You don’t really have to choose just one, but keep in mind this quick tip on when to shoot with them for best results
Curious about whether Fuji PRO 400H or Kodak Portra 400 is the best choice? What if we were to tell you that you can just choose both? The two films remain among the top choices for 400 ISO films, and each has its own character or look that you’d want to take advantage of for your next shoot. In a quick review, Aidan Moneyhon tells us why we should keep some of both in our film stash and just know when to shoot with each emulsion.
We know what you’re thinking — it’s a no brainer that Kodak Portra 400 is one of the best and most popular for portraits. However, the Fuji Pro 400H, is also a favorite of the pros for its accurate color renditions for portraits and fashion photography. Aidan tells us what he thinks about both films in the video below.
In a nutshell, both films will give you great results, but it depends on the look you’re after. If you’re curious enough to want to try out both films and see if you lean towards the look of one over the other, you should definitely do so. In fact, Aidan personally believes that one of the main joys of shooting film is playing around with different film stock. He also likens choosing a film to shoot with to doing pre-editing — you choose a film based on the look that it creates. It’s the same with these films.
Aidan has found that Kodak Portra 400 is best for shooting scenes with lots of browns, yellows, and reds, while the Fuji Pro 400H is best for bringing out the blues and greens of a scene. So in essence, the former is best for warm tones and skin tones, while the latter is best for cool tones. So, it all depends on what you want to bring out in your photos! Aidan mentions that the two are his go-to films — but more Kodak Portra 400 most of the time, which is not at all surprising given its soft, airy look is very popular these days.
Check out Aidan Moneyhon’s YouTube Channel for more of his photography reviews and tutorials.
Screenshot taken from the video