The most striking feature of a film noir movie is the dramatic, sleek look that can be shot in black and white photography. One such element is the nature of the photography itself, which is often very dramatic and stylish.
Noir is a moody B&W classic and popular style back in the 40s to 50s eras. It is also very typical of the French style during that time. Because many people have a distorted view of French culture, it is often associated with elegant or glamorous things that cannot be true.
When we create Noir photography images, the correct camera settings will determine the final results including good lighting and dramatic shadows. However, to achieve the Noir black and white photography on Fujifilm, I have been experimenting with portrait photoshoots.
To create this style of photography in the Fuji X-T4 or any X-Trans IV cameras including X-T30 II, X-S10 & X-Pro3, I have been shooting JPEG mode all the way. I have never found or seen anyone shooting black and white photography with a diffusion filter attached but I’m sure there are.
Shooting Noir photography with this black and white portrait Fujifilm recipe can be challenging especially to get good lighting and shadow. I have no choice but to shoot on a cloudy day with no sunlight during my morning photoshoot but it still gives good natural light.
During the photoshoot session, I was capturing a portrait of Shirley wearing a black dress that suits the Noir theme. This is the shot I was looking for and it turned out great with this black and white reflection from the subject and mirror.
The process I use to create a black and white photo is really simple but not everyone may want to do this or are able to do it. I myself was actually finding it quite difficult to achieve a good black & white portrait while shooting straight out of the camera JPEG.
I tried different things from shooting at a different angle and trying to get my subject to do some portrait poses for the moody B&W style. Sometimes we have to keep experimenting with the light and shadow to get it right in order to create stunning portraits in black & white.
Noir Bloom Fujifilm Recipe Custom Setting
What is Noir Bloom all about?
This film recipe was created after I got inspired by one of my favorite street fashion portrait recipes, the Downtown Bloom. This is an interesting concept, trial and error in visual storytelling using black & white photography.
I have always had a fascination with lighting in nature and the contrast that can be achieved with minimal lighting. Shooting on a cloudy day is one of my biggest challenges while creating this recipe. You can check out my outdoor portrait photoshoot guide to find out more.
It was my first black and white portrait shot using the Moment Cinebloom with 20% diffusion density. I love the diffused light during the day to achieve dreamy and truly moody black & white photography.
I was shooting with my favorite XF35mm F2 with Aperture priority combined with exposure compensation. I changed the aperture depending on what light source and angle of the subject.
The film simulation base used for this recipe is the Acros+G filter, great for portraits according to Fujifilm recommendation and also one of the best portrait film simulations. This recipe might and might not work like this depending on the lighting environment, and also do check out all the Fujifilm recipes you might find one that you will like.
Grain is turned off for this recipe but you can turn it on if you like grain for a more filmy look. If you are looking for a B&W photography film simulation recipe, check the Dark Matter recipe I’ve created for street photography.
I don’t restrict this recipe only to portraits, but it definitely can be used for streets and landscapes.