One of the most asked question from all, is probably 'which are the best Sony picture profile settings for portraits?'
And since the answer is quite subjective depending on your personal style, I made a list for multiple moods, standard beauty picture profiles for Sony, moody film simulations and black & white film simulations for portraits.
These are the Sony picture profiles which will render the most pleasing skin tones from the bunch straight out of camera, without the need of editing or post-processing. Only straight out of camera JPEGs.
Beauty Portraits - Picture Profiles for Sony cameras
Senova Light - Ethereal Sony film simulation
Out of this world beauty, soft film like contrast and warm vintage colors, this Sony picture profile will add a touch of nostalgia to your images. Senova Light is the film simulation everybody should try out for their portraits.
Kodak Portra 800
Ultra-high dynamic range and buttery soft contrast with candy popping saturation, this Sony film simulation is the
Everybody loves the golden tones of Kodak colors. Kodak Gold is a classic and simply a one time favorite for many users.
Sony Eterna - Low Fidelity
Sony Classic Chrome
A classic for both Sony and Fujifilm lovers.
Kodak Portra 400
Another Film Simulation specific only to Sony cameras, Cinechrome has a unique way of focusing on deep blues and bright orange skin tones.
Kodak Portra 160
Rose Spectra XT
Specifically designed for portraits, Rose Spectra XT film simulation will give you subtle and beautiful pink skin tonalities. Perfect for people that want fairly accurate skin tones and toned down saturation.
A sunny & bright Sony picture profile, meant to replicate the look from some of my favorite 90's movies.
Kodak Color Plus
More subtle than Kodak Gold, this is a great variation for ones that prefer more accurate skin tones while keeping some warmth to the image.
Moody Portraits - Picture Profiles for Sony cameras
One of my favorites, probably the film simulation that suffered the least amount of modifications over time, which only proves further what an amazing Sony picture profile it is.
Sony Classic Negative
The new addition to the Sony film simulation family, and it's one of a kind.
Faded and warm colors, a hidden gem for the ones that want a picture profile with a unique faded character.
Zetra 100 has a specific beauty which is hard to replicate even in Lightroom. Took me forever to match the presets with the JPEG. Enjoy!
Orange skin tonalities complimented a deep blue cast and overall deep colors. It's a film simulation that is characterized by simplicity while enveloped in slight mysterious beauty. Definitely one of my favorites, and not only for portraits.
One of the new selections in the film simulation family, gaining tremendous popularity due to its ultra soft tonalities and gorgeous colors.
Black & White Picture Profiles for Sony
Delta 3200 - Soft and faded film simulation
Kosmo Pan - Muted and surreal film simulation
NeoMax - Bright and Dreamy film simulation
Ilford HP5 - Well balanced & Soft contrast film simulation
Hope this short list helps you decide on which is the best film simulation for your Sony camera