Want that Natura Effect?


So, do you like that low light shooting with nice glowing exposures? If like me you don’t have the Fuji Natura Classica, there is a way to get this look, so long as your camera has auto-exposure like the LC-A+ for instance.

I’ve been thinking to get a Natura for some time, but for one reason or another it hasn’t worked out yet. However, I think I’ve found a way to get those nice night or low light exposures (hand held) with my LCA+ and also my Canon A1 Underwater. At first I was always disappointed with the fuji Superia 1600iso colour neg film, my night shots always came out too dark. So, I figured I should just trick the meter/auto-exposure by dialing down the iso by a stop or 2. In fact I found using the Fuji 1600 with the iso set on 400iso has been the best results. Mind you the shots are a bit grainy, so trying the Natura film in this way should give even better results, but I didn’t try that yet, I’ve been quite happy with the Fuji Superia 1600iso, well it is more economical too.

With the Canon A1, I taped a small strip of ND (neutral density) filter over the exposure sensor which is just near the viewfinder, 2 stop ND filter for night shots which is the same as using 1600iso but rated at 400iso. It has to be this way as the camera has dx sensing of the film speed inside the camera.

Twilight shots came out really good, with lovely deep blue sky colour :))

written by fash_on on 2010-07-10 #gear #tutorials #tipster #low-light #lca #nightshots #1600iso #auto-exposure


  1. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Wonderful idea!! I've noticed that Fuji Superia 1600 gets reciprocity failure early, like about 1/15 sec, so overexpose! I hadn't thought of this. I generally use ISO 400 for long exposure.

  2. emma_voodoo
    emma_voodoo ·

    I really enjoy the last picture. "Funnel cakes"
    its cool! and super glow-y

  3. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Great. I will try too....

  4. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    I wanna try it too on my Canon A1! fab gallery!

  5. fash_on
    fash_on ·

    This from fuji national customer care canada.....reply to my email question....."Natura and Superia although similar in qualities are not the same film rebadged. The grains in Natura are a little more fine while the colours are tone down a little from Superia. Both films are great for lowlight shooting."

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