| danbaileyphotoPeople love shooting the Fuji X cameras, largely because the images have a certain “look” to them. This is due to the Film Simulations that the Fuji engineers carefully modeled into the image processing software. These are taken from some of Fuji’s most celebrated film stocks from the past 80 years and they include films like Provia, Veliva, and Astia, as well as a handful of color negative and black and white choices. Whenever you’re shooting in JPEG mode, you select one of these film sims. The color palette of that particular film are embedded in your final image. Essentially, it’s like using film again. You choose a desired look based on your style lighting conditions and subject matter and go for it, and since the Fuji JPEGS are so good, it saves time from having to shoot everything in RAW and then process later. Having shot many of these original films, I can attest, they look great. Under most conditions, the JPEGS are more than adequate and perfectly fine for general use, and even a variety of professional applications. However, what about when the light is tricky or when you simply want more control? Up until now, if you shot RAW, you’d lose the look of the Fuji film sims, and believe me, it’s next to impossible to perfectly recreate them yourself…….
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Now that Lightroom has added colour profiles for Fuji’s x-series of cameras, you may want to use them regularly in your processing. Rather than having to go down to the calibration menu each time and find the profile in the list (which can be quite long if you have VSCO installed) I’ve created a set of presets for each of the main profiles. This way you just have to click on the relevant preset. To take it a step further I’ve added a few variations of each one for common tasks, again to help speed up ones workflow. The four variations are:
- Base: Just the profile applied
- Sharp: With added sharpening from my Fuji sharpening presets.
- Sharp CA: With sharpening and Chromatic Aberration reduction turned on.
- Sharp DRE: With all of the above, and some highlight and shadow manipulation as well as some tweaking of the tone curve and clarity for a little extra oomph.
I’ve just created versions for the colour looks. I haven’t done the black and white ones, because personally, I have better ways to make black and white images. These are just workflow tools to help you get started, they’re not meant as magical fixes for your images…….
My good friend and talented photographer Gary Tyson from F8 Photography in Hong Kong has recently put together a very helpful video on how to convert Fujifilm X-T1 RAW files into black & white with Lightroom 5.4 and Silver Efex Pro 2. If you are unfamiliar with post-processing your street photography into black & white, the instructions is a great starting point for any camera. You can also download my black & white Neopan 1600 for Lightroom here. You can download all my Lightroom presets for free here…….
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While I was wrong that there would be a major upgrade to Lightroom this week, I was right in my suspicions that something was coming. It turns out that not only did Adobe release an upgrade to the desktop version, but they also released “Lightroom Mobile”, an iPad based companion app that uses smart previews and Adobe’s cloud services to sync selected collections and perform ratings and edits on your iPad which sync back to your main Library. This was demoed a while ago, and it’s good to see it released. It’s first thing in the morning here in Ireland, so I’m still gathering all the news about this, (and downloading it as we speak!). I’ll be trying it myself later today, but for now, here’s a selection of some of the coverage of this:
- First look at Lightroom Mobile from Macworld
- Intro and demo video from Adobe
- First Look and demo video from Terry White
Lightroom Mobile is now available on the App Store. You need Lightroom 5.4 to power the synchronisation. It’s not available in the “check for updates” link inside Lightroom yet, but you can download it manually from Adobe. This release also adds support for the Fuji XT–1 and the Fuji colour profiles that were in the Camera Raw beta…..
This is a service release providing support for a large number of new cameras, lenses, improvements and bug fixes. We are currently testing this release; we do not recommend upgrading into a critical workflow until our testing with this release is complete. Read on for more details about the update, or visit our Download Archive to get it.
Improvements and bug fixes
- Enhanced color profiles for Phase One IQ250, Olympus E-M10 and Fujifilm X-E2.
- Fixed an OpenCL related issue on the new Mac Pro with D300 and D500 graphics cards.
- Fixed a number of live view issues on Mac and Windows.
- Stitch AppleScript now supports the latest version of Photoshop.
- Fixed an issue with Regenerate Previews on Mac.
- Fixed an issue with Delete Permanently in sessions on Mac.
- Fixed a couple of issues related to style management on Mac.
- Fixed an issue occurring when shooting tethered to EIP on Windows.
- Fixed an issue preventing renaming of files referenced by a UNC path on Windows.
- Improved robustness of catalogs on Mac.
Camera File Support
- Fujifilm X-T1, XQ1 and X-A1
- Nikon D4s
- Olympus E-M10
- Pentax K-3
- Sony A390, a3000 and NEX-5T
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This is the long awaited final (for now) part of my series on Processing X-Trans files. In my ongoing quest to get the best from Fuji’s raw files, I’ve previously discussed the issue with Lightroom’s processing, some alternative ways of developing raw files using Iridient Developer and Photo Ninja. I’ve also offered some Lightroom sharpening presets that help mitigate the demosaicing issues a bit. Many of the comments I’ve received have been wondering if there’s a way to get close to the output of Iridient Developer or Photo Ninja using a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. Surprisingly, the answer is almost. I’ve been working on this for a while now and I believe that by combining Lightroom and a little bit of Photoshop you can get close. The advantage of this is that you can get clean and organic looking results without having to learn a new piece of software, and by using the droplet as a plug-in approach I blogged about last week, you don’t even have to leave Lightroom…..
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Thanks to Piet Van den Eynde for showing me this cool (free) Lightroom pluginwhich helps photographers analyse their photo library. Run the plugin and you can see, in graphical form, the lenses you most commonly use, the cameras you rely on, and some of your most common moves both with in camera controls and Lightroom development settings. Unfortunately, I had trouble getting the plugin to work when analysing my whole library or even some whole year folders within the library. It seemed to stall on requests above 10,000 images. But, I was able to get some interesting results, or at least some confirmation of my habits, when running the plugin on smaller sets of photos…..
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In 2013 I wrote an in-depth article about post-processing the Fuji X100s colours with Adobe Lightroom and many other software programs. One of the most interesting benefits when working with Fuji X-Trans cameras is their unique colour palette rendering. The colours look different, less digital than any other camera. But to completely enjoy them, you need to rely on the OOC JPGs. If you want to work with the raw files and not lose these colours, you have to find a software that can match them as closely as possible. Unfortunately, Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw were the last on the list regarding colour accuracy. Personally, I’ve really been looking forward to this update. I always use Lightroom not only because I find it very versatile and fast but also because I have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, so the software is already included. Why spend money on another one? A few days ago, Adobe released a candidate version of the next Camera Raw update. Candidate means that the update is not the final version that will be officially released to the public. It has already been tested but Adobe has made it available to the public for further feedback. This new 8.4 version includes all the film simulation modes (picture profiles) that we can find on Fuji X cameras. They have been developed by Adobe with Fujifilm supervision. The first time I heard about it was during the X-T1 presentation but it was confidential information at the time. Now, it’s finally live…….
There’s been a lot of talk about the Fuji X cameras JPEG engine and the nice colors you get straight out of the camera. It’s hard to recreate these colors when processing the raw files yourself. So a lot of people say they prefer the out of camera JPEG’s and don’t use raw. Especially there’s been criticism and complaints about the Adobe Lightroom/Adobe Camera raw engine. Well it seems like Fujifilm and Adobe has gotten their act together and come up with a solution , at least when it comes to the getting the right colors, and recreating in Lightroom/ACR the look the camera make for its JPEGS. Take a look at these shots below. They are JPEG created in Adobe Camera Raw using the Astia camera profile, and then the same picture as JPEG straight out of the camera with the Astia profile chosen in-cam…….
You can download the latest release candidate of ACR from here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/cameraraw8-4.html
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