I admit I had not thought Astia (the real film Astia, not the film simulation) worth a study. I believed that having kind of copied the look of the film simulation there was no reason to explore the look of the film. Just recently I made a study of Agfa CT Precisa film (not published here yet) and when I was checking the outcome of that study I happened to stumble to a decent reference of Astia film. I thought, why not give it a go right away.
The Astia Film simulation was quite boring, though nice looking. It didn’t have any character, at least to my eye. It kind of flattened skin tones to a pleasant look that was an easy choice among the film simulations if one needed to photograph peoples’ faces and get vibrant colors at the same time. But the difference here, at least gone through my process of making these film emulations, is obvious. This film seems to have a character. It is subdued, and quite yellow in the green range. The blue colors are very shifted and add to the film look. It’s skin tones are probably not clinically “right”, but they are so true looking that it manages to amaze me how beautiful a “realistic” look of skin tones can be. As this style doesn’t flatten out the skin tones, you can count all the pimples and wrinkles of the subject. That is a side effect of these realistic skin tones and could be good or bad depending what you are aiming for.
This style surely is best at people photography and it certainly isn’t suitable for genres like landscapes where the colors of this style is lacking. With digital processing I could make the greens or blues different, and I think this style will get a new version later with more bold and less yellow greens and maybe tuned blues, but I wanted to make this version as faithful to the film as I could.
I included color shifts I could detect from the film. I also included a tiny bit of grain, which goes with the fact that this film was very fine grained. I tamed the highlights a bit from the reference, though.
|Phase||Beta version (I certainly will find something to fine tune here and there)|
|Colorscape or what I tried to emulate||Fujifilm Astia 100F slide film|
|Author’s notes||Very film-like look that gives good skin tones and overall an interesting character. Being first iteration it might find some changes in the future and this really is interesting base for other styles.|
|Best used for (genre of photography)||Experimental, lifestyle, urban and portraits.|