Kodak Portra 400 – a versatile color negative film!

Today, we are going chat about a particular film stock.  Kodak Portra 400.  There is a reason Portra 400 is one of the most popular color films around today.  It’s extremely versatile.  It has fine grain and has gorgeous color!  It’s the ideal film stock for a variety of subjects: landscape, portrait, still life, travel, anything!  And it wouldn’t be a film blog post without some amazing eye candy from our super talented B&C members!

A few years ago, Kodak revamped the Portra line and combined the much loved Portra 400VC and Portra 400NC film stock into what we now have as Portra 400.  Portra 400 incorporates KODAK VISION Film Technology, the same technology used in the movie industry.  This technology is what give Portra such amazing sharpness, clarity and fine grain.   

Portra 400 has impressive latitude.  Like most color negative films, it looks very nice with a bit of overexposure.  It consistently gives warm and yummy skin tones in all kinds of light.

If you find yourself in lower light, or you just want to add a bit of contrast or punch to your image, Portra 400 handles pushing in development extremely well.  Here are some examples of the film pushed 1 stop.

Don’t want to push the film and want to shoot indoors?  It looks amazing with off camera flash as well!

This film comes in 35 mm, 120 and large format.  Grab yourself a roll here and here and get shooting! We’d love to see what you get!


Blog Contributor and Writer:  Heather Chang

Heather Chang is hobbyist photographer from the Austin, Texas area.  She uses both film and digital to capture her life and the lives of her family.  You can follow her and  see more of her work at:

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  • Joyce KangJuly 22, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonderful post Heather Lathrop Chang! It’s informative and beautiful at the same time. Gorgeous images!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Bailey WadeJuly 22, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    Images like these are what draw people into film! Gorgeous! <3ReplyCancel

  • Tina BeckettJuly 25, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Gahhh! So beautiful! Definitely one of my favorite film stocks! <3ReplyCancel