fujifilm's acros simulation in the real world
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Fujifilm’s ACROS Simulation In The Real World

I have 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 and composition.  Shooting in black and white when travelling helps you push your own creative boundaries that little bit further.  We all know Fujifilm’s film simulations are awesome but ACROS is on another level.  It is legendary.  Now is the time for me to show you the use of Fujifilm’s ACROS simulation in the real world.

Acros at a Wedding

So, first things first, if you want to get into the full details behind Fujifilm’s ACROS simulation, there’s a good blog post here.  Secondly, the ACROS settings I’ve been using almost religiously are:

  1.  Acros Red – JPEG Settings – Slightly different to as recorded on my main post.
    • DR Auto
    • FS Acros Red
    • Grain Off
    • WB Auto
    • Highlight -1
    • Shadow +2
    • Sharpness +2
    • Noise Reduction -4

For those using Lightroom and shooting RAW, I’ve tried to replicate it for you:

    • Contrast +10
    • Highlights +48
    • Shadows -10
    • Blacks -10
    • Clarity +35
    • Slight S Curve
    • Sharpening 65, Detail 10, Masking 30

2.  Acros Punch – JPEG Settings – I have Fujixweekly to thank for this one!

    • DR 200
    • FS Acros Yellow
    • Grain Off
    • WB Auto
    • Highlight +3
    • Shadows +4
    • Sharpness +2
    • Noise Reduction -4

For those using Lightroom and shooting RAW, try this which I’ve tried to match to the above:

    • Contrast +25
    • Highlights +40
    • Shadows -67
    • Blacks -50
    • Clarity +35
    • Slight S Curve
    • Sharpening 65, Detail 10, Masking 30

I made a decision recently to move back towards shooting RAW + JPEG on occasions such as weddings.  I probably will do so on my travels too with JPEGS mainly coming from day to day shooting.  The main reason behind this (and I’ll elaborate one day in a separate blog post) is that, on the X-T2 at least, -4 Noise Reduction just isn’t low enough.  The camera is still doing something to trying to reduce noise and the JPEGs seem softer and waxier than the RAWs.

So, you’ve all come here for the same reason, to see Fujifilm’s ACROS simulation in the real world.  The lenses I’ve been using recently and shown below are the 16mm f/1.4 (a new addition = incredible) 23mm f/2, 35mm f/2 (read my thoughts on this lens here)and the 56mm f/1.2.  Let’s do this.

John Floreani at Slam Dunk 2019

Bali Alley in Acros

York Train Station in Acros

Wedding in Acros

Seaham Hall in Acros

Wedding in Acros

Wedding in Acros

Lumiere Durham 2019

UK with the Fujifilm 35mm f/2

Street in Acros

UK with the Fujifilm 35mm f/2

View from the top of the central tower at Durham Cathedral

Silverstone in Fujifilm Acros

wallaman falls

Burgers at The Dispensary, Newcastle Upon Tyne

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