muted dark green.
Standard import (top left), Fuji 160C (top right), Fuji 800Z (bottom left), Kodak Portra 160
Kodak Portra 160
Kodak portra is available in 160, 400, 800 ISO. It is a family of professional films made mainly for portraits and weddings.
Kodak says: "The new PORTRA 160 features a significantly finer grain structure for improved scanning and enlargement capability in today’s workflow. Choose PORTRA 160 to deliver exceptionally smooth and natural skin tone reproduction, the hallmark of the KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA Film Family. It's the ideal choice for portrait, fashion and commercial photography — whether in the studio or on location. "
Standard (top left) Fuji 160C (top right) Kodak Portra 160 (bottom left) Kodak Portra 800 (bottom right)
Kodak Portra 400
PLUS PLUS + + versions
I think my favourite ++ in Film 01 is the Portra 800++ . It has a faded but high contrast gritty street look, with teal in the shadows. The others haven't really stood out for me in any of the images I've used them on- but I'm sure that will change when I figure out what works with what.
Portra 400 ++
Portra 800 ++