Several months ago I did a review with quite a few examples of the C1ick Match Kodak and Fuji film profiles. You can read that review HERE. I was amazed by the quality of product that was released back then but thankfully, Dustin is not the kind of person to sit back and relax after letting his first publicly available film profiles into the wild. The time and effort he has put into this update will be apparent the moment you see the options that are about to be released.
The first and most noticeable change is the increased number of profile options. Rather than having a Frontier and Noritsu version of each film stock you will now have exposure levels to choose from as well. During the scanning process with the first version of the profiles we realized that there was a very noticeable difference in the look of film based on its level of overexposure. One of the most notable differences was with Portra 400. When Portra 400 is overexposed by 2 stops it results in a very different look than when it is overexposed by one stop. This is especially apparent with shadow tones becoming much more blue at 2 stops overexposed than at 1 stop overexposed. You can see that in the following example with the cooler tone in Christine’s hair on the 2 stops overexposed version.Having these exposure options for each film will make a big difference for anyone who is trying to match film scans but it’s also great for people that are hoping to dial in a really specific look.
With these new exposure options for each current film stock we also get a slightly more complicated naming structure. Instead of the previous “Kodak Portra 160 | Frontier” you’ll see “Kodak Portra 160 | Frontier | Normal | EXP +1”. It’s easiest to follow if you break it down like this…
Film Stock | Scanner | Processing (Normal or Pushed) | Exposure Level
With the significant increase in options I highly recommend that people add the profiles they use the most to their favorites by clicking on the star to the right of the profile name in the menu. The other thing I know people have been doing is creating presets using the profiles. Either way will definitely save you a lot of time once you know what profiles you prefer.
Another significant addition to the profiles is the option to use “HT” versions of the Frontier scanner profiles. The Fuji Frontier scanner has an option called Hyper-Tone. It is a software based masking setting that saves highlights and shadows in high contrast images. As far as I know, this is the first time a Hyper-Tone option has been offered in a profile or preset. Some photographers really appreciate this look because of the softer highlights and shadows and it will be perfect for those times when you want to save a little extra highlight detail in difficult or high contrast situations. The following image does a great job of showing how the “HT” version of Portra 400 overexposed 2 stops looks compared to the normal version of Portra 400 overexposed 2 stops.
One of the exciting things about the new versions of the C1ick Match profiles isn’t what’s obvious in the examples I’ve already shown but is happening behind the scenes. All of the films were reshot in a more controlled environment so the differences we see between the profiles are the truest differences between the actual film with as little external influence as possible. I don’t know all of the details behind the process but I can share what I’ve seen with the new Ektar profile. When I used the previous version of Ektar I had to do significant color balance and tint adjustments compared to the Portra profiles. I’m sure anyone who tried the previous version of Ektar noticed the same thing. I have seen that my starting point with the new Ektar profile is much closer to the Portra profiles which saves me time when editing. I also want to add that the new Ektar profile is pretty darn incredible so don’t shy away from it if you like contrast.
It’s an understatement to say that I’m excited for some of the amazing photographers who are using these profiles to get this update. In my opinion, it is an improvement in just about every single way. While it might be a little bit overwhelming at first to have so many more options, the increased options will help photographers fine tune their look even more precisely and will help those who are trying to match film get even closer matches.
Here are a few images that show the subtle differences between the profiles with different levels of overexposure.
Thanks so much for reading!
Fujifilm 400H | Frontier | Normal
Kodak Portra 160 | Noritsu | Normal Kodak Portra 160 | Noritsu | Pushed +1 Kodak Ektar | Frontier | Pushed +1 Kodak Portra 400 | Frontier | Normal Fujifilm 400H | Noritsu | Pushed +2 Kodak Portra 800 | Frontier | NormalKodak Ektar | Noritsu | Pushed +2
If you’re interested in these profiles and would like to see more from them I definitely recommend joining the C1ick Match Community Facebook Group. It’s one of the most inviting and helpful FB groups I’ve ever been in!