Fujifilm Astia is a great film simulation for Autumn

Every year I seem to get hooked on trying to photograph autumnal trees. It’s a compulsion more than anything and I doubt that I’m alone. The problem is, Fujifilm’s PRO Neg Std, which has recently become my favourite film profile to use, actually looks a bit lacklustre in the orange and yellow tones of Autumn.


Classic Chrome leaves the vivid colours looking murky and Velvia is always just a bit too much for my liking. PRO Neg Hi is a good option for general landscape photography, but it can quickly become clinical – especially with hard autumn light.


Enter Astia. Fujifilm’s forgotten film simulation. I personally really like it and I’ve gone as far as to replace Classic Chrome with it on my X100V.

Leigh Woods near Bristol with autumnal colours photographed with Fujifilm Astia

With a free afternoon I was able to spend a good chunk of time hunting for beautiful light in Leigh Woods and the autumnal trees.


A quick Google brings this post up that celebrates how versatile Astia is and I’m inclined to agree. On a spectrum of Classic Chrome on one end delivering that desaturated/soft colour filmesque look, and PRO Neg Hi on the other end giving a crisp, harder contrast, Astia seems to sit happily in the middle providing a bit of both.

Portishead to Bristol train line with autumnal colours photographed with Fujifilm Astia

Fujifilm’s Astia gives a punch of colour and contrast but seems to keep the shadows soft and delicate. Add a kick to the Whites in Lightroom and you have a really attractive colour profile.


I struggled to come away with a decent image for my Along The Way documentary project but that’s just the way it is sometimes. It was nice to have a good walk and the afternoon got me thinking more about how my workflow has become a bit stagnant. Adding a different film simulation is always a good way to mix things up. All of these images were shot with the X-Pro2 and the Fuji XF 16-80mm F4.