How To Add Recipes To Your Ricoh GR Camera

Captured with a Ricoh GR using the “Classic Analog” recipe in The Color Landscape Collection.

Adding recipes to your Ricoh GR, GR II or GR III camera is easy!

For Ricoh GR and GR II cameras, there are six “My Settings” presets that can be programmed into the camera with recipe parameters. There are only three My Settings on the top dial, My1, My2 and My3, but the camera can save six, and these can be assigned to the three dial options (in other words, they can be swapped in and out).

Select Menu (the middle button inside the D-Pad), and in the Key Custom Options find Edit My Settings. From there you select which (of the six) custom preset you want to create or edit. Enter the required recipe parameters and save. Then set the White Balance using the WB button at the bottom of the D-Pad. Done!

Another (perhaps more simple) option is to set the Effect using the Effect button on the side of the camera, set the White Balance using WB button on the bottom of the D-Pad, and set the Dynamic Range Compensation and Noise Reduction in the Shooting menu. Alternatively, Effect and White Balance can be set from within the Shooting menu.

For the GR III, it’s similar to the GR and GR II, but a little different. You still have six presets (called Boxes), three of which can be programmed to be accessed through U1, U2 and U3 on the top dial (sound familiar?). One difference is that you have to enter in all of the parameters first. Select Menu and within Still Image Settings select everything required for the recipe. Then select within Custom Settings (a.k.a. “C”) the “Box” you want to save it to. Saving recipes to Boxes for access through U1, U2 and U3 isn’t required, but it is helpful.

There are many other settings on your camera that aren’t found in the recipes. My recipes are simply a way to achieve various JPEG looks. You’ll have to decide for yourself how you want all of the other settings to be. I recommend reading your camera’s manual. It’s important to know the ins-and-outs of your tools. If you don’t have the paper copy of your manual, you’ll find a digital copy for the GR here, GR II here, and GR III here.

Below are a couple videos (not by me) that might be helpful to you.

For GR & GR II:

For GR III:

See also:
Ricoh GR & GR II Recipes
Ricoh GR III Recipes

Understanding the Ricoh Recipe Collections

“Vintage Teal” recipe from The Lomo Collection.
“Xpro Teal” recipe from The Street Collection.

I’ve created (as of this writing) four recipe collections that are compatible with the Ricoh GR & GR II cameras, and four recipe collections that are compatible with the Ricoh GR III. Each collection contains five recipes (plus a bonus recipe available to Patrons on the Ricoh Recipes App!). The four GR & GR II recipe Collections are Color City, Color Landscape, Lomo, and Monochrome. The four GR III recipe Collections are Nature, Road Trip, Street, and B&W.

If a recipe is in, for example, The Street Collection, it means that, in my opinion, it is a good option for street photography. But just because a recipe is in a certain collection, doesn’t mean that it can’t be used for other genres of photography. There is a recipe in The Street Collection called Royal Supra that might be a good option for landscape photography. In The Nature Collection is a recipe called Analog Film that might be a good option for street photography.

The collections are intended to make it easier to find the “right” recipes for the “right” situations, but they’re not intended to be stereotyped. Feel free to try a recipe in The Lomo Collection for street photography, or a recipe in The Road Trip Collection for landscapes. Don’t be afraid to mix it up.

For each camera there are 20 (as of this writing) compatible recipes (plus four bonus recipes on the app). The Ricoh GR and Ricoh GR II share the same Collections because those two cameras are so similar. The GR II does have a few Effects that the GR doesn’t, but I don’t (yet) have any recipes that take advantage those new Effects. The GR III is significantly different, so it has its own recipes.

What Are JPEG Recipes? Why Should I Use Them?

Captured with a Ricoh GR III using the “Royal Supra” recipe in The Street Collection.

Welcome to Ritchie’s Ricoh Recipes! I’m Ritchie Roesch, the creator of this website and all of the recipes here.

The number one question that I expect to receive is: What are JPEG recipes? Recipes are camera settings that allow you to achieve various looks straight-out-of-camera without the need for post-processing. You dial in the specific settings into your Ricoh GR camera, and you get a certain aesthetic from your pictures. It’s kind of like loading film into an analog camera (such as the original GR film camera), except you get all of the convenience of digital. Think of each recipe as a different film canister, except that you can capture as many or as few frames as you’d like before changing the “film” and you don’t have to wait for it to come back from the lab before seeing the results.

Can I still edit the SOOC JPEGs? Yes, of course, if you want to you can, but you certainly don’t have to. The idea is that the pictures produced by the camera are finished images, and editing is unnecessary; however, there’s no right or wrong way to do things, and if you want to edit you can. You might find that you like the pictures unedited, or that it’s 90% of the way there and just a little tweaking is needed to get it the rest of the way. Find what works for you, whether it is unedited or edited, and do that.

If I shoot with a recipe, can I still use the RAW files? Yes, but the RAW editing software won’t apply all of the JPEG settings, so if you are trying to recreate the look in-software it will take some work. Each program is a little different, but you will not get the same results with software as the camera-made JPEGs. However, it’s a good idea to shoot RAW+JPEG, just in case you don’t like how the JPEG turned out. You can edit the RAW file in the software of your choice, or (my preferred option) you can reprocess the RAW file in-camera using a different recipe.

Why should I use these recipes? There are three main benefits to using recipes with your Ricoh GR camera. First, it can save you a whole bunch of time, as you no longer need to sit in front of a computer editing pictures. You can increase your productivity (it frees up time to capture even more pictures) and/or improve your home life (spend more time with family/friends or reading books, etc.). Using recipes will be a game-changer for some of you—it certainly has been for me. Second, it can be more fun. It harkens back to the film era, except with the convenience of digital. Third, it opens up photography for people who don’t have access to or who don’t have the desire to learn Lightroom or other programs. Editing isn’t for everyone, and shouldn’t be a prerequisite to creating great photographs.

You might be surprised to learn that Ansel Adams was a fan of instant film photography, which he called “revolutionary.” One of his famous pictures was captured with a Polaroid camera. In his book Polaroid Land Camera, Adams talked at length of the “one-step process” of instant film photography. By removing the darkroom requirement, Polaroid opened up photography to so many more people, and had an “effect on creative photography” by those who “revel in the advantages” of it. In a similar way, recipes remove the Lightroom requirement, which makes photography more accessible, and is a creative avenue for those who wish to explore the advantages of it.

Are these recipes compatible with all Ricoh GR cameras? My Ricoh recipes are compatible with the GR, GR II, and GR III cameras. GR and GR II recipes are not compatible with GR III cameras and GR III recipes are not compatible with GR and GR II cameras. These recipes are not compatible with “GR Digital” (a.k.a. “GRD”) cameras, as far as I am aware. If you have a Ricoh GR, GR II or GR III, there are many recipes on this website that I created which you can use on your camera.

See also:
Ricoh GR & GR II Recipes
Ricoh GR III Recipes