15 Mar The ISO-less Power of the X-Series | A Monochrome Film-Look straight out of Camera

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When I studied photography back in the early to mid 2000s for real quality prints you still had to rely on an analogue workflow. Yet you already could see that the golden age of film photography was slowly coming to an end. In the creepy basement of our university we had this dark room which I frequented on a couple of weekends and holidays to process some black-and-white prints. Besides the magical moment when the developer revealed the final image I sincerely hated everything else in there. The depressing red light, the smell and handling of the chemicals and my overall lack of technical capabilities were pretty demoralizing. To this day I cherish the possibility to sit in a cosy environment while developing my final images with a few clicks on the computer. That being said, I still value the principle of getting things right in camera and the resulting look of images taken on film. Given its relative young age of about fifteen years since it’s been used on a broad scale digital photography already made a huge, not always beneficial, impact on how we expect to see a world based on images. Once in a while I flip through amazing books with film-based photographs and I’m always baffled to see what masterly results can be achieved under challenging conditions with limited tools. For todays so-called “standards” some of those photographs would be considered imperfect or even commercially unusable. Then again, in our days of countless film simulations and artificial grain, it will be interesting to see if digital photography will ever be able to fully overcome the distinctive characteristics of chemical based photography.

I’d always liked film-based black-and-white prints with grain and high contrasts. If you’re a happy owner of the X-Pro2 or a soon-to-be owner of the X-T2, from what I’ve read, Fujifilm offers you a new film simulation named ACROS that pretty much gives you this look right out of the box. Of cause you can try to achieve this look with various more or less time-consuming efforts in post-production. As for my part, neither my “older” X-Series cameras can process files in ACROS nor do I love heavy post-production on any of my photojournalistic images. So for me the goal is to get this thing as right as possible in camera….

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