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What I Am Working On: Creating A Look

Photographers often are particularly opinionated about the camera brand they use. When my Canon 50D started to go, I was in the market to replace it and was looking at the Canon 80D and a comparable Fuji model. My ultimate choice was the 80D because it felt familiar and also because my lenses fit that body.

I’m happy with my 80D. One of the things l like most about it over the 50D is that it weighs less. I still think about the Fuji though and specifically one of the selling points, their film simulation modes. An overview of what film simulations are is here, but basically, you to take a photo and it gets processed in-camera to a specific film style. I really like the looks Fuji have created.

So what’s a gal with a Canon to do? Well, I did two things. One was to find some Luminar Looks that I could add to my Luminar editing software that would allow me to create the look I wanted in the post-processing phase. I wrote about it a bit in this post from last week, but also I should add that I found those looks here.

But then there was a second thing I created, and that was my own custom shooting modes that I programmed into my Canon. I began by experimenting with what Canon calls picture styles. Those are basically just different combinations of settings that will give you different looks. I found a stash of ready-made ones here. From those I picked two that were close to the two Fuji styles I was interested in imitating, Classic Chome and ACROS +Yellow. With those two that were similar, I took a bunch of photos and continued to fiddle with the settings. Once I was happy with my two new modes of shooting I saved each as a custom shooting mode, details of how to do that are here. This process took several hours once you factor in the research and the experimentation.

Then it was time to take my new Fuji inspired settings for a test run in my Canon. On my Classic Chrome setting, I took this shot:

ISO 320 f/9 1/500sec 0.3ev 44mm

And then with a few edits in Luminar:

ISO 320 f/9 1/500sec 0.3ev 44mm

My ACROS +Yellow attempt is this one:

ISO 800 f/5.6 1/640sec 55mm

I’m happy with these results. I do realise that they are not exact replicas of the Fuji Film Simulation modes, but to be honest, even if I had that camera I would probably still fiddle with the settings and come up with something similar but not exactly what the camera was offering. Your comments or questions about my methods or results are welcome below.


Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Inspiration.

PS-Did you spot the Bald Eagle?



29 thoughts on “What I Am Working On: Creating A Look

  1. Hi Amy, Glad you’re having fun with film sims on your new camera. If you like that, I think there’s a Fuji in your future.😉
    I had a hard time giving up my Nikons but never looked back after I got the Fujifilm XT-2.
    I’m especially drawn to your monochrome image in this set. Happy shooting!

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  2. Good for you for experimenting with the “looks” Amy. I use Fuji and have never tried their looks but L/R includes them in their software which I like because it’s easier to “play” out of camera IMHO. Lovely images.


  3. Interesting. I have two Canon camera bodies and two Canon lenses and one 200-600 Sigma lens. I do all my editing on Lightroom. But my photos are not artistic creations usually horses where I just want the horse and rider to look their best. Your photos have atmosphere to them and I always like that.


    • Thanks very much. I agree that for the kind of photos you are taking, you are really looking for a more “as seen” final result, so something like this is just a different way of expressing something. What I really think is a strength of your images, is your ability to catch a story in them. I suspect that is a result of both practice and deep knowledge of your subject.

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  4. You’ve got me inspired to check out the Picture Styles in my Canon (EOS RP), which has many settings I haven’t used & I’ve had it for a bit over a year. I like your edits – is Classic Chrome trying to mimic old school film that has aged? Very cool. (I think I see the eagle in the tree)


  5. Interesting experiments, Amy. I bought a Fuji, but haven’t experimented much with the film simulations in camera. I use them sometimes in post processing, though. Both these images give me a sense of peacefulness and tranquility. Lovely.


  6. Hello Amy,
    That’s a lovely choice! 👍🏻
    I love the Fuji and have recently upgraded to the X-T4. Classic Chrome is a favourite, I love the way the camera invites to challenge your creativity. I still have my Nikon gear, but I think it’s time to part with the dust collectors now.
    I had to go back and look for the eagle 🦅😉


    • Yes, I’m not surprised you love the Fuji, when I was doing my research it seemed like it was a really versatile camera. It allows the photographer to set everything or use presets and can switch between those things fairly easily. Also, it was pretty lightweight. I fully expect that if I had switched my Canon lenses would now be collecting dust!


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