Firmware & Software

A Look at Replichrome II from Totally Rad | Thomas Fitzgerald

Replichrome is a set of film emulation presets for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw developed by Totally Rad. Recently Totally Rad launched the second set in the Replichrome series, Replichrome II. The first set was designed to emulate print film, so as you can imagine the second set is designed to emulate slide film. Replichrome II includes presets for Fuji™, Agfa™ and Kodak™ slide films. It is important to understand, that despite being a set of presets for Lightroom, this is a true emulation tool. By making use of Lightroom’s ability to use custom colour profiles, Totally Rad has used scanned film to profile individual film stocks and then combined them with profiles for various digital cameras to create a close emulation of various types of film. It is this use of the colour profiles that separate Replichrome from other Lightroom presets. The other major company to use this technique is VSCO film. People often complain about the cost of these presets, but there is a substantial amount of work involved in profiling various film stocks, not to mention the cost of the equipment involved to do this properly…..

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Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5
release candidates available | Digital Photography Review

For Fuji users:

  • Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 support.
  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings.


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Using Fuji Film Simulations with RAW in Lightroom 5.4 |
Dan Bailey

| 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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Fuji Colour Profile Presets for Lightroom to help speed up your
workflow | Thomas Fitzgerald

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…….

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How to Post-Process Your Street Photography into Black & White
in Lightroom 5 and Silver Efex Pro 2 | Eric Kim

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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Lightroom 5.4 and Lightroom Mobile Released | Thomas Fitzgerald

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:

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…..

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Capture One 7.2.1 Released with Fuji X-T1 support |
Capture Integration

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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Sharpening and Finishing Fuji X-Trans Files in Photoshop
and Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald

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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Lightroom Analytics Plugin | Fernando Gros

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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