Film Simulations on Nikon

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Re: Film Simulations on Nikon

David Lumsden wrote:

Fuji simulations are a deep dive into color science...at least according to Fuji. Nikon Picture Control, OTOH, offers Brightness, Contrast, and Sharpness, but the only color manipulations available are global Saturation, Hue and, to a certain degree, Clarity. Until NPC offers granular control of every aspect of every color, it cannot hope to achieve the subtle gradations of a Fuji simulation like classic chrome. Wish it could.

Yes, it's not clear what Fuji actually puts into their film simulations that are in the camera.  As far as color goes is it really anything more than saturation and hue?  I don't know.  However, the user cannot change much about the simulation.

Nikon's Picture Control Utility is pretty powerful though in the ability to manipulate the tone curve.  Nikon could make the tone curve even more powerful if they allowed you to tweak the tone curve for each of the RGB channels.  Another nice advancement would be to allow saturation adjustments on each channel as well.

One of the things I don't think photographers really put much thought into with the use of these film simulations is white balance.  They'll pick a film simulation like Classic Chrome and then use auto white balance.  Or set a while balance.

Well, film doesn't have much in the way of variable white balance.  Part of the look of film is the color balance that you get.  You won't really get the true film look of Chrome or Velvia if you modify the white balance.  Of course, that's not completely true.  A film user had the option of color filters on the lens to alter the scene white balance.  But how many film photographers can say they really did that back in the day?

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